From December 28 to 30, WWD ran a series of features about its history of fashion illustration, including profiles of iconic illustrators who have helped define the publication’s look. Tonya Blazio-Licorish, Fabric Styling ’96 and a faculty member in FIT’s Color Specialist certificate program, came up with the idea. Blazio-Licorish is an archivist for WWD’s parent company, PMC Media, and has been planning ways to promote WWD’s rich history of fashion illustration. The editors thought one article would not be enough.
When Blazio-Licorish looked for illustrators to feature, all roads led to FIT. Steven Stipelman, Robert Passantino, and Kichisaburo Ogawa studied at FIT. Stipelman is a full professor at the college, and Richard Rosenfeld teaches as well. The legendary Antonio Lopez, whose work is now collected as fine art, also studied at FIT. Blazio-Licorish wrote about half the stories; WWD staffers wrote the rest.
“These illustrations help you imagine a time when fashion was very different,” Blazio-Licorish says. “It’s such a fantasy-driven space.”
Blazio-Licorish received an outpouring of gratitude for spearheading the package: “Steven Stipelman gave me an A-plus.”