Simple Colour A. Y. McPeake, art editor of Harper's, opens with an apothegm on the subject of English fashion artists. What is wrong with the English fashion artist, he says, is that he was not born in Paris—and, if it is true that all good designers go to Paris, they should go there before they draw. Fashion drawing is the presentation of a State of Grace, and, if you are born without a Sense of Grace, it is impossible to acquire it at any art school. Queen Mary should not have lost Calais it was, in an aesthetic sense, a worse blow to us than George Ill's loss of the (now) United States. Less epigrammatically, perhaps more truth fully, he says that most English artists and students lack vitality both of idea and technique, but this belief does not prevent him from en couraging the exceptions. He holds out the heartening possibility of a general increase in the use of drawing, on account of the warFashion- conscious women may want the more personal approach of the artist, and there is room for those who can provide cheerful and interesting studies. As a practical demonstration of this belief Harper s have used recently drawings by Joy Batchelor which are certainly cheerful and interesting studies and show that the younger English fashion artists are prepared to experiment, and (what is even more important) prepared to be hold. Another instance is Tage Werner who, although Danish, has had most of his fashion experience in London. Now for that journal, The Queen, which in many ways typifies the outlook of the upper-class '44 The work of Joy Batchelor which recently appeared in harper's) shows that the younger English fashion artist is prepared to experiment andwhat is even more importantto take a bold approach to fashion

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