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FASHION ILLUSTRATION GALLERY ART FAIR IS AT THE SHOP AT THE BLUEBIRD

FASHION ILLUSTRATION GALLERY ART FAIR IS AT THE SHOP AT THE BLUEBIRD

FIGAF (Fashion Illustration Gallery Art Fair) returns to The Shop at Bluebird this weekend. Hosted for the first time at the store’s new Covent Garden flagship, edition 3 of FIG’s annual showcase connects the very best emerging talent and fashion illustration’s biggest stars with art collectors at every price point. Discover the very best in class paintings, drawings and collages and start a collection of works by the world’s leading artists in this genre.

Contributing Artists

Blair Breitenstein, Helen Bullock, Gill Button, Cecilia Carlstedt, Peter Copping, David Downton, Fahren Feingold, Andrea Ferolla, Richard Haines, Tanya Ling, Marko Matysik, Rosie McGuinness, Gladys Perint Palmer, Stina Persson, Daisy de Villeneuve, Martin Welch.

Two weeks prior to FIGAF, FIG will launch the first ever online auction of Fashion Illustration. FIG Auction Sale 1 presents works by David Downton, Gill Button, Cecilia Carlstedt, Tanya Ling, Rosie McGuinness, Blair Breitenstein and Peter Copping. The Auction opens at 9am on Thursday 22nd and closes at 9pm on Thursday 6th December. Starting Bids from £75.00 (please click here).

Friday 7th December Events

 Above: Cecilia Carlstedt | Cover photo: David Downton

Above: Cecilia Carlstedt | Cover photo: David Downton

11am: Daira Reina and Andrea Ferolla interviewed by Clare Coulson.

Not only is Andrea Ferolla fast becoming one of the most sought after fashion illustrators in the world he is also, with his wife Daria Reina, founder and owner of Chez Dede, Rome's chicest store. Fashion writer and journalist Clare Coulson will sit them down and ask the couple what makes them tick and what role Andrea's art has played in their success.

2pm: Richard Haines from Brooklyn NY draws live.

Recent years have seen Haines's reputation grow and grow. He was last seen doing this for Dries Van Noten. Watch him enter the zone and work his magic with oil stick and ink and paint and glue.

5pm: Twenty questions with David Downton

(Everything you ever wanted to know about DD but were afraid to ask)

Legendary fashion artist, David Downton, will be lifting the curtain on his life front row and backstage and revealing what it’s like to sit across the drawing board from the world’s most iconic beauties. It’s cocktail hour, so have your questions ready and come and hear The Master of this art tell all!

Saturday 8th December

 Peter Copping

Peter Copping

11am: Peter Copping in Conversation with Lucinda Chambers

Lucinda Chambers, FIG collector and FIG ambassador will be in conversation with Peter Copping, FIG friend and new FIG artist. As Fashion Director at British Vogue for almost the last three decades Lucinda has created fashion imagery that has defined a generation. Her unparalleled knowledge and experience sets her apart as one of the most important and influential creatives working today. Her latest project, the new label Colville, is a touch point for cultural discernment and is the 'antithesis of fast fashion’.

Peter Copping is best known as a designer who worked alongside Marc Jacobs at Louis Vuitton for 12 years as Head of Womenswear. He went on to become the Creative Director at Nina Ricci and then Oscar de la Renta. He is contributing drawings to and participating in FIGAF for the first time.

2pm: Blair Breitenstein from Williamsburg NY Draws Live

Breitenstein's punk rock on paper aesthetic is a counter point to the manicured, high end, luxury, spoilt women, high hair and surgically faked world that she depits. She usually does this hidden away back stage for MAC cosmetics.

Sunday 9th December Events

 Gill Button 2018

Gill Button 2018

2.30pm: The Gill Button Interview

In 2014 Gill Button created a blog called Sketchy Men for which she made a new water colour painting or drawing every day. This was quickly followed by her Instagram feed @buttonfruit which helped her gain a dedicated fan club and an audience including some of the most discerning art directors in fashion. The oil paintings that followed the Sketchy Men series of models starting out in fashion helped her gain new clients including Gucci, Dries Van Noten, Glamour and Numero.

How to Get There

The Shop at Bluebird, Covent Garden:

Map: Carriage Hall, 29 Floral Street, London, WC2E 9DP

Tel: 020 7351 3873

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