Antonio Lopez: Future Funk Fashion

The name Antonio Lopez might not ring familiar, but his fans and collaborators are well-known. Fashion-industry royals like Bill Cunningham, Grace Jones, Anna Sui, and Andre Leon Talley top the Puerto Rican–born Lopez's roster of friends and collaborators. Starting in the Sixties, Lopez (1943-1987) began working as an illustrator for top rags likes Vogue and Women's Wear Daily, but his apprenticeship started earlier. The son of a seamstress mother and a mannequin-making dad, Lopez was assisting them by the time the family moved to East Harlem, when Lopez was seven. The artist later channeled New York street culture into his illustrations, photographs, and designs for clothing and shoes, over three hundred of which are on view in "Antonio Lopez: Future Funk Fashion." Among the gems on view are Lopez's Seventies-era plastic stiletto sculptures (so erotic they'd make Dita Von Teese blush) and his 1982 drawing of Grace Jones where a shark rides the crest of her spiky hair.

Photo: Antonio Lopez, Juan Ramos, 13th St. Studio, NYC, 1964. Courtesy the Estate of Antonio Lopez and Juan Ramos.

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