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Menswear Illustrations

Smith’s Fall 1984 SUB-Urban collection embodied his desire to design for the needs of a broad audience rather than a chosen few. “If I don’t see my clothes on the street, I know I’ve done something wrong. Not because I’m not making money, but the message isn’t getting across.” Smith led a new wave of designers who prioritized functionality and affordability for an expanded workforce of women, a rising Black middle class, and a public disenchanted by the detached aspirations of the fashion world.

Sketch of a figure wearing a busy-patterned trench coat, trousers, a vest, collared shirt, black tie, and sunglasses
Menswear Illustration, 1984
Pen and ink, graphite on paper
Courtesy of Bill Bonnell
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Sketch of a figure wearing an oversized sweater, pants with large pockets, a hat, and sunglasses
Menswear Illustration, 1984
Pen and ink, graphite on paper
Courtesy of Bill Bonnell
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Sketch of a figure wearing a textured cardigan over a turtleneck with wide-leg pants, a beanie hat, and sunglasses
Menswear Illustration, 1984
Pen and ink, graphite on paper
Courtesy of Bill Bonnell
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Sketch of a figure in an oversized trench coat with a black belt and pinstripe trousers
Menswear Illustration, 1984
Pen and ink, graphite on paper
Courtesy of Bill Bonnell
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Sketch of a figure wearing a trench coat, scarf, pants, and harness belt
Menswear Illustration, 1984
Pen and ink, graphite on paper
Courtesy of Bill Bonnell
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Sketch of a figure wearing an oversized collared shirt, trousers, black belt, and hat
Menswear Illustration, 1984
Pen and ink, graphite on paper
Courtesy of Bill Bonnell
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