Grace Jones by Antonio Lopez – 70s

Posted by on May 21, 2014 in Helen's Blog | 0 comments

Illustration: © Antonio Lopez

Illustration: © Antonio Lopez

I always loved Antonio Lopez (1943 – 1987.) His fashion illustrations inspired me, and I always loved this illustration of model/singer/actress Grace Jones with her hair which rises up to there, in colors which pre-date, by decades, the similar hair colors and looks we see today.

Antonio worked from life, and some of his best work, all of which has stood the test of time, was of Jessica Lange, Jerry Hall, Pat Cleveland, Tina Chow and Grace Jones, as seen here in the 70s, in Paris. They were subject of a 1982 book I adore, Antonio’s Girls (Congreve Publishing, Text Christopher Hemphill. )

Antonio Lopez discovered Grace Jones in Paris, while both were dancing with others, she went on to fame as much for her adrogynous amazing look and hairstyles as for modeling or her music – and she was in movies like the 1985 James Bond movie, A View to Kill as May Day. For more from the book, click :


Antonio Lopez – 1980

Posted by on Jul 3, 2013 in Helen's Blog | 0 comments

Antonio Lopez - 1980

Illustration: © Antonio Lopez


New album, just up.  I love love love this Antonio Lopez illustration for a Nihon, Vogue, Japan cover, Spring/Summer 1980.  Love the hair, the face, the illustration.

Antonio Lopez (1943 – 1987) was a major American fashion illustrator who was very into hair and art.  There had been no one like him before, and there has been no one like him since.

I did my first Peluquerias Magazine column on him, in 1982, several pages, each illustration a separate page from the book, “Antonio’s Girls” (pub by Congreve, text by Christopher Hemphill) – the girls being Pat Cleveland, Grace Jones, Tina Chow, Jessica Lange, Jerry Hall and more.

My heart still goes –flutter when I look at his beautiful illustrations, They maybe retro now, but they look very modern and still inspire me.
For more of the girls, Antonio and the book, see Icons on

Illustration: © Antonio Lopez
(There is a new book just published in 2012, Antonio Lopez: Fashion, Art, Sex and Disco by Roger Padiha and Mauricio Padiha, published by Rizzoli.)