Perry Ellis: An American Original

Perry Ellis: An American Original

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Perry Ellis: An American Original by Jeffrey Banks, Erica Lennard, Doria de La Chapelle

In the late ’70s, spirited young designer, Perry Ellis introduced a fresh, witty and relaxed new sensibility to American sportswear, initially for women and a few years later, for men. The clothes were easy, oversized, slouchy, but classic at heart and they caused a sensation. Ellis, who once told the New York Times that he "always made a determined effort to do something different," did just that, creating a series of signature looks such as his “dimple” sleeves and single-cabled sweaters that set his clothes apart from everyone else’s. Nearly three decades after his untimely death, the legacy of the designer Ellis is still very much felt : PERRY ELLIS: An American Original is the first complete monograph to celebrate his exceptional career. 
 
The beautifully illustrated book showcases Ellis’s designs through a combination of photography and sketches, providing an insightful look at each season of his career, from 1976 to 1986, offering readers unique access to editorial and ad campaign photographs from the archives of brilliant photographer Erica Lennard, with whom Ellis worked  almost exclusively.  Included here are ephemera, a treasure trove of drawings, and never-before-published photos from the personal collections of the designer’s friends and family, adding insight to Ellis’s unique aesthetic while solidifying his place as one of the key contemporary designers of American fashion.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780847840700
Publisher: Rizzoli
Publication date: 10/22/2013
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 1,218,246
Product dimensions: 9.46(w) x 12.28(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Jeffrey Banks is a Coty Award–winning fashion designer of men’s and women’s apparel.  He is the co-author of Tartan: Romancing the Plaid and Preppy: Cultivating Ivy StyleErica Lennard is an internationally renowned photographer whose books include Secret Gardens of Hollywood and American Writers at HomeDoria de La Chapelle is a freelance writer who is co-author of Tartan: Romancing the Plaid and Preppy: Cultivating Ivy Style. She has written on fashion, beauty, and style for Mademoiselle and other publications.  Marc Jacobs is the designer for his eponymous fashion label, and his diffusion line Marc by Marc Jacobs; and he has been Louis Vuitton’s creative director since 1997.

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