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Maison Martin Margiela
Graduating from Antwerp's Royal Academy of Fine Arts in the 1980s, Martin Margiela (and his contemporaries in the Antwerp Six) transformed global fashion with his aggressive restatement of traditional fashion design and a polemical approach to luxury trends. Working first with the house of Gaultier, Margiela absorbed the radical design of Japanese deconstruction, making it wholly his own with the founding of his own label in 1988. Margiela propounds a singular, enigmatic look, moving beyond the recognizable tropes of deconstruction--a monochromatic palette, outsized garments, non-traditional fabrics, exposed seams, or r...
Issey Miyake
In 1983, Japanese designer Issey Miyake told The New Yorker that he aspired “to forge ahead, to break the mold”. With the boundary-defying fashion lines that followed, he not only broke molds, but recast clothing altogether. With a unique fusion of poetry and practicality, his creations blur the boundaries between tradition, modern technology, and everyday function. This definitive history of Miyake’s clothes coincides with a major exhibit at The National Art Center, Tokyo, and offers expert insight into the designer’s vision and daring. Initiated and conceived by Midori Kitamura, the book looks at the textur...
The Well-Worn Interior
Drawing on a range of interiors worldwide, this book illustrates the timeless appeal of older houses, and what we can learn from them. Organized by theme - entertaining, living, sleeping, cooking, bathing and outdoor rooms - the book revolves around how modern lifestyles have changed our domestic arrangements to meet the demands of time. We are encouraged to learn from the past to make the most of older houses for our contemporary modes of living, often seamlessly mixing the old and new. An extensive illustrated reference section reveals how long-neglected techniques, such as limewash, flat-oil paint, graining and gildi...
Rene Gruau by Patrick Mauries and Rene Gruau
First edition, # 1578 of an edition limited to 6,000 numbered copies. Texts in English, Italian and French. Colour fashion illustrations throughout. The textblock is comprised of quality light blue paper, which further emphasizes the beauty of Gruau s illustrations. Out of print book.
Talking Fashion by Sara jane Hoare
"Why does the response 'I'm a fashion editor' induce rolling eyeballs in immigration people, scanning looks from fellow women, and smiles of patronage from chauvinistic business men?" asks British-born Sarajane Hoare, formerly a fashion editor at such top glossies as British Vogue and Harper's Bazaar. "Oh, of course: aren't we meant to be a bunch of hysterics screeching Think Pink, and lugging trunks of frocks across exotic landscapes?" Talking Fashion is the wonderful and visually erudite answer to that rhetorical question. Talking Fashion, Hoare's first monograph, is a lively treatise on the inner workings of the fash...
A Princely Pursuit: The Malcolm D. Gutter Collection of Early Meissen Porcelain
Through tremendous grit and research, Malcolm D. Gutter has been forming a remarkable porcelain collection over several decades, primarily on a professor's salary. A Princely Pursuit presents more than one hundred significant pieces from the collection, which focuses primarily on early Meissen, particularly the royal collection that Augustus II (1670 - 1733) commissioned for the Japanisches Palais, his pleasure palace in Dresden, and the porcelain works he had imported from China and Japan. In addition to reproducing many documented pieces from the royal collection, this volume includes numerous "collector's stories"...
India Fantastique: Fashion (Volume I) : Interiors (Volume II)
Abu Jani and Sandeep Khosla have built a decades-long partnership that has included designing for India's leading actors and actresses, working with directors on costumes for epic Bollywood films, and building a brand that exudes luxury, artistry and Indian tradition. Known both for their fashion creations for men and women and for interior design, their reputation extends far beyond India: many international celebrities wear Jani-Khosla creations, among them Amitabh Bachchan, Dames Judi Dench and Maggie Smith, and Sophie Marceau. Paramount in their work is their rediscovery and revival of traditional crafts, and the gl...
Scaasi: A cut above
Arnold Scaasi stands at the top of American fashion, an enviable position he has occupied for nearly half a century, the years that saw America move from a fashion backwater to a world leader. This gloriously illustrated retrospective of his successful career offers.
Balenciaga and his legacy by Myra Walker
Born in 1895 in a remote fishing village in Spain, Cristobal Balenciaga learned sewing and tailoring at his mother's knee. By 1937, the talented and persistent young man had opened his own design salon in Paris, and in the years following World War II he emerged as a designer to be reckoned with in the world of haute couture. The House of Balenciaga grew to serve an international clientele from locations in Paris, Madrid, and Barcelona, and from 1937 to its closing in 1968 created some of the most outstanding and innovative examples of French and Spanish haute couture of the era. This beautifully illustrated book presen...
Blumenfeld: A Fetish for Beauty
By the mid-1950s, Erwin Blumenfeld's fame had spread throughout the USA and Europe to make him the world's most highly paid photographer. This study discusses the life and work of this extraordinary man. Highly inventive, he developed his own idiosyncratic language, using solarization and negative printing, double and multiple exposures and a host of hybrid techniques. The work also brings together a retrospective selection of Blumenfeld's diverse achievements including drawings, collages and photographs of all genres.
Edward Steichen: In High Fashion: The Condé Nast Years 1923-1937
Edward Steichen was chief photographer for Vogue and Vanity Fair from 1923 to 1937. During that time, he produced work of unequalled brilliance, putting his exceptional talents to work dramatizing and glamorizing contemporary culture and its achievers – in politics, literature, journalism, dance, theatre, opera and, above all, the world of high fashion. This beautifully produced book reproduces the best of Steichen’s images, all drawn from Condé Nast’s archive of more than 2,000 original vintage prints. Until now, no more than a handful of these prints has been exhibited or published. The 1920s and 1930s represen...
Ralph Rucci: Autobiography of a Fashion Designer
Through a wealth of stunning photo-grids, the book delves deeply into the private and public worlds of fashion designer, Ralph Rucci. His eclectic and beautiful home is revealed through a compelling series of closely-cropped photographs - everything from his boxing gloves to the contents of his refrigerator, the Elsa Peretti pieces displayed throughout the rooms and his extensive book collection on muses from Cy Twombly to Cristobal Balenciaga. The images of Rucci's design processes are equally captivating; bolts of exquisite fabrics, spools of thread, and racks of dress patterns are presented in grids, alongside notebo...
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