These striking illustrations come from a 1950's fashion catalogue my dad always had in his songwriting workshop. It's dusty, torn, pages wrinkly, cover and many pages missing but it's still quite a thick catalogue with hundreds of pages filled with these brilliant illustrations! The printing quality is also superb which enables you to study in detail each line and drawing mark. I love the economy of the lines and how the artist can convey the type of the materials, the styling, the flow, colours and patterns of the dresses without over-crowding the artwork. The perfection on the faces of the beautiful models made a huge impression on me as a teenager! Some are obviously based on young Audrey Hepburn - or would it be the other way round? Shame we'll never know the name of the artist.
Classic 1950's humorous caricatures by Gerard Hoffnung (born in Berlin 1925 - London 1959). Hoffnung was one of many artists and intellectuals whose families fled Nazi Germany in the 1930's to settle in Britain. Here's his biography from wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gerard_Hoffnung I was really lucky to find two of his books dating from 1957 and 1959 in a fairly good condition earlier this year. I'll be featuring the other book - called "Acoustics" - in this blog sometime next year.