"Paper Lanterns"

Bergdorf Goodman poster

"Man with Binoculars"

Opening Reception: The Vision of George Stavrinos
The Vision of George Stavrinos

September 03, 2013 - October 19, 2013

The Museum of American Illustration at the Society of Illustrators is proud to present The Vision of George Stavrinos on exhibit from September 3 – October 19, 2013, featuring over 100 illustrations highlighting Stavrinos’ career as a seductive draftsman and fashion illustrator. This exhibit offers the public an opportunity to acknowledge this renaissance artist who was gifted as a designer, photographer, filmmaker and commercial illustrator.  His work remains an inspiration for art and fashion today.


About George Stavrinos

George Stavrinos was born in Somerville, Massachusetts, in 1948. Despite a strict upbringing, his parents approved of his career choice, and he studied graphics at the Rhode Island School of Design. Moving to New York City in 1973, George eventually presented his portfolio to prestigious Push Pin Studios where co-founders Seymour Chwast and Milton Glaser recognized his talent and offered him a staff position. Though Stavrinos chose only to be represented by Push Pin, it expanded his client list to include New York Magazine, Bonwit Teller, Psychology Today, Pan Am, Columbia Records, CIBAGeigy, Capezio, Viva, Oui, and Gentlemen’s Quarterly. In 1977, George began producing fashion illustrations for Barney’s.  In conjunction with an outside ad agency, George’s work quickly became the face of Barney’s new, chic, upscale look. It was also the time when George contributed work to the Gay Source: A Catalog for Men. And in 1979, Stavrinos began an association with retailer Bergdorf Goodman that would launch him into the fashion world’s stratosphere. His six-figure contract required a weekly full-page illustration with additional art “as needed” for catalogs and brochures, but George was given complete artistic control over the creation of the new ads. Stavrinos also taught at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York and was invited to lecture at Tokyo’s Designers Gakium College and the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. He died in 1990 at the age of 42 from pneumonia related causes. His life was cut short by the AIDs epidemic that swept through an entire generation. The New York Times described his major accomplishments as having helped revive an interest in finely drawn representational art.


In conjunction with The Vision of George Stavrinos the Society of Illustrators is proud to partner with Live Out Loud (www.liveoutloud.info) a non-profit organization dedicated to inspiring and empowering LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) youth by connecting them with successful LGBT professionals in their community. A portion of all proceeds generated during the duration of the exhibition will be donated to the Live Out Loud Scholarship Program awarded to college-bound LGBT high school seniors based on leadership, community service, academic credentials, financial need and future goals.



“Man with Binoculars”

Oscar de la Renta Shirts,

Promotional Booklet, 1982

Graphite pencil on Strathmore kid-finish Bristol board

Collection of the George Stavrinos Family



Bergdorf Goodman Azzedine Alaia poster, 1982

Donated to the Museum of American Illustration at the

Society of Illustrators by Eleanor Ettinger, Inc.

“Paper Lanterns”, 1988

17-color lithograph after a 1978 fashion ad for Bergdorf Goodman

Donated to the Museum of American Illustration at the

Society of Illustrators by Eleanor Ettinger, Inc.