Friday, May 27, 2011


As I complain about the decline and downfall of the quality of graphic illustration, I always know there have been exceptions—LOTs of 'em—over the decades. I certainly don't mind change in general—different styles, experimentations, exaggerations. It's only when art and design become dry and lifeless, dull and unmemorable that I am disheartened.

Ah, but those exceptions always make it worth paying attention. I clipped this Steve Madden ad to put in the morgue, but short-sightedly didn't think to put the date on it (who knew back then I would someday put it up for the world to see), but sometime in the 80s or 90s. Maybe you can date it with those boots.

Anyway cool fashion ad:

Sorry, don't know the artist. Anybody know?


Marc Hudgins said...

Reminds me of Michiko Stehrenberger

Haven't heard much about her in years.

Thomas Haller Buchanan said...

I think you're right! Lovely stuff.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for the kind words! The Steve Madden magazine ad was done in either 1998 or 1999.

Happy you've enjoyed the work!

- Michiko (at michiko dot com ;)

Thomas Haller Buchanan said...

Michiko! Yay! Please email me, I've got questions!