Antonio. Antonio Lopez, Richard Miller, Bill Cunningham, Juan Ramos, text, cover photo, design.

Antonio. Retrospective 1963-1987

New York: The Fashion Institute of Technology, 1989. 1st Edition. Slim folio, publisher's stapled photo-illustrated stiff paper wraps.

Exhibition catalog for an FIT retrospective on the work of legendary Nuyorican fashion illustrator Antonio Lopez. Lopez came to New York from Puerto Rico as a child and attended the High School of Music and Art and FIT. Over the years, he worked at the New York Times, Women's Wear Daily, and in collaboration with Karl Lagerfeld, and his work appeared regularly in Vogue, Vanity Fair, Interview and Harper's Bazaar. His stylized portraits and flamboyant use of color set the mold for 80s fashion illustrators. Lopez died in 1987 at the age of 44, of AIDS-related complications. "Antonio was subservient neither to fashion not to stylistic identity. On the contrary, his art has a virtuoso presence that give his 'look' to the diversity of styles in his command. The wondrous witness is that one always recognizes an Antonio and that one sees his work as a tour de force of style" (from the text by FIT executive director Richard Martin). Illustrated throughout with full-bleed color and black-and-white plates; with an exhibition checklist. Lightest rubbing to corners, else fine. Scarce. Item #1568