Drawing on Style Exhibition

Friday 14th September 2018


September 14th, 2018 to September 21st, 2018


10:00am to 6:30pm


Gray M.C.A at Gallery 8 | 8 Duke Street St James's | London | SW1Y 6BN

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To coincide with London Fashion Week, Gray M.C.A presents Drawing on Style, a new exhibition of rare original fashion illustrations. 

Drawing on Style will highlight the extraordinary talents of leading fashion artists of the 20th century, including rare and previously unseen original works by masters of the genre as well as work by important contemporary fashion illustrators working at the forefront of fashion interpretation today.

Highlights of Drawing on Style include previously unseen illustrations by the renowned artist René Gruau (1909-2004), powerful early work from the estate of American artist Antonio Lopez (1943 - 1987), leader of the hedonistic New York fashion crowd who burst onto the scene in the 70s, original sketches by the influential Sunday Times fashion columnist Colin McDowell (b. 1936), new work by British illustrator Jason Brooks (b. 1969), whose clients include Chanel and Louis Vuitton, and works by the celebrated American contemporary fashion illustrator and Christian Dior’s artist-in-residence Bil Donovan (b. 1953).

Drawing on Style will also include original Illustrations by René Bouché (1905 - 1963), Carl ‘Eric’ Erickson (1891 - 1958), René Bouët Willaumez (1900 - 1979), Joe Eula (1925 - 2004), Kenneth Paul Block (1924 - 2009) and fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld (b. 1933).

The drawings have since remained in private collections or artists’ estates and many will be displayed publicly for the first time in Drawing on Style.

A series of special talks and evening events will run alongside the exhibition, with Christian Dior’s celebrated artist-in-residence Bil Donovan holding a special drawing masterclass on 17 September from 7-9pm and a Q&A evening with British fashion illustrator and author Jason Brooks on 18  September from 7-8.30pm. A free talk in the exhibition space will be held at 1.30pm daily throughout the exhibition.

Exhibition Preview: Thursday 13 September 2018, 6 – 8.30pm. BIID Members are kindly invited to attend the preview evening, please access the members area for details.

Exhibition Talks: 1.30pm Daily (free) 

Masterclass Evening Event with Christian Dior Artist in Residence Bil Donovan

Monday 17 September 7 – 9pm (£10 per ticket - drawing materials & champagne included)

Q&A Evening Event with British Fashion Illustrator & Author Jason Brooks

Tuesday 18 September 7 – 8.30pm (free)

The exhibition will also tour to the new Gray M.C.A gallery in Bath in October 2018, which will be the UK’s first permanent independent gallery specialising in original 20th century fashion illustration and artist textiles.

For further information and booking please email