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August 24, 2013

Claridge’s honours fashion artist, David Downton, with exhibition

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To coincide with London Fashion Week, Claridge’s will host an exhibition, Midnight at Noon, featuring the work of fashion artist David Downton. Downton is Claridge’s fashion artist in residence.
   The exhibition sees Downton’s portraits of luminaries such as Diane von Furstenberg, Dita von Teese, Joan Collins, Alber Elbaz, Christian Louboutin, Laura Bailey, Stephen Jones and Sir Paul Smith.
   Downton contributes to British Vogue, Christian Dior and the British Fashion Council.
   Many were drawn, says the famous hotel, at its Fumoir bar, which was originally designed in the 1930s by Basil Ionides. Downton refers to the bar as his ‘office’.
   In a release, Downton said, ‘Being artist in residence at the most beautiful hotel in London has, as I’ve often said, been the gig of the century. I expected the luxury of course and the service, but who knew about the magic? Claridge’s is Claridge’s and everywhere else is everywhere else …’
   Claridge’s General Manager Thomas Kochs said, ‘Over the years, some of our most iconic guests have been captured on camera and we feel David’s drawings add another dimension to the already established archives of Claridge’s. David Downton has been a long-time friend of the hotel and we have admired his work for many years. It is a pleasure to share David’s talent with our guests!’

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