Always in Fashion: Hilda Glasgow’s Art

Hilda Glasgow certainly had a flair for fashion illustration.

One of my favorite perks from being a design journalist is getting to know the photographers who shoot the rooms that end up looking killer-good in magazine spreads. One such gifted shutterbug is Elizabeth Glasgow, who was the eyes behind most of my pieces for Distinction Magazine and a collaborator on a number of shoots I produced for Coastal Living. You might say she’s the prime example of “the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree,” as her mother, Hilda Glasgow, was equally talented but as a top fashion illustrator from the 1940s to the 1960s.

She was a woman ahead of her time,” says Liz, who has lovingly preserved her mother’s drawings and is just now bringing them back into the public realm. “She was born in 1913, and graduated from Pratt Institute in NYC in 1933. She illustrated the cutting-edge mid 20th century fashions of that time for magazines such as Vogue and a variety of high-end department stores, including Saks Fifth Avenue and Best & Co.” Liz is offering Hilda’s original pen and ink drawings as gicleé reproductions–the perfect case of a daughter’s talents preserving and advancing a parent’s (I like that enormously!). Each order is custom printed on a heavyweight archival paper that mimics the original paper. They are available in four sizes ranging from 9″ x 12″ to 2′ x 3′.

You can see them here on Liz’s new site The White Cabinet (follow her on Twitter here). Fans of fashion that play out in the classic movies such as “Funny Face” and “Breakfast at Tiffany’s,” and is defined by that little black dress, will find these vintage illustrations simply irresistible. I thought this would be the perfect interior-design-cum-fashion related item to catapult us all into fashion week. And to see the embodiment of the level of glamour Hilda was capturing, here’s a little clip of the personification of it.

I’ll be stopping by Jason Wu’s post-runway-show cocktail party this afternoon at the invitation of Brizo Faucets to meet some of my favorite tweeps. Will give you a report in a timely fashion! Happy catwalk-ing everyone! Postscript: Elizabeth did a blog post about our post (thanks, Liz!); find it here.

  • gayle pickering

    I love Liz’s work and her new site showcasing her mother’s beautiful drawings. And i’m glad she sent me the link here, as this is a great blog as well. Time to add you to my google reader. Thanks Liz and Saxon.

  • Saxon Henry

    So glad you like the blog! Liz’s mom was indeed talented (of course, that’s no surprise given her talent!). Thanks for stopping in and taking the time to comment!

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