Dec 16, 2021 - Sale 2592

Sale 2592 - Lot 124

Estimate: $ 3,000 - $ 4,000
JOE EULA (1925-2004)
Archive of over 100 sketchbook fashion drawings for mainly Italian designers. Sketches of haute couture and ready-to-wear designs for Roberto Capucci, Valentino, Ken Scott/Falconetto, Emilio Pucci, Antonio Castillo, and Gianni Baldini; also includes drawings for other designers and several unidentified sketches. 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 drawings exist in two states: bound into Eula's own black plastic sketchbook or loose sheets taken from this or other notebooks (comprising the majority). The book bears Eula's cover label and a few notes inside the covers.

Provenance: From the Estate of Joe Eula.

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.