Book of the week: Joe Eula, Master of Twentieth-Century Illustration
Written by Cathy Horyn
Something of a legend within the fashion industry following her 28-years as one of the most revered catwalk critics in the business, of course most famously at The New York Times, Cathy Horyn has written a book about the man that Andy Warhol once called, "the most important person in New York."
A warm yet occasionally outrageous figure, Joe Eula enjoyed the limelight as part of a central group that made up the New York fashion scene from the 50s until the 80s, and became known for illustrating Eugenia Sheppard's columns for the New York Herald Tribune, before sketching music album covers for Miles Davis and Liza Minnelli, as well as holding the post of creative director at Halston for most of the 70s. Yet despite such a stellar CV he is barely remembered today... Until now.
"I was glad to [do] it, because I knew Joe, and I had a feeling, just the way the world moves so quickly today, that Joe's work would be easily forgotten for a while," Horyn said about the project. "I was approached probably in the late Fall of 2012, started working on it in the beginning of 2013, and delivered my portion October 1."