Thursday, March 17, 2011

Woman Artist - Vogue Illustrator Helen Dryden 1887-1981



July 1, 1919 by Helen Dryden (American artist, 1887-1981)


November 20, 1923 by Helen Dryden (American artist, 1887-1981)


1922 Helen Dryden (American artist, 1887-1981)


Although largely forgotten today, Helen Dryden was credited in 1925—the year of the Paris Exposition from which the term Art Deco draws its name—with having developed & popularized what is now referred to as Art Deco fashion drawing some 17 years earlier.

The 1925 issue of The Biographical Cyclopaedia of American Women (of course, you must remember this is written by Americans...) states, "Most of us do not realize that the gaiety of the display in the newsstand is traceable to the pioneer spirit of one woman, to her initiative which created its own demand, her perseverance in the face of opposition, her vision of an original expression of art. Helen Dryden disclaims that this innovation in magazine covers and fashion drawings, with its resulting influence on posters, window display and advertising in general, comes entirely from her. She points out that many things were working together in that first decade of the Twentieth Century. She names the Russian Ballet, seen for the first time in America, the Bakst drawings, the growing reaction against timid pastel coloring and the smug realistic traditions. Be that as it may, she is directly responsible for the decorative magazine covers, and her fashion drawings were the first to embody stylistic features into the imaginative, exquisitely executed pieces of sophistication that adorn the modern fashion periodicals."
Baltimore-born Helen Dryden (1887-1981) was an illustrator & industrial designer in the 1920s and '30s. Helen had a Vogue contract that led to a 13-year collaboration (1909–1922), during which she produced many Vogue fashion illustrations and covers.


December 15, 1922 by Helen Dryden (American artist, 1887-1981)





February 15, 1921 by Helen Dryden (American artist, 1887-1981)





July 1, 1914 by Helen Dryden (American artist, 1887-1981)





July 1, 1921 by Helen Dryden (American artist, 1887-1981)





July 15, 1914 by Helen Dryden (American artist, 1887-1981)





February 15, 1921 by Helen Dryden (American artist, 1887-1981)





June 15, 1914 by Helen Dryden (American artist, 1887-1981)





March 1, 1923 by Helen Dryden (American artist, 1887-1981)

1 comment:

  1. I have recently discovered Helen Dryden and adore her work. Do you know if there is a current book published which features her work? thank you.

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