Alfalibra Gallery and its curator Frédéric Fontan are pleased to present the second edition of the Fashion Illustrators exhibition entitled ICONS. They brought together two exceptional artists, fashion illustrators Antoine Kruk and Marc-Antoine Coulon, to honor the fashion personalities who have marked our time with their creations.
© Antoine Kruk
The two Parisian artists have showcased their brushstrokes, aquarelles, and collages in many prestigious magazines such as Madame Figaro, Vanity Fair, Harpers Bazaar’s and Vogue with different creative universes.
Karl Lagerfeld by Antoine Kruk
Icons – Fashion Illustrators is dedicated to three types of icons:
• The creators who revolutionized the fashion world, creating their own identity, a recognizable image among thousands;
• The top models who marked their era with their silhouettes and their approaches on the catwalk, as well as the actors, singers, artists who assumed an avant-garde style and became muses and made a whole of generations dream;
• The iconic fashion houses that have become timeless icons illustrated by shapes, accessories, colors that are inseparable from them today.
Kate Moss by Marc-Antoine Coulon
Karl Lagerfeld by Marc-Antoine Coulon
Stefano Gabbana and Domenico Dolce by Marc-Antoine Coulon
From Rykiel to Gaultier, Lagerfeld to Mugler, the two artists carefully sketch the extraordinary characters of these legends. Linda, Naomie, Ines, Giselle, Anna, so many names that have become the glories of the fashion world through their attitudes, glances, smiles… Valentino, Lancel, Chanel, world-famous Maisons whose essence can be captured by an it-bag, a silhouette, a sole color.
Icons make up the whole popular imagery and surround us in every medium, inspiring us constantly. This is how Marc-Antoine Coulon and Antoine Kruk were able to transcribe a movement, a detail, a look, or a silhouette in their works and give us their perceptions of their icons.
Antoine Kruk is a multifaceted Franco-Japanese artist, illustrator, author, artistic director, and freelance designer for brands such as Louis Vuitton, Nina Ricci, Valentino, Thierry Mugler, but also a costume designer for the Opera and for the Crazy Horse of Paris… We regularly find his sense of humor published in Madame Figaro or for the communication of Maison Ernest, in his two books “Look at me Tokyo“ and “Crazy“ published by Eyrolles, or the collection “Shibuya Soul” at Archimbaud editor. It is from these rich collaborations, meetings, and journeys that he draws inspiration, with liveliness and depth. He favors freehand drawing, with a lively line, to restore his emotions. He mixes designs, collages, pieces of ads, fashion magazines, brand logos, and shopping bags. Using shopping bags as support means that you have to deal with what already exists, which means talking about fashion on your own promotional support. They are reinterpreted and therefore give birth to a new message.
Hedi Slimane by Antoine Kruk
Anna Wintour by Antoine Kruk
Donatella Versace by Antoine Kruk
Marc-Antoine Coulon started as an illustrator for the record industry, then created film and show posters, and most recently that of the musical “The Fashion Freak Show,” conceived and produced by Jean-Paul Gaultier. He offers his work to major luxury and haute couture Maisons, and the French and international press, notably with Vogue, Madame Figaro, Harper’s Bazaar, Vanity Fair, Elle, l’Officiel de la Mode, Transfuge…
Audrey Hepburn by Marc-Antoine Coulon
He also participates in major national and international exhibitions, including that of the CHRISTIAN DIOR museum in Granville, entitled LES TRESORS DE LA COLLECTION – TRENTE ANS D’ACQUISITION, and in Atlanta, UNAPOLOGETIC LINES, organized by SCAD FASH MUSEUM OF FASHION, the first retrospective by Marc-Antoine Coulon. PARIS, the first book devoted to his work, is an irreverent and colorful walk that brings together portraits of famous people as well as personal subjects, sketches of parades and views of Parisian places that are dear to him. He captures its essence in a few ink strokes, like his unique and timeless artistic style, sensitive and insolent, assertive, immediately recognizable.
Valentino Garavani by Marc-Antoine Coulon
ABOUT ALFALIBRA GALLERY
Alfalibra Gallery aims to link art, fashion, and lifestyle in a unique place of trend and creation located in the heart of the Upper Marais between Gaité Lyrique, the Musée des Arts et Métiers and Jean-Paul Gaultier’s atelier. It is above all a meeting between the artistic world and the events management, in fact, the gallery is physically integrated into Alfalibra, a hybrid agency of image and communication in the sectors of culture, Maisons de Luxe, and premium brands. This creative laboratory, created by Frédéric Fontan, offers a look and a reflection on the world of art, fashion and luxury that Alfalibra Gallery develops according to its meetings and projects through exhibitions of photography, videos, installations, but also as a pop-up and a showroom.
When: From February 14 to March 14, 2020
Tuesday to Saturday from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.,
Where: Alfalibra Gallery
324 rue Saint-Martin 75003 Paris