Claridge’s is to install the fashion illustrator David Downtown as its first “fashion artist in residence”. The appointment in effect makes Downtown the London hotel’s official anti-paparazzo. Rather than stand outside with a camera and long lens he will sketch famous guests who have agreed to do a sitting.
The art deco hotel is a regular haunt of celebrities from the fashion, art and film worlds. Kate Moss hosted her 30th birthday party there, Marc Jacobs used the hotel as inspiration for his most recent catwalk show for Louis Vuitton and Victoria Beckham is a regular guest.
Downtown says there is a wishlist of stars that the hotel would like to sit for him but he is “sworn to secrecy”. Downtown’s sketches will go on public display as part of Claridge’s art collection.
…article from guardian.co.uk