Roland Mouret‘s London outpost in Mayfair is set to host an Antonio Lopez in-store exhibition to celebrate the late fashion illustrator’s 70th birthday. Opening mid-September and remaining on view for five weeks, the exhibition will feature previously unseen works created for publications including Interview and The New York Times, alongside more recognizable pieces from the 60s-80s. London gallery East of Mayfair will present the exhibition online for those unable to see the works in person. Works in the upcoming exhibition will be available for purchase, and you can browse them online beginning on September 14th here.
Lopez’s work was brought back into the spotlight last year with the publication of the book Antonio Lopez: Fashion, Art, Sex, & Disco, a career retrospective published by Rizzoli with a forward by Andre Leon Talley and an epilogue by Anna Sui. Suzanne Geiss concurrently hosted an exhibition, Antonio’s World, in her soho gallery which surveyed three decades of the illustrator’s creative output, including drawings, photographs, and ephemera. Lopez is most known for his seminal works throughout the 70s and 80s that adorned the pages of Vogue, WWD, Interview and The New York Times. Lopez was notorious for his drawings that commented on and took inspiration from contemporary culture. He worked with Karl Lagerfeld in the 70’s and helped to launch the careers of now-established models including Jerry Hall, Pat Cleveland, and Marisa Berenson, collectively known as “Antonio’s Girls.” The artist sadly passed away in 1987 from AIDS, but it is clear his legacy lives on in the worlds of both art and fashion.
Also launching in September, M.A.C. Cosmetics recently announced a one month, limited-edition collection inspired by Lopez. In keeping with the disco era theme, the makeup collection, which includes eye shadows, lip palettes and cosmetic bags, will feature bold vibrant colors such as electric blue and fuchsia. Atonio’s Girls were appropriately tapped to star in the print ad campaign, their outfits matching the collection colors and inspired by the glamorous look of the 70s. The collection launches online on September 5th and in stores September 12th.