Erdem Moralioglu’s progress around the great art establishments of London town has arrived this season at the life-drawing studio of The Royal Academy of Arts in Piccadilly. Look about behind the models: There you’ll glimpse the purpose-built Georgian benches and the plaster casts of Greco-Roman sculpture stacked on shelves in the oldest art school in Britain, founded 350 years ago, in 1768. Erdem has one of his subtle hidden purposes for bringing our attention to the place. Because—guess what?—there were three centuries when women were not allowed in here to draw the naked human form. Not until Laura Knight was made the first full Royal Academician, just as British women were finally getting the vote, in 1918. Knight’s paintings were all over his mood board—her Self-Portraitin which she shows a back view of herself painting a nude model—as well as documentary photographs, fashion illustrations, and memorabilia leading up to the Second World War.

Source: Vogue