A FINE LINE IN FASHION: THE ART OF GLADYS PERINT PALMER
Gray M.C.A, the international leaders in the field of original Fashion Illustration, are returning this February to London’s hub for the Arts, Cromwell Place to unveil ‘A Fine Line in Fashion’ – an exhibition bringing together over 30 original works by acclaimed fashion illustrator, journalist, and author, Gladys Perint Palmer.
Opening on Tuesday 15 February and available to view until Sunday 20 February, the exhibition is a celebration of “GPP”, in a retrospective of her outstanding life in fashion as one of the most influential and respected illustrators of the modern era.
Inviting visitors on a dynamic journey through style & haute couture, the exhibition captures the colourful, creative essence of the fashion world, and examines the fine line of a fashion illustrator who not only understands fashion, but holds a certain affinity to the models who have walked the runways for fashion powerhouses across the globe. The exhibition will see some of GPP’s best original works that have lit up the pages of Vogue, The New York Times, L’Officiel, Grazia, Harper’s Bazaar, The Sunday Times, San Francisco Examiner and more – over the past forty years.
Continuing an essential and skilled tradition in a time where illustrations were often overlooked for the more fashionable camera, GPP’s electric illustrations are filled with colour, life & soul – complete with a mischievous undercurrent, synonymous with the artists’ world and front row seat at haute couture shows in London, Paris, Milan and New York.
GPP has documented collections for some of the world’s most coveted designers including Dior, Burberry, Balenciaga, Christian Lacroix, Philip Tracey, Oscar de la Renta, Alexander McQueen and Karl Lagerfeld, to name a few, with the artist also holding a lasting association of particular note with Anna Piaggi, the legendary Editor of Vogue Italia whom in 1989, organised a solo exhibition of GPP’s work in Milan.
Speaking about the opening of A Fine Line in Fashion at Gray M.C.A, GPP says: “Drawings take minutes to create and a lifetime to perfect. All my drawings begin with a line, which for me is as important as the character of the person I am drawing. The line defines movement, attitude and personality, and I build on this line dependent on the figure I am portraying. The figure almost always dictates the medium that I use and I draw people as I see them – the best are all beautiful. It has been an honour to work with Gray M.C.A on this new exhibition, and I hope my work brings inspiration and joy to visitors now that physical events are returning after a difficult time for all.”
A Fine Line in Fashion launches with an Opening Preview on Tuesday 15 February 2022, and an in-person masterclass with GPP on Thursday 17 February.
The exhibition will transfer to Gray M.C.A Bath from 2 March – 16 April 2022.