Lopez, Antonio

Antonio, stage name of Antonio Lopez (1943-1986), a designer and illustrator. He was one of the great names of the 20th century.

Antonio, stage name of Antonio Lopez (1943-1986), a designer and illustrator. He was one of the great names of the 20th century. In fact, one needs only remember that at the time his work first appeared in the New York Times, Women’s Wear Daily, and Vogue, drawing and illustration seemed to be finished as a way of documenting the world of fashion, totally supplanted by photography. Antonio made them live again. It was the 1970s.

Antonio Lopez is a native of Puerto Rico and the son of a dressmaker and a manufacturer of mannequins. He moved to New York in 1961 to study at the High School of Industrial Design and then at the Fashion Institute of Technology. Decisive for his career was a meeting with the designer Charles James. He began during the era of Pop Art, and this would influence his style, his method of composition, and the feminine type that is a recurring element in his work. Yet he never put his style above the attention to detail and the concern for legibility. Indeed this made his illustrations strong, innovative and absolutely his own.

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One illustration by Antonio Lopez.

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Anthony John

Anthony John, Gianantonio Iorio’s alias, is an American designer. Anthony John was born in New York City on April 28, 1938.

Anthony John, is Gianantonio Iorio’s alias (1938). American designer. Anthony John was born in New York City on April 28, 1938. His father was an Italian-American sculptor. He studied at the Accademia delle Belle Arti in Rome on a scholarship. Then he went back to NYC to study at the Fashion Institute of Technology.

He started his career by working at Devonbrook Sportswear in 1959. He worked there for 9 years. Anthony John also worked briefly for Adolphe Zelinka. Then John Anthony started his own firm on Seventh Avenue, New York in 1971. Then he presented his first collection.

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Anthony John.

He uses the most refined fabrics, such as chiffon and satin, to manufacture extremely simple clothes. His clothing was luxurious. His designs are meant for a young and sophisticated woman. The designer is considered one of the inventors of “easy-to-travel” clothing with garments easy to roll up and pack into bags and suitcases. In fact he uses natural fabrics like wool, crêpe, chiffon, jersey, satin, and menswear fabrics.

Among the various celebrities that have worn the designer’s creations we can find Betty Ford, Rosalynn Carter, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Performers Lena Horne and Audrey Meadow.

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