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Estate Prints - Kenneth Paul Block

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1924-2009

For nearly forty years, Block was an in-house artist for Fairchild Publications, owner of Women's Wear Daily, the garment industry trade paper, and its offshoot, W magazine. 

Block’s incisive yet graceful brushstrokes captured the most important styles of the post-war era, including collections by Norman Norell, Yves Saint Laurent, Pierre Cardin, Coco Chanel, James Galanos, Givenchy, Pauline Trigere, Bill Blass, Halston, and Geoffrey Beene. 

Block often drew under intense deadline pressure. In the May 2009 issue of Vogue, photographer Steven Meisel, who began his career as a fashion artist, recalled Block’s composure: “He would sit there with this long cigarette holder and a polka-dot bow tie, always a sports jacket, immaculate. He never lost his temper. He had so much style, so much class, so much chic."

Even before Block’s career began, photography had begun to overtake fashion illustration as the primary method of introducing new styles. Block helped keep his métier alive. He stayed with Fairchild until 1992, when all the company’s artists were let go on the same day.

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Kenneth Paul Block
Kenneth Paul Block
Kenneth Paul Block
Kenneth Paul Block
Kenneth Paul Block
Kenneth Paul Block
Kenneth Paul Block
Kenneth Paul Block
Kenneth Paul Block
Kenneth Paul Block
Kenneth Paul Block
Kenneth Paul Block