London. Chapman and Hall Ltd. 1932. First edition. Black cloth-bound hardback, dust jacket. xii, 116 pages. 44 black-and-white hors-texte plates. 285 x 230mm (11¼ x 9"). 1.1kg. . English. Good; the scarce jacket has a degree of wear with several closed tears to edges, there is a 5x2cm area of loss at the top forecorner of the front jacket, a smaller 1x3cm area of loss to top forecorner of rear jacket, a 1cm chip to lower edge of rear jacket, light rubbing to edges, not price-clipped; light spotting to front endpapers, half-title and page edges, a short 1cm tear to top edge of first 3 pages, some creasing to front free endpaper; contemporary owner's ink signature to front pastedown.
An in-depth manual on the art of fashion illustration by the young artist Eliot Hodgkin. The book was published in 1932 at a time when fashion illustration had not yet been taken over by photography and was enjoying a golden age. Hodgkin guides the reader through the business of placing their illustrations with shops and the press and emphasises fashion drawing as an important and serious art form. Practical advice on drawing details, materials and different styles is supplemented by Hodgkin's own illustrations as well as reproductions from fashion magazines such as Vogue, Harper's Bazaarand Femina of the work of Benigni, D. Rhys, Marty, Martin, Mourgue, Erickson, etc. Uncommon with the dust jacket.