Gianni Versace

Gianni Versace

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by Richard Martin, Gianni Versace
     
 

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Gianni Versace (1946-1997) stands among the most important designers of the late 20th century, his clothes symbolizing post-pop culture and expanding the haute couture beyond the elitism of earlier eras. Splendidly illustrated, this volume provides a conceptual and historical background for Versace's achievements. 120 full-color illustrations. Size D. 192 pp. 7,000

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Gianni Versace (1946-1997) stands among the most important designers of the late 20th century, his clothes symbolizing post-pop culture and expanding the haute couture beyond the elitism of earlier eras. Splendidly illustrated, this volume provides a conceptual and historical background for Versace's achievements. 120 full-color illustrations. Size D. 192 pp. 7,000 print.

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Library Journal - Library Journal
This attractive catalog was published in conjunction with the Costume Institute's commemorative exhibition "Gianni Versace" (December 11, 1997-March 22, 1998) at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Martin's solid reputation as a prolific author, art and fashion professor, and curator of the Costume Institute speaks for itself. The text is organized into seven section: the Landmarks, Art, History, Materials, Word and Image, Men, and the Dream. Each section begins with an overview followed by a historical/analytical discussion. These informed discussions provide the intellectual context necessary to understand how Versace's visual references to antiquity, traditional garb such as the sari, and the sleek fashions of the 1920s and 1930s relate to the designer's empowering references to the culture of street prostitutes. First-rate color illustrations enliven the text, and a brief bibliography concludes the volume. Warmly recommended for public, academic, and specialized libraries.P. Steven Thomas, Central Michigan Univ. Lib.
Booknews
Published in conjunction with the December 1997 exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art which commemorates Versace's prominence in late 20th-century fashion, placing him for the first time in the realm of the Museum and of history. In addition to 107 striking full-page color photographs of his creations, the volume includes a retrospective look at his major achievements, his relationship with various artists, his creative interpretations of the past, his incorporation of unusual materials, and his theatrical visions of costumes for the opera and dance. Each of the seven conceptual sections begin with a text summarization and a brief discussion of individual costumes. No index. Oversize: 9.50 x 12<">. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

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ISBN-13:
9780870998430
Publisher:
Metropolitan Museum of Art
Publication date:
12/01/1997

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Gianni Versace 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
longing_love More than 1 year ago
Document the contributions of Gianni Versace through detailed images - this book captures the the viewers with the shocking quality of the clothing themselves. The book can be referred to as a trip to the Italian altelier where the Versace family carefully reserve the archives that display the explosive creativity of a great Italian couturier. This book is an absolute eye-candy for anyone who enjoys a delightful treat to the exhibition of fashion history. In addition, this wonderful book can also serve as a great source of endless inspirations
Anonymous More than 1 year ago