Sunday, September 30, 2012

ANTONIO LOPEZ - Book Signing and Exhibit

reporter: Miguel Dominguez

On September 13th, Roger Padilha and Mauricio Padilha had a book signing of their latest book Antonio Fashion, Art, Sex & Disco at the Bernarducci. Meisel. Gallery, which was exhibiting Antonio's Illustrations as well. It was the first complete monograph on Antonio Lopez, the influential Warholian fashion illustrator of the 1960s, 70s, and 80s.

Best known for dazzling illustrations in Women’s Wear Daily, Vogue, the New York Times, Interview, and also for high fashion labels, Antonio Lopez (1943–1987) was a force majeur in the fashion world for three decades. In the ‘60s, Lopez’s vibrant illustrations helped usher youth culture into the pages of magazines, setting a new, free-flowing, sexually liberated standard for fashion imagery. Living in Paris during the 70s with his creative partner Juan Ramos, Lopez launched the modeling careers of Jerry Hall, Grace Jones, and Jessica Lange among others, worked with design royalty like Karl Lagerfeld and Yves Saint Laurent, and cultivated a soignĂ© nightlife persona in the blistering-hot underground clubs of Paris. Returning to New York City in 1976, Antonio documented the sexy influence of athletic-wear, puffy, down coats, and break-dancing style, inspiring such designers as Norma Kamali and Anna Sui.

Roger and Mauricio Padilha, Authors of the much ballyhooed, and much coveted book

Roger and Marina Press, Director of Bernaducci.Meisel.Gallery, with Misha G. and Mauricio

The prolific Lopez produced an incredible number of drawings, illustrations, paintings, photographs, and fantastic mixed-media journals, and this book showcases his most iconic works, as well as never-before-seen Instamatic photos, behind-the-scenes Polaroids, letters, and ephemera which, together, provide an understanding of the career trajectory of an extraordinarily talented artist, and convey Antonio Lopez’s enduring influence on fashion today.

Roger Padilha and Mauricio Padilha are the founders of MAO Public Relations and MAO Mag, and authors of  The Stephen Sprouse Book. 

Caitlin Leffel, Rizzoli Editor of the Antonio book, flanked by Roger and Mauricio

Widely recognized during this period as the world’s most influential fashion illustrator, Antonio’s work took on a deeper, more sculptural dimension in the 80s, richly detailed, with a vivid palette, and heroic proportions and poses. So deft and varied in his expression, Antonio Lopez simultaneously executed campaigns for labels as diverse as Norma Kamali, YSL, Valentino, Missoni, and Versace—an unprecedented feat in a highly competitive industry.

Publicist Simona Venus Scafura, Marco Albanese, Mauricio and Artist/Designer Marco Santaniello

Andy Warhol Factory alumnus Corey Grant Tippin with Stella Rose and Greg Baron

Mauricio looks on as Corey tries on the Mask-Invite for the Antonio book bash
that took place on September 28th, in Paris
To see the article on the second book signing event of this book, click here.

To See More Photos of this Event, CLICK HERE

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