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Gladys Perint Palmer and the Art of Fashion Illustration | Sonam Kapoor Illustration by Gladys Perint Palmer
Gladys Perint Palmer and the Art of Fashion Illustration
19 th Apr 2015

Fashion illustrator, Gladys Perint Palmer, has spent over 30 years documenting couture. The former fashion writer and journalist, front-row fashion critic and top selling author, who is known to draw quicker than she writes, is presently the executive vice president of Artistic Development at the Academy of Art University in California.

Gladys, wildly known as GPP, recently visited numerous Indian cities as an ambassador of the Academy of Art University. As well as networking whilst in India, she has also been sketching. Her stunning illustrations contain many different views such as the Gateway of India and the Taj Mahal, Indian women wearing sarees, anarkalis and bindis, men in traditional wear such as nehru jackets, elaborate wedding apparel and Lord Ganesha. This is not the first time Gladys has captured something Indian within her sketches. It turns out she illustrated Sonam Kapoor, at Elie Saab’s Paris Fashion Week presentation a little while ago. She stated that she spotted her sitting in the front row and thought she looked beautiful so instantly captured her in sketch. Gladys has also sketched well-known celebrities such as Julia Roberts and Karl Lagerfeld. She particularly finds the 90s—when many top fashion designers became famous — and ultimately the most creative and renowned period in the crazy world of fashion. Gladys says that it is not just the clothes from this period that interest her, but the different types of people who wear them and the silhouettes, colours and theatrical accessories.

But this super talented and renowned illustrator has her bad days too. “The challenge is to hit a good day. A drawing can take seven minutes or 30 years,” Stated Gladys whose most beloved labels to work with are that of Azzedine Alaia, John Galliano and Jean Paul Gaultier. She has stated that her most memorable project was working on the American filmmaker Robert Altman’s ‘Prêt-à-Porter’, as well as illustrating Versace’s homes.

Gladys’s artwork predominantly takes place as effortless and simple line drawings with an amazing use of colour.

She has been known to use a number of tools, from an ink dropper, to her fingers, to an eagle’s feather. She has also created a number of illustrations and drawings on the i-Pad.

Gladys has recently stated that she doesn’t think fashion illustration is a dying art, and that there is still plenty of work out their for fashion illustrators.

Gladys is a graduate of Central Saint Martins based in London and also Parsons School of Design based New York, but she originally learnt to draw from her mother.

Apart from having her work published in many fashion magazines and advertisements, Gladys has also had three books published of her artwork. All, especially ‘Adam and Yves’, have sold extremely well. She is now currently working on her fourth book, which is titled ‘Designer Dogs and Couture Cats’. 

Sources: Dna India

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