Defining designers of the 20th and 21st centuries and their
most remarkable works
From Azzedine Alaïa, Cristóbal Balenciaga, and Coco Chanel, to
Alexander McQueen, Yves Saint Laurent, and Vivienne Westwood,
a century''s worth of fashion greats from the permanent
collection of The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology are
celebrated in this limited-edition volume. Photographs of
over 500 garments selected from the Museum''s permanent collection
illuminate each of the featured designers, while texts by the
curators explain why each designer is important in fashion history
and what is special about the individual pieces featured. In her
introductory essay, director and chief curator Valerie
Steele writes about the rise of the fashion museum, and
the emergence of the fashion exhibition as a popular and
controversial phenomenon; and both Steele and contributor
Suzy Menkes provide a history of this museum's
role in the world of fashion scholarship and preservation.
Fashion Designers A-Z is available as a series of
six Designer Editions. Each edition (a total of 11,000 copies) is
bound in a fabric created by one of six designers-Akris, Etro,
Stella McCartney, Missoni, Prada, and Diane von Furstenberg-and
comes in a Plexiglas box. Crafted by hand at a bindery in
the heart of Italy, and stamped with a unique number, every copy is
an instant classic, and an addition to your fashion library that is
Reprinted especially for the Akris Edition of 2,000
copies, designer Albert Kriemler´s iconic "Grand Prix"
digital photo print was created for his Akris Spring/Summer
collection 2012. "In the spirit of the devil-may-care
elegance of John Frankenheimer´s 1966 movie Grand Prix"
(Kriemler), the race cars whizzing by on silk crêpe found a
suitable patroness: H.S.H. Princess Charlène of Monaco wore an
Akris shift dress with the "Grand Prix" print to the Formula One
races in Monte Carlo.