In 1962, when Antonio Lopez (1943-1987), known as “Antonio,” left FIT for a full-time job at Women’s Wear Daily, illustration was already steadily losing ground to photography in fashion editorial. Over the course of his career, however, working with his art director (and fellow FIT grad) Juan Ramos, Antonio staked out new territory. Typical illustrations of the time featured staid white women in stiff, artificial poses. Antonio incorporated people of color, contemporary social issues, overt sexuality, and references to modern art. His style was so protean that he was sometimes called “the Picasso of fashion illustration.”

ANTONIO (LOPEZ), ca. 1975, Marker and pastel, Possibly for Walter Albini

ANTONIO (LOPEZ), 1976, Marker and pastel, 1 in a series of 3

ANTONIO (LOPEZ), ca. 1980s, Marker and ink, For Bloomingdale’s, Donor: Juan Ramos

ANTONIO (LOPEZ), 1980s, Graphite and ink

ANTONIO (LOPEZ), 1981, Graphite and watercolor

ANTONIO (LOPEZ), ca. 1980s, Graphite and ink

ANTONIO (LOPEZ), ca. 1980s, Graphite and gouache