Claridge’s immortalises iconic guests

Claridge’s immortalises iconic guests

The faces of Claridge’s most famous guests will be immortalised this month by the hotel’s first Artist in Residence, David Downton.

Best known for his illustrations in Vogue, Downton has captured such icons as Cate Blanchett and Linda Evangelista (pictured), and will now start drawing the London hotel’s illustrious visitors for a permanent exhibition in the lobby.

Commenting on his role, Downton said: “Glamour and an effortless assurance are the hallmarks of Claridge’s. I am excited and honoured to be the first ever artist in residence at high fashion’s home from home.”

Names are under wraps at the moment, but the London landmark is a favourite of fashion’s biggest names: Christian Louboutin, Diane von Furstenberg and Carolina Herrera all stay here. And Sir Paul Smith is rumoured to be one of the first to be captured in ink. We’re also expecting to see Marc Jacobs – the Art Deco building was the inspiration for his latest collection for Louis Vuitton.

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 will 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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