View the original works of Irwin Crosthwait

An exhibition at Gray MCA celebrates the work of the renowned fashion illustrator

Gray Modern and Contemporary Art (MCA) are celebrating the launch of London Fashion Week by showing the works of unsung fashion illustrator Irwin 'Bud' Crosthwait from 17th - 22nd September. The selling exhibition will feature more than 60 original works from private collections around the world including paintings as well as his elegant fashion illustrations.

The Canadian painter started his career as an advertising artist at one of Canada's largest department stores before joining the Royal Navy as an official naval artist, painting both ships and his fellow sailors. Once discharged from the Navy he moved to Paris where he began sketching designs for his friends Emilio Pucci and Marc Vaughan, giving him his first break in fashion illustration.

Prices at the exhibition range from £350 to £10,000 and highlight Crosthwait's work as one of Paris' acclaimed fashion illustrators. His work has been featured in major fashion publications such as Vogue, Elle and Harper's Bazaar and used by designers including Givenchy, Dior and Yves St Laurent.

A fashionable choice...

Crosthwait: Drawing on Style, Gray MCA, Gallery 8, 8 Duke Street, St James's, London, SW1Y 6BN. Thursday 17th - Tuesday 22nd September. Thursday 9.30am-8pm, all other days 9.30am-6pm. 01747 840725; graymca.co.uk

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