David Downton

David Downton has attended Paris Haute Couture shows for more than a decade. His illustrations chart both the back stage and front of house of the couture world. His portfolio includes portraits of models Erin O’Connor, Lily Cole, Linda Evangelista and Carmen.

His reports have appeared in The Times, The Sunday Times, The Saturday Telegraph, Harpers Bazaar (Australia) and The Independent as well as Visionaire and Vogue and he was commissioned to create an illustrated couture portfolio for Vogue China.

David Downton’s commercial clients include Tiffany’s New York, SAKS 5th Avenue, Selfridges, Harvey Nichols, Burberry, and the British Fashion Council. His work has been exhibited in solo shows at the Conningsby Gallery, London (1998 and 1999) and at the Couture Voyeur show at London College of Fashion’s Fashion Space Gallery (2006). Downton has also collaborated with supermodel Erin O’Connor on a number of occasions including shows at the Rootstein Gallery, New York (2002) and at the Joyce Ma Gallery, Palais Royal, Paris (2003).

In 2006 he was commissioned by Brown’s to design the Christmas window display and invitation for their South Moulton Street store. His work has featured on the front cover of a special edition of Jane Austen’s Emma produced by the Daily Telegraph and on the cover of Cally Blackman’s 100 Years of Fashion Illustration (2007).

Downton’s most recent achievements (2013) have seen him established as Vanity Fair’s celebrity portrait artist and artist in residence at Claridge’s London which hosted an exhibition of portraits he had made in the hotel’s Fumoir of some of fashion’s most well known faces including Paul Smith Diane von Fürstenberg and Alber Elbaz.

David Downton - Iman 1999

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Iman 1999

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David Downton - Valentino Couture Spring/Summer 2018, 4

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Valentino Couture Spring/Summer 2018, 4

2018

David Downton - Valentino Couture Spring/Summer 2018, 3

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Valentino Couture Spring/Summer 2018, 3

2018

David Downton - Valentino Couture Spring/Summer 2018, 1

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Valentino Couture Spring/Summer 2018, 1

2018

David Downton - 100 Years

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100 Years

2008

David Downton - My Theresa

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My Theresa

2017

David Downton - Valli

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Valli

2008

David Downton - Jade Parfitt in Philip Treacy 2003

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Jade Parfitt in Philip Treacy 2003

2016

David Downton - Untitled

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Untitled

2016

David Downton - Chanel (Smoking)

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Chanel (Smoking)

2011

David Downton - Audrey Hepburn

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Audrey Hepburn

2015

David Downton - Marilyn Monroe

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Marilyn Monroe

2014

David Downton - Untitled (The Times) 2005

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Untitled (The Times) 2005

2012

David Downton - Elizabeth Taylor

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Elizabeth Taylor

2012

David Downton - Dior Couture 2006

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Dior Couture 2006

2012

David Downton - Valentino Couture 2005

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Valentino Couture 2005

2012

David Downton - Yves Saint Laurent 2006

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Yves Saint Laurent 2006

2012

David Downton - Lacroix Couture 1998

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Lacroix Couture 1998

2012

David Downton - Love YSL

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Love YSL

2013

David Downton - Stephen Jones for Dior (Hong Kong Tatler)

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Stephen Jones for Dior (Hong Kong Tatler)

2011

David Downton - Dior Couture A/W 2009 (1)

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Dior Couture A/W 2009 (1)

2011

David Downton - Dior Couture A/W 2009 (2)

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Dior Couture A/W 2009 (2)

2011

David Downton - PQP?

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PQP?

2010

David Downton - Versace

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Versace

2008

David Downton - Valentino

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Valentino

2008

David Downton - Chanel

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Chanel

2008

David Downton - Gaultier Paris Couture A/W 1999/2000

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Gaultier Paris Couture A/W 1999/2000

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