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Why you should know Antonio Lopez and Juan Ramos' work

A review of an inspiring documentary about fashion, creativity and collaboration.

Antonio Lopez Drawing and Juan Ramos Colors - For Oscar de la Renta

I always wear black clothing at work, but I love colors. Life itself is color, and my dark wardrobe is just a time saver in the morning. Quoting Obama, <<I have too many other decisions to make>>. Plus, at 5:30 am in the morning I don't even recall what's my name. Imagine remembering all the italian fashion rules...

The Pittsburgh Filmmakers always has a great selection of thought-provoking movies. On Monday, we kicked off the week with a documentary titled: "Antonio Lopez: Sex, Fashion and Disco". We had seen the trailer few days before and we decided to go, completely uneducated in both fashion design and its illustration. We loved the movie because it's about genius at work. It is a pleasure to see the fine work by Antonio (1943-1897) and learning about his professional (and romantic) partnership with Juan Ramos (1942-1995). In an explosion of color and sensual lines, Antonio and Juan captured the most important fashion houses of all times, refreshing an artistic genre that was succumbing to fashion photography.

Eija Vehka Ajo, Juan Ramos, Jacques de Bascher, Karl Lagerfeld and Antonio Lopez, Paris, (1973), from Sex Fashion & Disco directed by James Crump

The documentary explores in particular the personal and professional life of Antonio, between New York City and Paris. They make interesting comparisons between Andy Warhol and his entourage of Superstars, versus Antonio's "family" of friends. Antonio was very physical, very close to his friends - even the most recent ones.

In addition to this, while Andy Warhol would rather sit back and watch others, Antonio was the one that people came to watch: he was the show, even as he was drawing in his Carnegie Hall studio.

“Donna Jordan, for 20 Ans” (1970), drawing by Antonio Lopez (© copyright the Estate of Antonio Lopez and Juan Ramos, 2012; from Sex Fashion & Disco directed by James Crump."

The movie shows how Antonio was very open towards race and gender diversity. Allegedly, he moved to Paris since he perceived that the America Vogue and other publications were not open to his illustration with Asian or African American women. Apparently, Europe was more welcoming - at least in the fashion world - and Antonio had a great time illustrating a diverse variety of women types in Paris. (He was friend with Karl Lagerfeld, how could you NOT have a good time?!)

In conclusion, we really enjoyed the movie and Antonio and Juan's work. It would be awesome to be able to draw like Antonio. I recommend the movie if you are stuck and need some fresh perspectives. The flamboyant personality and complexity of Antonio can really boost your creativity!


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