Richard Haines uses his illustrations to record what he sees in fashionable men about town: street style. Such observational drawing – taking individuals seen on the streets and adapting these figures for a variety of creative outcomes – has been used in fashion illustration since time immemorial. In contemporary fashion terms, blogs – often relying on a cast of street ‘characters’ for their appeal – and photographic artists like Scott Schuman have developed an eye for fashion as it is worn and turned this into a specialist area.

The interesting point about the swift lines and communication of character conveyed by Haines’s drawings is their direct reference to artists such as Holbein, Watteau and Ingres in their preparatory sketches ...

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