Antonio Lopez (illustrator)
February 11, 1943|
Utuado, Puerto Rico
|Died||March 17, 1987
Los Angeles, California, USA
|Training||Fashion Institute of Technology|
Antonio Lopez (February 11, 1943 – March 17, 1987) was a fashion illustrator whose work appeared in such publications as Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, Elle, Interview and The New York Times. Several books collecting his illustrations have been published. In his obituary, the New York Times called him a "major fashion illustrator." He generally signed his works as "Antonio."
Antonio Lopez was born in Utuado, Puerto Rico. When he was seven years old, his family moved to New York City. His parents, Maria Luisa Cruz and Francisco Lopez influenced him to apply his artistic talents to fashion. He attended the High School of Art and Design and the Fashion Institute of Technology. While attending the F.I.T. he began an internship at Women's Wear Daily which led to him leaving school and working at the publication. Shortly afterward he left for a position at the New York Times.
In 1969 he moved to Paris along with Ramos and was an associate of Karl Lagerfeld; he stayed there until the mid-1970s. Antonio discovered Jessica Lange in 1974. He discovered Jerry Hall and lived with her in Paris at the beginning of her modeling career.  Lopez and Ramos also discovered Grace Jones and Tina Chow.
In additions to books of his fashion illustration, the book Antonio's Tales From the Thousand and One Nights was published in 1985. The book was the inspiration for Marc Jacobs' 2007 "Arabian Nights" event.
A book on the career of Antonio Lopez, "Antonio Lopez: Fashion, Art, Sex, & Disco", by Roger Padilha and Mauricio Padilha (with a foreword by Andre Leon Talley and an epilogue by Anna Sui), was published by Rizzoli in September 2012.
Lopez died of Kaposi's Sarcoma as a complication of AIDS at UCLA Medical Center; he was living in New York but was in Los Angeles for an exhibition of his art; he was attended by his friend and model Susan Baraz.
His collaborator Juan Eugene Ramos survived until 1995, when he also died of AIDS.
Influence and Legacy
Painter Paul Caranicas is president of the Antonio Lopez Foundation.
The organization Focus on AIDS, which raises funds for AIDS research, care and education through photography auctions was founded in 1987 by Baraz and Vue magazine publisher Hossein Farmani in response to Lopez' death.
Lopez' art and photography were exhibited at Staley-Wise Gallery in New York in March–April 2000.
Students at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City request his name at the library more than any other.
- Lopez, Antonio; Hemphill, Christopher; Ramos, Juan; Amiel, Karen. Antonio's Girls (Thames and Hudson, 1982) ISBN 978-0-500-27265-7
- Burton, Richard; Lopez, Antonio; Finamore, Roy. Antonio's Tales from the Thousand & One Nights (Stewart, Tabori & Chang, 1985) ISBN 978-0-941434-77-5
- Lopez, Antonio; Ramos, Juan Eugene. Antonio, 60, 70, 80: three decades in style (Munich: Schirmer/Mosel, 1995) ISBN 978-3-88814-759-3
- Caranicas, Paul; Lopez, Antonio. Antonio's people (Thames & Hudson, 2004) ISBN 978-0-500-28502-2
- Lopez, Antonio. Instamatics (Santa Fe: Twin Palms Publishers, 2011) ISBN 978-1-931885-94-2 Includes an interview of Antonio Lopez with Michael McKenzie, June 28, 1976
- Padilha, Roger; Padilha, Mauricio. Antonio Lopez: Fashion, Art, Sex, and Disco (Rizzoli, 2012) ISBN 978-0847837922
- Schiro, Anne-Marie (1987-03-18), "Antonio Lopez is dead at 44; was major fashion illustrator", New York Times, archived from the original on 29 December 2009, retrieved 2009-12-04
- Antonio Lopez & Juan Ramos, Smithsonian Institution, retrieved 2009-12-04
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- Cunningham, Bill (October 27, 2002). "Bill on Bill". The New York Times. Retrieved 2008-10-19.
- Simross, Lynn (1987-05-24), "13 Random Victims of an Indiscriminate Killer -- AIDS", Los Angeles Times, retrieved 2009-12-09
- Malagamba-Ansótegui, Amelia; Rivera-Servera, Ramón. "Critical Desires: Race and Sexuality in the Work of Antonio". Smithsonian Institution. Retrieved 2009-12-04.
- "Who We Are". Focus on AIDS. Retrieved 2009-12-04.
- Haden-Guest, Anthony (2000). "Disco Dreams". Artnet. Retrieved 2011-02-16.
- Mower, Sarah (2009-03-11), "Chloé Fall 2009 Ready-to-Wear Collection", Style.com, archived from the original on 24 January 2010, retrieved 2010-02-11
- "The Line of Fashion: Curated by Robert Richards". Society of Illustrators. April 2009. Retrieved 2011-02-16.
- "Fashion is universal expression of art’", The Pioneer, 2013-02-22, retrieved 2013-03-13
- Drawing Fashion, Dexigner, 2010-07-08, retrieved 2010-07-08
- "Antonio Lopez - Instamatics" (Press release). Twin Palms Publishers. Autumn 2012.
- Antonio Lopez: Instamatics Worldcat catalog record
- Antonio Lopez : Fashion Illustrations at Chicago History Museum Digital Collections
- Antonio: 25 Years of Creative Collaboration at Smithsonian Institution Latino Virtual Gallery