Richard Gray is a modernist in his fashion aesthetic but hints at the ancestry of illustrators such as Alastair (Baron Hans Henning Voigt), Ernst Dryden and even Erté. His illustrations often carry an erotic charge and this is apparent in his recent illustrations of London men – pictures that capture both the sexual and dandy qualities of their subjects in equal measure.

Gray’s references and inspirations reflect a lifetime’s interest in London style – something he has followed since his early teenage years – with special attention given to those who have caused creative havoc in the city, such as Malcolm McLaren or Michael and Gerlinde Costiff. During his career he has shown amazing versatility, having pastiched René Gruau for the ...

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