The Nob Hill Gazette: Gladys Perint Palmer

"Queen Victoria, 1819-1901, loved Scotland. Not to mention John Brown. And tartan," Gladys Perint Palmer writes in Adam & Yves.

The text accompanies one of Palmer's illustrations. In it, she imagines what Queen Victoria might have looked like had she made it to 1900, festooned in plaid-patterned Vivienne Westwood and lace-up platform heels.

Adam & Yves is a gay, pornographic film from 1974. It's also a coffee table book of Palmer's irreverent fashion illustrations that showcase her skill with a paintbrush, interspersed with her trademark humor and clever turns of phrase. 

Whether drawing the creations of Alexander McQueen, John Galliano or Christian Lacroix, Palmer loves to illustrate "over-the-top clothes." But runway shows in New York, Paris, or Milan were always a conduit for what came after—namely, the stoking of her creative fire. “The drawing part is what I really love, not sitting in the shows,” Palmer says. “Besides, I never had terribly good seats.”

AMANDA MILLNER