Gladys Perint Palmer
Gladys Perint Palmer is an acclaimed artist, fashion illustrator and journalist whose energetic artworks vividly bring fashion to life with dramatic visual effect. Her strength of line is characteristic with an artist who is entirely secure in communicating a powerful message with assurance and style whilst also ensuring an honestly that resonates with an audience. GPP (as she is known) was awarded her first Vogue cover in the 1960s. In line with the tradition of fashion illustrators attending the couture shows in Paris, London and Milan, and with a career that has spanned over fifty years, GPP has documented the couture collections of designers such as Dior, Chanel, Yves St Laurent, Alexander McQueen, John Galliano, Prada, Armani and Jean Paul Gaultier illustrating for Vogue, The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Sunday Times, Elle, Harper’s Bazaar and Italian Grazia. Of particular note was her long association with Anna Piaggi, the legendary editor of Italian Vogue for whom in 1989, Piaggi arranged a solo exhibition of GPP’s work in Milan. Advertising clients have included Oscar de la Renta, Dior, Valentino, Galliano and Chanel as well as Neiman-Marcus and The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. GPP was Fashion Editor of San Francisco Examiner from 1985 – 1991, Executive Director of Fashion at Academy of Art University, San Francisco (1995 – 2014) and later Executive Vice President (2014 – 2016). GPP’s work has been exhibited internationally in New York, San Francisco, Milan, Paris, Hong Kong and London. In 2020 her work was included in the acclaimed exhibition ‘Fashion Illustration: The Visionaries’ held at The Society of Illustrators, New York. GPP’s work is included in many books including a special commission by Gianni Versace for Do Not Disturb (Abbeville Press) in 1996. Books of her own work include Fashion People (Assouline) and Adam & Yves (Firefall). GPP’s drawings are held in the permanent collections of The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, Los Angeles; The Victoria and Albert Museum, London; San Francisco Academy of Art; Issey Miyake Collection, Tokyo and The Museum of Modern Art, Montreal. GPP is now considered one of the most important and respected fashion illustrators of the modern era, an artist who carried the tradition of fashion illustration vividly through a period where fashion illustration was often overlooked for the more fashionable camera.