Rizzoli Bookstore and Simon & Schuster celebrated the 60th anniversary of "Eloise" with a conversation between "Eloise" illustrator Hilary Knight and three-time Tony winner Bernadette Peters, who can be heard narrating the new "Eloise" audiobooks.

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Long before there was millennial pink there was rose carthame, a chemical but warm paint hue favored by Katharine Sturges Dodge, mother of the artist Hilary Knight, and an artist herself. “She used it in cheeks, especially,” Mr. Knight said the other afternoon.

“Think pink!” his most famous collaborator, Kay Thompson, belted in the 1957 movie “Funny Face.” And because of the blockbuster success of their fictional and widely franchised character Eloise, the 6-year-old girl who first appeared in “Eloise: A Book for Precocious Grown-Ups” in 1955 and has been running amok at (and raking it in for) the Plaza Hotel ever since, one might believ...

Photographed by Jonathan Becker

It goes back to a book,” says Hilary Knight, “a sketchbook from the mid-20s.  My mother had taken it to the circus, and it was full of drawings, circus acts, girls hanging by their teeth, which just fascinated me.  I took this book when I was a little child and drew over my mother's drawings, it so inspired me.”  Add to that the musical Jumbo, in '35, Adrian's costumes for The Great Zeigfeld, in '36, and Sabu from Elephant Boy, in ’37, and it was kismet! The child with the pirouetting pen would make drawing his own form of performance. Hence the title of the exhibition that opens on April 25 at the New Yor...

April 3, 2017

Hilary Knight, the well known and honored illustrator, will have a special exhibition: "Hilary Knight's Stage Struck World" beginning April 25th at The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center, 40 Lincoln Plaza (Broadway bet 63rd & 65th Streets). This extraordinary exhibit includes some of his original artwork for Broadway, posters, costume and set designs for performances and revues, illustrations for Vanity Fair magazine (he is a contributing editor), books, albums, as well as some of his most recent work - three-dimensional portraits in stage-like settings, preliminary studies for those, and some unpublished...

Before President 45 ruined our fantasies about living the carefree life atop a skyscraper, America had Eloise, the children’s book series from the 1950s written by Kay Thompson and illustrated by Hilary Knight. For someone living the cushy life — this girl lives in the “room on the tippy-top floor” of the Plaza Hotel in New York City with her pug Weenie and her turtle Skipperdee — Eloise got around, making her way into the libraries, bedrooms, and minds of generations of children, and her portrait now hangs in the lobby of the Plaza itself. Still, the chance to see these illustrations up close is extra special. The Eric Carle Museum’s c...

October 27, 2015

​​On Tuesday evening Hilary Knight was a guest of honor at the cocktail party celebrating the 60th anniversary of Eloise.  The event was held at the Palm Court of The Plaza hotel in New York City.  Pictured here, Hilary sits with Zac Posen.  Photo by Peter Mintun.  

March 26, 2015

The celebrated illustrator who drew Eloise shares a few of his favorite things

THE IMAGE ABOVE is a photograph of some of my close relatives and friends—including Lena Dunham, who is behind the HBO documentary about my life and work, It’s Me, Hilary: The Man Who Drew Eloise, coming out in March. We had an instantaneous connection when we met. She has a tattoo of Eloise, the children’s book character I helped create, on her back.

The image in front and the little fish and frog refer to my author photo from Eloise Takes a Bawth. I actually got into the water of my East Hampton pond for it, which was horrific; it was filled with bullfro...

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