The Birth of Fashion

The first complete monograph of the famous illustrator and photographer Antonio Lopez, gives us the chance to travel in the most glorious decades of fashion.

Text: Eirini Nikolaou

Antonio lopez: Fashion, art, sex and disco. An archive created by Mauricio and Roger Padilha that includes illustrations and photographs of the warholian fashion illustrator in the 1960s, 70s and 80s.
Vogue, New York Times, WWD and all the high fashion labels, such as Valentino and Missoni, were “decorated” by the artwork of Lopez. He has also launched model careers like the ones of Jerry Hall, Jessica Lange and Grace Jones among others. Antonio was a man with a very intense lifestyle, a quite  important factor for setting a new free-flowing, sexually liberated standard for fashion imagery.

His life and artwork were influenced by New York’s street style and his life in Paris, when he was friends with Karl Lagerfeld and Yves-Saint Laurent. Grace Coddington, Grace Jones, and Pat Cleveland -“Antonio’s Girls” as they were called- were wandering around Paris and New York wearing eccentric make up, alongside Antonio Lopez, Juan Rammos and Andy Warhol, causing nothing but surprise to the people on the streets. Of course nobody had any idea that they would become at that very time witnesses on the birth of some of the biggest fashion idols in modern history. Anna Sui, who writes the epilogue of the book, leaves us with the the phrase “I’m from the generation that came to New York to meet their idols. In my case it was Andy Warhol and Antonio Lopez”.