Robert Melendez was a leader in the field of American fashion illustration during the mid to late twentieth century, revered for his skilled draftsmanship and ability to communicate fashion with an energy and beauty that jumped off the page. Melendez worked in a multiple of mediums and techniques with an enviable understanding and knowledge of both drawing and composition. Originally from Tampa, Florida Melendez moved to New York City to study at Parsons School of Design before being appointed staff illustrator for Women’s Wear Daily and Daily News Record from 1967 – 1991. His elegant drawings for Saks Fifth Avenue appeared in The New York Times from 1971 – 1973. Melendez was also a staff illustrator for The Tobe Report 1991 – 2005. His illustrious career included clients such as B. Altman & Co., Bonwit Teller, Plymouth Shops, Henri Bendel and Bergdorf Goodman, alongside regular contributions in The New York Times, The Fashions of The Times magazine.