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Joe Eula - Illustrator
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OBITUARYJoe Eula; fashion illustrator; 79
By Cathy Horyn
NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE
November 4, 2004

Joe Eula, an illustrator who caught the riotous curves of fashion from Dior's New Look in the 1940s until the end of Saint Laurent's reign, died Oct. 27 in Kingston, N.Y. He was 79 and lived in Manhattan and in Hurley, N.Y.
He died after going into a hospital recently because of pneumonia, said a nephew, Tom Eula.
Mr. Eula's illustrations, which were distinguished by a light, brisk hand and an unstudied sense of female movement, accompanied Eugenia Sheppard's fashion columns in The New York Herald Tribune. He created album covers and concert posters for performers such as Miles Davis, Liza Minnelli, Bette Midler and the Supremes. He designed costumes for Jerome Robbins and George Balanchine. He illustrated Tiffany's "Table Manners for Teenagers." In 1970, he became creative director of Halston, acting as both instigator and provocateur.
In 1973, when Halston and four other American designers went to France to present their clothes at Versailles opposite five French couturiers, Mr. Eula created the backdrop for the Americans' set. When he discovered that the drapery they had planned to use fell short of the stage floor because of a faulty conversion from meters into yards, Mr. Eula went out and bought a seamless roll of white paper and, using black stove paint and a broom, sketched the Eiffel Tower. It was a sensation.
Speed and a gift for improvising combined with joie de vivre characterized Mr. Eula's life: He wasn't a designer, but he had judgment and flair that the best designers trusted.
He was born Jan. 16, 1925, in Norwalk, Conn., the second of four children. He was 2 when his father died and his mother, Lena, supported the family by running a grocery store. After graduating from high school in 1942, Mr. Eula enlisted with the 10th Mountain Division, serving in the Italian campaign. He was awarded the Bronze Star.
After his discharge, in December 1945, Mr. Eula enrolled at the Art Students League in Manhattan. While he was still a student, his first illustrations were published in Town & Country magazine, when Baron Nicolas de Gunzburg was editor. He also did drawings for Saks Fifth Avenue.
In the mid-'50s, Mr. Eula began his association with Sheppard, whose influential syndicated column, Inside Fashion, appeared in more than 80 newspapers in the United States. They attended the twice-yearly collections in Paris, with Mr. Eula duplicating in ink and charcoal the elegance he saw in the salons. He was present for Yves Saint Laurent's first collection for Dior, in 1958, and for his last, in January 2002, with those sketches appearing in The New York Times Magazine. He also had a long association with Italian Harper's Bazaar.
His life was one of fortuitous intersections that seemed to characterize New York in the postwar era. He and the photographer Milton Greene met in the '40s and used to hang out with jazz musicians such as Davis, for whom Mr. Eula designed a black silk suit and later the cover for his album "Sketches of Spain." He was present for Greene's famous "Black Sitting" with Marilyn Monroe, and in 1960 the two men formed a partnership that eventually produced hundreds of images for Life magazine, including the cover with Faye Dunaway in "Bonnie and Clyde." He also directed a television special for Lauren Bacall.
Based on an invitation that Mr. Eula had designed for a benefit for Cesar Chavez and the National Farm Workers Union, Robbins asked him to design costumes for his 1969 ballet "Dances at a Gathering." He also designed the costumes for Robbins' "Goldberg Variations."
Mr. Eula's knowledge of style extended far beyond illustration. He spent much of the '70s working with Halston.
"I've always maintained that, thanks to Joe Eula and Elsa Peretti, Halston became what he was in terms of style," said the designer Fernando Sanchez, a friend of Mr. Eula's since the early 1960s. "They really defined Halston's style and the idea that chic doesn't necessarily imply money."
In the 1980s, Mr. Eula designed a line of china for Tiffany based on flowers and animals, which the store continues to sell. He drew his last fashion illustrations in August for The New York Times, of a series of fall coats.
His survivors include a sister, Margaret, of St. Simon's Island, Ga., and two brothers, Anthony and Dominick, both of Norwalk.

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sorry to hear about his departure...

that drawing there^ looks cute anyway
it looks perfect for animation

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Rest in peace...


That one picture posted is really cool...like he just did a few strokes with a marker and voila a person emerges!!

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Some of Joe Eula's wonderfuls sketched watercolor illustrations for a 1990/1991 collections editorial...
Yves Saint Laurent
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all images © Joe Eula/ Bazaar

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Eula was great...

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i couldn't do those even if i tried....wow.

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Did he also photograph? I scanned an old French Elle and I'm not sure that I got the photographer's name down right... Could this be his work? (scanned by me, French Elle 1975).
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I can't see a photographer‘s name down right. The woman on the cover is the Italian actress Stéfania Sandrelli.
I have read again Joe Eula’s biography and searched more info on the web, but nowhere is mentioned he had been a photographer during the 70’s.

His photo and two of his master illustrations for the 1990/91 YSL’s collection.

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Wow I love his illustrations!!! So gracious ... it's like reliving another era of fashion.

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I can't see a photographer‘s name down right. The woman on the cover is the Italian actress Stéfania Sandrelli.
I have read again Joe Eula’s biography and searched more info on the web, but nowhere is mentioned he had been a photographer during the 70’s.

His photo and two of his master illustrations for the 1990/91 YSL’s collection.
Thanks for the info. I scanned it, read the credits and I wrote down the name of the file as "Eulia", but I started thinking it could be Eula. And now I can't find this magazine in my recesses here anymore. I don't have much order among my mags at the moment

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