Ralph Rucci: The Art of Weightlessness

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Working quietly and without much public attention for more than 20 years, American fashion designer Ralph Rucci suddenly became a headline topic in 2002, when he was invited to show his collection at the haute couture in Paris—the first American to receive such an invitation since Mainbocher in the 1930s. This sumptuously illustrated book is the first to explore in depth Rucci’s life and work, including the inspirations behind the extraordinarily beautiful and very expensive ...

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Overview

Working quietly and without much public attention for more than 20 years, American fashion designer Ralph Rucci suddenly became a headline topic in 2002, when he was invited to show his collection at the haute couture in Paris—the first American to receive such an invitation since Mainbocher in the 1930s. This sumptuously illustrated book is the first to explore in depth Rucci’s life and work, including the inspirations behind the extraordinarily beautiful and very expensive clothes he creates.
The contributors to the volume explore many aspects of Rucci’s genius and emergence as a master in the fashion world. Valerie Steele places his life and work in the context of modern fashion history and discusses his connections with such figures as Balenciaga and Halston. Patricia Mears closely examines the garments he designs, reveals what makes them so special, and considers influences on his work. Clare Sauro describes Rucci’s accessories, which complete the aesthetic vision that his fashions embody. The book is enriched with more than 100 photographs that include runway images, fashion shots of Rucci’s clients, Chado Ralph Rucci garments from the collection of The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology and from his own archives, as well as various inspirational objects and fashions.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780300122787
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Publication date: 2/28/2007
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 9.10 (w) x 12.70 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Valerie Steele is director and chief curator, Patricia Mears is deputy director, and Clare Sauro is assistant curator of accessories, all at The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology, New York. Valerie Steele is the author of more than a dozen books, including The Corset: A Cultural History; Fashion, Italian Style; and Fifty Years of Fashion, all published by Yale University Press.

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Table of Contents


Absolute fanaticism   Valerie Steele     1
Couturier and connoisseur   Patricia Mears     99
The artful accessory   Clare Sauro     177
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  • Posted July 11, 2009

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    A True Wonder!

    Valerie Steele has outdone herself with her discovery of a quiet American designer whose passion for couture is no less than some of the greatest names in fashion today such as Gaultier or Lacroix. Besides the wonderful texts always delivered by Steele, the images that depict the body of work of Ralph Rucci is real treat for fashion enthusiasts and couture fans alike. Many pictures taken up close are edited strategically to further display Ralph's passion for fashion as well as his meticulous attention to details. Despite not having the celebrity rave or the worldwide recognition, Ralph's designs contain some of the most amazing details and some of the most original and even avant-garde creative ideas. This book truly is MONEY.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 28, 2007

    A Must Read for Fashion Designers- Pure Inspiration

    Chado Ralph Rucci is a true master in the art of fashion design. He is a true model of what a fashion designer should be. His approach to design is pure beauty and he shows his love for the craft in each of his designs. To own a Chado Ralph Rucci design is to own a piece of art and craftsmanship. This book should serve as a inspiration to all young fashion designers as to what design is all about. A must on every fashion designer's book shelf.

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