The Art and Craft of Gianni Versaceby Claire Wilcox, Valerie Mendes, Valerie Mendes
Extravagant and supersexy, the fashions of Gianni Versace (1946-1997) combined the expert craftsmanship and luxury of haute couture with the sheer creativity of the street. Instantly recognizable for their glamour quotient-who could forget Elizabeth Hurley in her slit-up-to-there "Safety-pin Dress"?-the deceptively fragile designs utilized innovative fabrics and meticulous construction to anchor their illusions. Although thoroughly modern, the clothes also drew inspiration from fine art: Versace counted Delaunay, Calder, and Klimt among his influences. This fun, flamboyant paperback befits Versace's duality-high art mixed with media hype, delicate garments built from durable materials. The two separate sections address Versace's artistry and skill individually. Published to accompany a major exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, this colorful book celebrates the lifework and remarkable legacy of a perennially popular and highly respected designer. Claire Wilcox, a curator in the V&A's Department of Furniture, Textiles and Dress, with particular responsibility for the 20th-century dress collections, is the author of Radical Fashion, Bags, and Modern Fashion in Detail.
- Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
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- 10.00(w) x 11.32(h) x 0.62(d)
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