Get ready to embark on an artistic journey to the 1940’s with the stunning fashion illustrations created by the brilliant Carl Oscar August Erickson, better known as ‘Eric’. Eric dominated the field of fashion illustration more than 35 years, which makes his work worth studying in the greatest detail.
Walt Reed in his book, The Illustrator in America would describe Carl Erickson as “the personification of his elegant world… [he] wore a bowler and carried a walking stick, and he directly participated in the fashionable life of the international set”.
Eric started working for Vogue in the mid 1920’s, in times when the majority of the magazine was illustrated. There were no fashion photographs and glossy adverts, so most of Vogue was covered with stunning imagery created by the fashion illustrators.
Eric took his sketchpad wherever he went, and drew his models using intensive bright colors and black lines which capture their gestures perfectly. His sketches speak of the elegance and the beauty of the fashion in the 1940’s, and as Reed himself would say, Carl Erickson’s “drawings and paintings are authoritative because he knew his subjects and their world; his taste and beautiful draftsmanship reveal him to be an artist of permanent importance.”
Carl Erickson’s fashion illustrations: