George Stavrinos

stavrinos 340x470George Stavrinos Born in Massachusetts, he was a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design and in 1969 was granted a year’s independent study in Rome, and soon after his illustrations and drawings began to appear in The New York Times, Gentleman's Quarterly and Cosmopolitan.

His work was also commissioned by Bergdorf Goodman and New York City Opera, as well as Barney's fashion ads.

Although his work had a great input on fashion illustration, Stavrinos did not concider himself a fashion illustrator. His other creative outlets included photography, commercial illustration, film-making and painting.

Stavrinos concurrently exhibited in galleries in Manhattan, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Providence, Chicago, London, Paris and Tokyo. He also held a teaching position at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York in he 1980s, and at Tokyo’s Designers Gakium College in 1984.

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.



George StavrinosThough 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.

George Stavrinosstavrinos 335x430Stavrinos 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 ( 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.

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