It All Started with Dixie…

by Alden Cole on May 29, 2014 · 0 comments

Slow-Motion Memoir: An Illustrated History, installment #34

TwoAdsWPIf you happened to pick up a copy of New York’s Daily News Record for either Thursday February 17, 1972, or Tuesday March 14, 1972, you might have come across one of these two ads. The tear-sheets indicate that these were the only drawings from my relatively short career as fashion illustrator to make it into the public print-media of daily newspapers; although a handful of illustrations did make it into Women’s Wear Daily the following year – admittedly a daily, but hardly a rag popular with the public at that point, in the days before Project Runway, and the general public’s obsession with becoming fashionistas. If there were other illustrations that made it onto newsprint, I have no tear-sheets as evidence; nor memory to inform me otherwise. So I can only conclude that my exposure in newspaper media indeed “All Started [and ended] with Dixie.” My illustrations never graced the pages of the New York Times, nor their twice-yearly Fashions of the Times supplements. If I had persisted in pursuing a career in the field, who knows… but I did not. Fate intervened with other plans for me.

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