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Grab your tickets for a fascinating glimpse into the fashionable world of 1970s New York in James Crump's documentary Antonio Lopez 1970: Sex, Fashion & Disco, showing as part of this year's BFI London Film Festival.

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Grace Jones (from Candy Bar Girls series), 1977. Photograph by Antonio Lopez. © Copyright The Estate of Antonio Lopez and Juan Ramos, 2012.

Antonio Lopez was a hugely influential fashion illustrator who was at the very centre of NYC's heady fashion and music scene in the carefree and unashamedly hedonistic period during the late 1970s.

Born in Puerto Rico and raised in Spanish Harlem, Antonio Lopez studied at New York's FIT, and it was here that he met his longterm partner and collaborator Juan Ramos. After a stint in Paris, the pair set up a studio in New York, hanging out with the likes of Grace Jones, Grace Coddington and Jerry Hall, as well as his good friend Karl Lagerfeld. 

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Antonio Lopez, Jardin du Luxembourg, Paris, 1971. Photograph by Juan Ramos © Copyright The Estate of Antonio Lopez and Juan Ramos, 2012.

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Eija Vehka Ajo, Juan Ramos, Jacques de Bascher, Karl Lagerfeld and Antonio Lopez, Paris, 1973. From Sex Fashion & Disco directed by James Crump

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Donna Jordan, for 20 Ans, 1970. Drawing by Antonio Lopez. © Copyright The Estate of Antonio Lopez and Juan Ramos, 2012

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Antonio Lopez, Pat Cleveland and Karl Lagerfeld, Paris, 1970. Photograph by Juan Ramos. © Copyright The Estate of Antonio Lopez and Juan Ramos, 2012

Lopez's vibrant illustrations – which featured many of the characters he met in his neighbourhood – took the fashion world by storm, appearing in all the leading fashion magazines, as well as in several books which were published on his work.

Sex, Fashion & Disco documents Antonio's colourful life and career, featuring interviews with many of his fashionable friends as well as Lopez's illustrations, fashion pictures and archive footage. Directed by James Crumb and described as ’a heady mix of glamour, fashion and disco that's impossible to resist’, the film explores the intimate relationship between Antonio and Karl Lagerfeld (touching on Lagerfeld’s longstanding rivalry with Yves Saint Laurent), and provides a revealing glimpse into a scene that would soon be devasted by the spread of HIV and AIDS,

Tickets are available here.

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Antonio and Nancy North at Café Bonaparte, Paris, 1972. Photograph by Juan Ramos © Copyright The Estate of Antonio Lopez and Juan Ramos, 2012

Antonio Lopez 1970: Sex, Fashion & Disco, dir. James Crump, USA 2017, 90 mins.  

12 Oct 2017, 18:15
ICA, Cinema 1
Saturday 14 October 2017 21:00
Rich Mix Cinema, Screen 1
Sunday 15 October 2017 17:50
BFI Southbank, NFT2

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Antonio Lopez, Corey Tippin and Donna Jordan, Saint-Tropez, 1970. Photograph by Juan Ramos. © Copyright The Estate of Antonio Lopez and Juan Ramos, 2012