Tod Draz

1917 – 2002


Tod Draz’s illustrations featured in the editorial pages of American, British and French Vogue, as well as for advertisement campaigns for such clients as Au Printemps, Paris, Arnold Constable and Saks Fifth Avenue, New York, for over thirty years. His work could also regularly be seen in The New York Times. Draz began his fashion career in the 1950s, initially working in New York before moving to Paris. This was considered the golden age of fashion illustration, when revered illustrators such as Carl Erickson, René Gruau, and René Bouché were the standard bearers of the profession. A talented draftsman, Draz built upon the work of these masters whilst bringing a fresh sensibility to the craft. His line quality was distinct, emotional and crisp. A more definitive graphic line developed in the 1960s on his return to America. Draz retired from fashion illustration in the late 1970s, preferring to live at a gentler pace away from the fast-moving world that high fashion had become.