Bil Donovan’s strength of technique and confident approach to his work is evidenced by the sheer insouciance with which his pen or brush speeds across the page. Confidence, skill and a passion for the power of fashion illustration as a communication tool are apparent in his every move. There is also an element of wit in his portrayal of many of the characters within the business, whether they are models or mavens. To take illustrating the foibles of the fashion business too seriously would be to leave no room for what Ernestine Carter once memorably called ‘tongue in chic’.

The visibility of pen or brush marks has always characterized fashion illustration, demonstrating to the observer the craft behind the line. In fashion illustration ...

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