8J – Paul Smith
Pen, felt tip and rain water
350 x 850mm
Paul Smith is renowned for his idiosyncratic take on traditional British styling. He started his fashion career in a clothing warehouse in Nottingham. In 1976 he showed his first menswear collection in Paris and in 1998 showed his first women’s collection at London Fashion Week. Paul remains fully involved in the business; designing the clothes, choosing the fabrics, personally selecting the shop locations and overseeing every development within the company.
About the piece:
“My drawing is created by standing in the assigned square on Horse Guards’ Road and turning 360 degrees and drawing everything I saw. Every direction was full of amazing architecture; Horse Guards Parade, Army HQ, Big Ben and the view of the Mall. Hopefully the drawings capture a snapshot view in an honest way including smudges from rainwater! The drawings were then ripped out of the sketchbook and that was it! I hope you like them.”