So proud. His work remains. Bon voyage querido Alfredo!
Today we say a sad farewell to one of fashion’s acclaimed illustrators Mexican-born Alfredo Bouret (1926-2018). From 1948 until 1962 Bouret’s illustrations appeared in the pages of French and British Vogue. His role was to visit the couture houses of Paris, such as Chanel, Dior, Pierre Cardin and Balenciaga, and make sketches of their latest collections. Bouret was the only illustrator permitted into Balenciaga’s Paris couture house to view and illustrate his collections. Born Alfredo Gonzalez Acevez in 1926, Bouret studied part-time at the Mexican School of Art in the 1940s, while working in advertising, and as a costume designer. After winning a design scholarship, he left Mexico for Paris in 1948, and briefly worked as an apprentice designer for Pierre Balmain. In 1962 Bouret opened a Mexicana store in London, where he sold Mexican wares, as well as his own range of Mexican inspired fashions. In 1969 he opened a further Mexicana store in Sydney, where he settled in 1985, with his partner Lex Robert Aitken. Following the success of the exhibition, Fabsolute: Fashion Illustration by Alfredo Bouret 1940s to 1960s, at the RMIT Gallery, his partner Lex Robert Aitken donated in 2008 an archive of Bouret’s fashion illustration to the RMIT Design Archives.
Leaflet for Alfredo Bouret Exposition in Paris, 19 November until 20 December, 1954, Gift of Lex Robert Aitken through the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program 2008
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