Dec 16, 2021 - Sale 2592

Sale 2592 - Lot 123

Price Realized: $ 2,750
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 4,000 - $ 6,000
JOE EULA (1925-2004)
Archive of over 100 loose fashion sketches and drawings laid into the artist's own binder. Sketches of haute couture and ready-to-wear designs by Eula, loose and laid into divided sections devoted to: Pierre Cardin; Lanvin; Christian Dior; Simonetta and Alberto Fabiani/Jean Desses/Balmain/Ferrara; Roberto Capucci; Madame Alix Gres; Nina Ricci; Philippe Venet/André Courrèges; Guy Laroche; and Yves Saint Laurent; also includes drawings for other designers and several unidentified sketches, many contained in an illustrated folded folio sheet titled "Personalities (Paris) Page 3" and illustrated with charming little inset sketches of Simonetta, Nina, Jean Moreau, and Desses. Circa 1960s -80s. Drawings are rendered in mostly ink, marker and/or graphite; includes some photomechanicals used for publication in The New York Herald Tribune. Several with Eula's signature and notations, and measurements. Various sizes, the average measures 255x346 mm; 10x13 3/4. The black plastic sketchbook bears Eula's notes and loose sketches inside the covers (the rear with a cute pair captioned "It's either this or this").

Provenance: From the Estate of Joe Eula.

A fabulous collection of Eula's own designs, sectioned off by him for his own reference purposes. We have left them intact as he organized them.

Eula's long and prolific career in fashion and performing arts began in the 1950s where, after serving in the Italian Campaign in World War II and completing studies at The Art Students League on the GI Bill, he was launched into the fashion world as the head illustrator for The New York Herald Tribune under Eugenia Sheppard. Soon to follow were positions at The London Sunday Times, American Vogue, The New York Times, and Italian Harper's Bazaar where he famously covered Yves Saint Laurent's first and last collections (1958 and 2002). However, it is as Halston's Creative Director throughout the 1970s that he is best remembered. That time was recently chronicled in the popular Netflix series "Halston" in which Eula is skillfully portrayed by actor David Pittu.