Carl Erickson (1891 – 1958) was an American fashion and advertising illustrator from the 1910s through to the 1940s. At the peak of his career, he signed his work “Eric” and was known by this name. He worked a great deal for Vogue in the 1930s and 40s. He had a reputation for being obsessively hardworking. He only ever sketched from live models. For each illustration that appeared in a magazine, he had made dozens of studies. And he was known for bringing his sketchbook with him everywhere he went – to the restaurant, to the theatre – and capturing the elegance he saw around him.
As Karen Turman once said to me, “The 80s is the 40s on crack.”
From an editorial shot by Patrick Demarchelier for the US Vogue February edition, entitled “Love in the Trenches”. A kind of silly-nice idea, really. It is models with their real-life sweethearts, shot wearing trench coats from the Spring collections. Wasn’t too fond of the other shots, but I do like Aminata Niaria in this polka dot trench – a nice twist on the classic. Cute shoes, and the touch of red lippie too, a very nice clean look overall.