One of the reasons it took so long for me to post the Frederick’s Of Hollywood VS Victoria’s Secret History Lesson was that I had not only done a lot of research online, but I made a lot of phone calls…
One area I wanted to cover (if not in that post, then in another), was the classic Frederick’s Of Hollywood catalog art. It’s always reminded me of Bill Ward‘s work… I’m no art expert, but Frederick’s catalog art always struck that same fetishist femme chord for me. Anyway, I was pretty certain the catalog illustrations were contracted and/or done in house by professional illustrators who gave up their name — and rights to the works — for their paychecks. But I wanted to be certain.
…Plus, someone somewhere had to know who these illustrators were.
So, I contacted Frederick’s directly. First via phone, and then once I secured the appropriate person for such archival talk, getting their name and email contact, I followed up. Twice. But after that promising initial conversation, I was ignored. *sigh*
Not willing to give up quite yet — I do obsess! — I went on to call the folks at American Fine Art Editions, Inc. who are the owners and legal sales agents of Frederick Mellinger’s “Hollywood Collection”. I left messages, including with a human being, which were also ignored. *another sigh*
If anyone can shed some light on this, please do!
Image via Heritage Auctions, where the original art piece sold for $167.30 on March 14, 2010.