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reader/reviewer was slack jawed when realizing the lasting influence that this
designer/brand had on future generations as well as the foundation that was
built for the art of haute couture. You might take notice that Worth influenced
everyone from Jacques Fath, Charles James, Christian Lacroix, Giambattista
Valli, and Christian Dior, as well as John Galliano’s oeuvre for Dior; frankly
it’s an extraordinary accomplishment and legacy that few ever allude to.
All About Yves
Yves contains little
that is new but with this unbelievably unique presentation, Örmen has unearthed
a treasure trove of memorabilia that has only been previously written of but
never seen in book form. The monograph was first released in France last year
and now its translation appears here in the USA at a time that seems propitious
given the very recent openings of the YSL museums in both Paris and Marrakech.
Together: Fashion's Most Extraordinary Duos on the Art of Collaboration, Trust,
Together is a collage of
18 redacted interviews between Stoppard and her subjects. The primary or main
topic is about the dynamics of working together as a team while involved in
some creative process having to do with the world of fashion. What is most
stunning in many ways is that the conversations range from intimate to vapid to
enlightening to cases of TMI.
Robert Fairer has delivered a gift, a paean, and a love letter to every fashion
aficionado, the business of fashion, as well as to any fashion reader no matter
their level of fashion education. This uniquely gifted visionary with exquisite
talents has taken it upon himself to jolt our fashion consciousness and
literally shout at us that John Galliano is undeniably one of the greatest
designers of our generation.
Parisian Jeweler Since 1780
Be prepared to
be dazzled by their work in pearls, cameos, and exotic materials that boggles
the mind; who knew this was the favored jeweler of Napoleon and Josephine? Who
knew that they centuries ago they collaborated with Breguet to produce
timepieces? Who knew that there was such a thing as a “watch” that told time
and a separate one to tell the day of the week? The book is full of bits and
pieces of ephemera that will feed the most hungry and inquisitive of minds.
Collections, 1947–2017 (Catwalk)
has perhaps written one of the most insightful, intelligent, eloquent and
detailed appraisals and assessments of all that was Dior haute couture—each
designer, each collection, and each era. The introduction and text are head and
shoulders above any before, especially when dealing with a singular brand or
designer. What is confounding is that regardless of the superlative content and
style with which it is written, there is nothing to prepare you for the visual
and informational onslaught that lies within this epic 632-page tome.
Shaping Fashion is a crash
course in all things Cristobal Balenciaga but in a highly curatorial way. For
the very well fashion educated reader there may not be a lot that is new, but
Miller is so all encompassing and thorough that the book is remains a must
read. For the less informed reader the book will give them everything they
might ever need to know about this consummate creator and designer.
Five Centuries of Fashion at Chatsworth, Home to the Devonshires
One is given a
rare glimpse into their sartorial choices, their impossibly luxurious living
conditions as well as heirlooms, treasures and remembrances. The complex fabric
of the Devonshire clan including friends, relatives, and preferences when it
came to designers and where to shop, what to buy and what purpose they served
is all laid out within.
Saillard, who is
an amazingly skilled and well-spoken historian and author, offers us just
enough text to remind the reader of the history and the man and the genesis of
the brand, but what happens outside the text is simply beyond one’s wildest
expectations. The reader is transported to an exquisitely curated view of the
Dior archive that will surely be a revelation to most. This reader came away
with a new set of opinions and perspectives.
of the 20th Century
The narrative is
encyclopedic in content yet enormously interesting and engrossing. If the
prospective reader has more than just a passing interest in the finest of
jewelry, this book will certainly satisfy or a fill a void that has been
missing in the annals of jewelry makers and their histories.