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As I was shopping for some chic christmas cards last week, I came across some designed by David Downton. The reaction to the cards was – I love it- so chic. So of course for Letspeakchic- I had to tell you more about him.
David downtown is one of the world’s leading illustrators/fashion artist celebrated, for his timeless drawings of Paris Haute Couture and his elegant portraits of the world’s most chic women.
He was born in Kent in the south of England in 1959
He studied at Canterbury foundation year 1977 to 1978 and then went on to do a
Ba(Hons) illustrator/graphics 1979-1981.In 1984 David Downtown then moved to Brighton and began his illustration career for 12 years.
He worked on a variety of projects ranging from:
-Advertising, Packaging, Cook Books, Illustrating fiction books
He was commissioned by the financial times in 1996 to draw the couture shows and since then David has become known principally as a fashion illustrator.
His reports for the show have been viewed all over the globe.
David has commercially worked for and with among others: Tiffany& Co, Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, L’Oreal, V magazine, Van Cleef, Arpels,Barney’s New York Chanel and Dior.
In 1998 David began working on a portfolio of portraits from life of some of the world’s most chic women who include:Erin O’connor, Catherine Deneuve, Linda Evangalista, Carmen Dell’Oreice, Iman, Dita Von Teese and Paloma Picasso.
He launched POURQUOI PAS the first ever fashion journal.
David is also a visiting professor at London College of fashion in April 2009 he received an honour doctorate from the Academy of Art here in San Francisco.
Here are some of my favorites:
His book is now available on amazon what a great gift for the fashionista in your life!