New York: Congreve Publishing Company, 1982. 1st Edition. Quarto, publisher's black cloth, spine gilt, red endpapers, original illustrated dust jacket.
First edition of the first book devoted to the work of legendary Nuyorican fashion illustrator Lopez, signed and dated by him in the year of publication in gold marker on the half-title. 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. He is closely associated with the models and actresses whose careers he helped launch and from whom he drew inspiration, including Jessica Lange, Tina Chow, Jerry Hall, Pat Cleveland and Grace Jones, each of whom appears here, and gives an interview about working with Lopez: "But Antonio really taught me everything. He wouldn't pick a girl who didn't have some sort of personality that was there from the beginnin', but then he would teach you how to put it into channels that were more saleable for work. He'd teach you what to do with your hands when you were posin' an' every other little thing" (Hall). Lopez died in 1987 at the age of 44, of AIDS-related complications. Illustrated throughout with color and black-and-white plates, photos, drawings and reproductions. Light soiling and edgewear to unclipped dust jacket. Near fine. Item #977