Drawing Fashion Special Edition
The Art of Kenneth Paul Block
By Susan Mulcahy
With a numbered portfolio print, enclosed
in a black fabric display case.
Limited and individually hand-numbered portfolio print custom printed for the Special Edition of Drawing Fashion
The primary colors in Yves Saint Laurent’s Rive Gauche October 1971 ready-to-wear collection were very different from the darker shades usually seen in his couture clothes.
Drawings made during Paris couture shows included coiffures by Alexandre, for many years the leading hairdresser in Paris, and a Dior silhouette from the 1960s.
During a Courreges show in Paris in the 1960s, Kenneth sketched one of the designs on an invitation to the show.
Kenneth’s drawing of the Duchess of Windsor, wearing Yves Saint Laurent’s pale-blue organza evening gown, appeared on page one of WWD on April 9, 1962.
In December 1964, Kenneth and WWD fashion writer June Weir were seated next to Kennedy at Le Mistral (a New York restaurant “so popular and elegant you could hardly get in,” declared the paper), where he made this drawing.
Kenneth’s design for an aubergine velvet inaugural gown for Kennedy appeared on WWD‘s front page.
In April of 1972, both Women’s Wear Daily and W ran this richly colored drawing illustrating “The Big Coat.” From left to right, designs by Oscar de la Renta, Geoffrey Beene, Giorgio di Sant’ Angelo, Bill Blass, Chester Weinberg, and Donald Brooks.
This portrait of de la Renta was drawn for WWD.
The broad brush strokes in this watercolor convey the vibrant sophistication of an Oscar de la Renta coat from the early 1980s.
Mizrahi’s kilt dress, under a taffeta parka, was a W cover in May 1989.
Mizrahi was lauded on an October 1989 cover of W as “Irresistible Isaac” with this drawing of his “All-American tennis shirt” in cotton trimmed with organza and worn with a satin dirndl and glen-plaid “mini-trench” coat.
Kenneth infused this drawing from November 1971 with rich color to make the point that Saint Laurent had done the same thing in his collection for Rive Gauche, his ready-to-wear line.
This charcoal portrait of Saint Laurent was drawn for a Bonwit Teller newspaper advertisement.
Tunics over trousers or skirts were among the evening styles shown by Saint Laurent in early 1976.
Saint Laurent revisited the 1940s in a 1971 collection. Kenneth’s bold strokes captured the flair of this 1972 Cossack-style coat.
The famous Mondrian dress was part of a YSL collection for Fall-Winter 1965-66. Kenneth drew the original during the couture showings, before WWD added color. This version was done in 1983 for a W feature on the YSL retrospective at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute.
In February 1990, Kenneth painted the full spectrum of color in Versace’s “Harlequin-inspired silk velvet swing coat.”
Designed by Shahid & Co., and featuring contributions from Isaac Mizrahi and Yves Saint Laurent, Drawing Fashion is striking and sublime look at the life and work of fashion illustrator Kenneth Paul Block. Each example from the book’s Special Edition is signed by Mr. Block, and includes a striking black display case and an individually numbered, limited edition illustration printed exclusively for Pointed Leaf Press. For a limited time only, you can purchase this Special Edition for $200, reduced from $395!
About the Author
Susan Mulcahy is a writer, editor, and media consultant based in New York. She has been an editor of the New York Post’s “Page Six,” editor in chief of Avenue magazine, vice-president of Starwave, a Web content company, producer of the CD recordings of the monologue artist Ruth Draper, and the author of My Lips are Sealed (Doubleday).
Why We Published This
We published the Special Edition of Drawing Fashion with the fluid elegance of Mr. Block’s drawings in mind – the display case, exclusive print, and book provide an ensemble reflection of the artwork therein, and emphasize the truly gracious personality of the subject.