I can't say that looking at the recent New York fashions hasn't had its effect: I've decided to take out my books by the great fashion illustrator Antonio to have a look. Antonio Lopez (1943 – 1987), possibly the definitive fashion illustrator, whose drawings appeared frequently in all the top glossies, ads and whose works were exhibited in galleries all over the world, died tragically of AIDS, aged 44. P, my friend in ACS, introduced him to me when I was in my teens, and I really learnt water colour from copying his drawings. I still have scads of these sketches somewhere. In fact, P gave me Antonio's Girls. Yes, it's that old, and so is the friendship.Later I bought Antonio's People. I tend to think it could have been from Asia Books in Bangkok, but I can't be sure anymore - possibly in 2005 or thereabouts. One did run out of things to buy in Bangkok.
Most precious of all is the beautiful book Antonio's Tales from The Thousand And One Nights that comes slip-covered in blue a royal blue fabric and gold-stamped with stars. I count it as one of my favourite possessions, and if I had to rescue one book from the proverbial burning building, this one might just be it."In the world of illustration, his contribution is superior to the efforts of all other fashion artists of his era." —Karl Lagerfeld
Read an interesting essay on Antonio's work at this link: http://latino.si.edu/virtualgallery/antonio/bodyessay.htm