George Stavrinos- Graphic Fashion Illustrator

I admit that looking at a George Stavrinos Illustration of a Gianfranco Ferre Design back in the eighties had a huge impact on my own style of Fashion Illustration. I wish I still had those drawings still. His drawings were done in pencil in an architectural constructivist style.

Stavrinos-Vogue March 1978

George Stavrinos was born in 1948, a son of Greek immigrants, who made a home in Somerville. he graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1969. After a year of study abroad he began working for Pushpin Studios. He had a successful career as a fashion illustrator, creating powerful visual identities for Bergdorf Goodman and other retailers. He also art directed Hollywood films, including “Union City” (1980), and illustrated books. While primarily an illustrator, the influenced of his teachers Harry Callahan and Aaron Siskind at Rhode Island can certainly be seen in his photography. Stavrinos’s work is included in many specialty design collections, including the Frances Neady Collection and the Leslie-Lohman Gay Art Foundation. his drawings and illustrations soon began to appear in The New York Times, Gentleman’s Quarterly and Cosmopolitan. He did freelance work for Barney’s Clothes, Bergdorf Goodman and Push Pin Studio.

Stavrinos- Vogue April 1985

In the mid-1980’s he created a series of drawings that were used to promote the repertory of the New York City Opera. His work was exhibited in galleries in Manhattan, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Washington, Providence, London, Paris and Tokyo. He was 42 years old and lived in Manhattan. He died of complications of pneumonia at Beth Israel Hospital in Manhattan in 1990. He was a 2007 inductee into the Society of Illustrators Hall of Fame.

Stavrinos- Vogue November 1984

Stavrinos- Vogue September 1983

Vogue April 1983



Vintage Fashion Illustration

I am going to post some fashion illustrations I found in my Vogue Magazines.The most influential illustrator for me, growing up and looking at Glamour and Vogue magazines whenever i can get my hands on them was George Stavrinos. I didn’t know anything about him, but i loved to look at the architectural construction of his work.

George Stavrinos (1948-1990) was an American illustrator. Born in Somerville Massachusetts he graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1969. After a year of study abroad he began working for Pushpin Studios. Below is an advert featuring Gianfranco Ferre!!!

This next illustrator I could not find any information on them on the internet. The name is RRT Sonche. He/She drew for Vogue Magazine back in the mid-40s and Illustrated some adverts such as the one below depicting a model in a Maurice Rentner, sold at Kauffmanns:

The next Illustrator is Cuca Romley. She was born in Madrid Spain and Currently resides in New York City. Her drawings were featured in ads for kimberly Fashions.The first illustration was featured in Vogue May 1970 and the second was in Vogue March 1 1971. Cuca Romley is a well known well established artist, who has completed many shows from 1955-2010.

The next illustration i do not know who drew the picture but the combination of colors was so striking,When I saw it for the first time again in over 10 years, i instantly remembered this Dior advertisement.

I have some more illustrations including the Ruben Toledo ads for Nordstrom and the illustrations for the Manolo Blahnik shoe ads (they will be added in later). Posted below:

Manolo Blahnik Vogue Sept 2006


Manolo Blahnik -Vogue Sept 2010

Unfortunately I can not find a signature on these illustrations, so i do not know who has created them unless it is the designer himself. I love the second pair. I think they would be quite stunning when realized!!!!!!!

Ruben Toledo is the husband of Fashion Designer Isabel Toledo.They married in 1984. He draws her inspirations, then they bring them to fruition. Their relationship is truly a collaboration. Born in Cuba, he now lives in New York with his wife.

I hope you enjoyed this post…till Next time!!!!!!