The Cincinnati office of branding and design firm Landor Associates created an exhibit at the Cincinnati Museum Center in honor of Anne Wainscott, the famed local fashion illustrator, that celebrates the heyday of advertising and illustration. The show is open through September 4.
Anne Wainscott, 94, a highly regarded and prolific fashion expressionist, produced thousands of drawings, paintings, and fashion illustrations, which appeared not only in the windows of Shillito’s department store, now occupied by Landor, but various trade journals and newspapers as well.
The responsibility of a fashion illustrator was integral to publishing and advertising before the digital revolution changed everything. Anne was always a step ahead of the world of design, advertising and fashion. “I always tried to be different, but current,” Wainscott recalls. “I could just have a premonition, a feeling about what was coming in.”
To honor Anne’s timeless artistry, Landor Associates is showing the exhibit, “Inspired by Anne”, which will be on display at the South Gallery in the Cincinnati Museum Center from July 18-September 4, 2011.
The exhibit features full-page, illustrated newspaper ads and a 16-foot-tall reproduction of Green Eyes, mixed with more personal items such as hand-drawn family holiday cards and furniture from her home. The exhibit includes work created by Landor’s own employees, including fashion designs, a recreation of Wainscott’s studio, and actual newspaper ads by Wainscott.