To collaborate with the best of fashion, publications and muses is a fantasy for most of us. One man has made that dream a reality with an artist flare. One David Downton.
Born in 1959 in Kent, England. Downton studied at Caterbury and Wolverhampton from 1977-1981. Once in Brighton, Downton began his illustration career in advertising and packaging. Later evolving to works of fiction, cookery books and finally find his calling in fashion.
As to who Downton has worked with since 1996; a true black book of style, and haute couture. Magazines include; Vogue, V Magazine, The Times, The Telegraph Magazine, Vanity Fair, Harper’s Bazaar and The New York Times. Commercial work; Chanel, Estée Lauder, Tiffanys New York, Dior, Harrods, Top Shop and the V&A Museum. If this litany of chic is not enough, he has also immortalised some of the planets most beautiful women. Cate Blanchett, Dita Von Teese, Carmen Dell’ orefice, Iman, Daphne Guinness, Joan Collins and Catherine Deneuve.
2007 saw Downton edited ‘Pourquoi Pas? A Journal of Fashion Illustration’ the only publication that specialises in illustration for fashion. Expanding his illustrated credentials, Downton released his debut book ‘Masters of Fashion Illustration’ in 2010. In addition to his formal education and training, Downton has been awarded multiple honoury doctorates from the Academy of Arts in San Francisco and the London College of Fashion.
In 2011, Downton became the first ever resident artist for the renowned landmark hotel Claridges. In exchange for staying in one of the finest hotels in the world (52 nights a year); Downton would sketch the hotel’s illustrious guests. A chic deal indeed, if only that offer was expanded to include those lacking in artistic talents.
His work seems to centre around the motif of a white background, undefined lines and a healthy does of red lips and touches of purple. A simple trademark but not without skill and passion that has been seducing the world’s most sophisticated for almost 20 years.