Christian Lacroix: Diary of a Collection Art Book

26 March 2015

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Christian Lacroix: Diary of a Collection by Patrick Mauries is one of Kelly’s favorite reference books. This incredible tome documents the creative process of how a collection is made from sketches to catwalk. Featuring a kaleidoscope of wonderful imagery, it is an inspiring addition to any library. Available to Order Now from www.KellyWearstler.com.

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Yves Saint Laurent’s Studio: Mirror and Secrets by Jérômine Savignon

20 March 2015

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The name of Yves Saint Laurent, one of the great fashion designers of the twentieth century, evokes the now-iconic looks he helped popularize as part of the modern woman’s wardrobe: the Le Smoking tuxedo jacket, the pea coat, the Mondrian dress, the jumpsuit. But seven years after Saint Laurent’s death, the man himself remains an enigma and a source of fascination (two Yves Saint Laurent biopics were released in 2014). In Yves Saint Laurent’s Studio: Mirror and Secrets, the first book to be published by the Fondation Pierre Bergé with Yves Saint Laurent, fashion historian Jérômine Savignon invites the reader into the designer’s studio, revealing Saint Laurent’s approach to fashion and design. Illustrated with more than 40 previously unpublished photographs, this volume offers a fresh, behind-the-scenes glimpse at the work of this iconic fashion designer.

A precocious talent, Yves Saint Laurent (1936-2008) started work at the venerable fashion house of Christian Dior at the age of 18. He started his own design house in 1961 with his partner Pierre Bergé. Saint Laurent was one of the first designers to hire nonwhite models, and the first to lend his name to a ready-to-wear line while maintaining his haute couture business. He became the first designer to be honored with a Costume Institute retrospective at The Metropolitan Museum of Art during his lifetime, with a 1983 show organized by Diana Vreeland, who called him the “Pied Piper of fashion,” because “whatever he does, women of all ages, from all over the world, follow.” Available to Order from Amazon.com.

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The Battle of Versailles by Robin Givhan

10 March 2015

The Battle of Versailles The Night American Fashion Stumbled into the Spotlight and Made History

On November 28, 1973, the world’s social elite gathered at the Palace of Versailles for an international fashion show. By the time the curtain came down on the evening’s spectacle, history had been made and the industry had been forever transformed. This is that story.

Conceived as a fund-raiser for the restoration of King Louis XIV’s palace, in the late fall of 1973, five top American designers faced off against five top French designers in an over-the-top runway extravaganza. An audience filled with celebrities and international jet-setters, including Princess Grace of Monaco, the Duchess of Windsor, Paloma Picasso, and Andy Warhol, were treated to an opulent performance featuring Liza Minnelli, Josephine Baker, and Rudolph Nureyev. What they saw would forever alter the history of fashion.

The Americans at the Battle of Versailles- Oscar de la Renta, Bill Blass, Anne Klein, Halston, and Stephen Burrows – showed their work against the five French designers considered the best in the world – Yves Saint Laurent, Hubert de Givenchy, Pierre Cardin, Emanuel Ungaro, and Marc Bohan of Christian Dior. Plagued by in-fighting, outsized egos, shoestring budgets, and innumerable technical difficulties, the American contingent had little chance of meeting the European’s exquisite and refined standards. But against all odds, the American energy and the domination by the fearless models (ten of whom, in a groundbreaking move, were African American) sent the audience reeling. By the end of the evening, the Americans had officially taken their place on the world’s stage, prompting a major shift in the way race, gender, sexuality, and economics would be treated in fashion for decades to come. As the curtain came down on The Battle of Versailles, American fashion was born; no longer would the world look to Europe to determine the stylistic trends of the day, from here forward, American sensibility and taste would command the world’s attention.

Pulitzer-Prize winning fashion journalist Robin Givhan offers a lively and meticulously well-researched account of this unique event. The Battle of Versailles is a sharp, engaging cultural history; this intimate examination of a single moment shows us how the world of fashion as we know it came to be. Available to Order Now from Amazon.com.

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Cy Twombly: Paradise

26 February 2015

Cy Twombly Paradise Book

Spanning American artist Cy Twombly’s career, this visually appealing book features 57 works of art (including paintings, sculpture and more), as well as essays by curator Philip Larratt-Smith that provide context and inspiration for many of the pieces. Published by Fundación Jumex Arte Contemporáneo, Mexico in association with Damiani, the text is curated by Julie Sylvester and Philip Larratt-Smith with editing from Julie Sylvester, text by Philip Larratt-Smith, and design by Takaaki Matsumoto. Available to Purchase Now from www.Barneys.com.

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History of International Fashion by Dider Grumbach

22 February 2015

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First English translation of critically-acclaimed book opens the door to the fascinating universe of fashion. This book is not just a history of fashion from the early days of the creation of dressmaking fashion to the development of ready-to-wear manufacturing and the global enterprise it is today. Its ambition is to be the story of the creation, the evolution, and the implosion of the fashion related professions. With readable, highly-informative, and entertaining text–coupled with stunning photography–this book offers valuable insights into a profession which, unlike any other social body, is determined as much by its origins as by its economic context.

Didier Grumbach walks you down the runways of fashion history and unfolds the secrets of the industry with stories and accounts from those who have played an active part in its development from the 1920s to the present. And he knows what he is talking about: he was born, grew up and made his mark in the circle that he opens for us here. For decades, he has collected archives, met with witnesses, interacted with the most influential players, and opened doors which are normally kept firmly shut. In his international bestseller, he finally offers us a 20th century illustrated history of fashion like no other–a saga, a family business, with noble fathers, prodigal sons, enthusiasms, passions, hatreds, strokes of genius and, of course, failures. The heroes are Dior, Saint Laurent, Kenzo, Sonia Rykiel, Prada, Hermès, and others.

Their adventures are presented in an innovative chronological–and logical–order. From haute couture to the boom in ready-to-wear, the clothing industry, creators and designers, we witness the evolution in techniques, the shifting trends in the market, how an art matures and a culture changes. We also discover how the French ventured out of Paris to meet New York, London, Tokyo and Beijing. This book is a must for fashion lovers, professionals, and students who will find a thousand references never before presented. It will also enlighten the curious reader who wishes to go behind the scenes of this most seductive of theaters. Available to Order Now from Amazon.com

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Halston: Inventing American Fashion by Lesley Frowick

07 February 2015

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Written by Halston’s niece and confidante, this is the first monograph to chronicle the designer’s life and his glamorous, minimalist aesthetic that personified American fashion in the electric 1970s. After rising in the fashion world from his beginnings as a milliner for Bergdorf Goodman, Roy Halston Frowick (1932–1990) launched his eponymous womenswear label in 1968, buoyed by his connections with socialites and celebrities. As the creator of Jackie Kennedy’s signature pillbox hat and as Liza Minnelli’s fashion guru throughout the 1970s and ’80s, Halston was synonymous both with American style’s modern, glamorous look and an A-list clientele. The Halston look continues to be revered today as a marker of American fashion at its peak.

This book chronicles the ultrachic Halston’s journey from his homespun roots to the acme of urban fame, illustrated through the lens of the author’s personal archives and early sketches, as well as unseen Joe Eula and Stephen Sprouse drawings. His story unfolds through the author’s interviews with Jane Holzer, Marisa Berenson, Joel Schumacher, and Jeffrey Bilhuber, among others, all of whose personal narratives are essential to Halston’s enduring legacy. Spotlighting his most important design achievements and his collaborations with luminaries such as Martha Graham, Elsa Peretti, and Hiro, this book presents to readers the untold story of Halston and solidifies hisplace as a key designer in American fashion. Available to Order Now from www.Amazon.com.

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Vintage Fashion Complete by Nicky Albrechtsen

23 January 2015

Vintage Fashion Complete by Nicky Albrechtsen

Fashion enthusiasts need look no further for style inspiration and knowledge than this definitive guide to all things chic. Through more than 1,000 stunning photos of the most fashionable women’s garments from the past 100 years, whether from the 1950s printed housedresses or from the 1980s sequined shoulder pads, this comprehensive tome explores the elegant shapes, signature pieces, classic looks, and perennial themes that defined twentieth-century style. Fashionistas, fashion designers and design students, and vintage clothing collectors and enthusiasts will be delighted and inspired by authoritative text and gorgeous I-want-to-wear-that looks—all presented in a volume of magnificent proportions. Fashion history has never looked so good. Available to Order Now from Amazon.com.

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Sam Taylor-Johnson: Second Floor from Steidl x Edition 7L

13 January 2015

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When Sam Taylor-Johnson climbed the famous mirrored staircase of Chanel’s headquarters at 31 Rue Cambon, Paris, she did not quite know what to expect. Her destination was Coco Chanel’s private apartment on the second floor; her mission, to photograph it. Through the door marked ‘MADEMOISELLE PRIVÉ’, Taylor-Johnson entered Coco Chanel’s secret world–exactly as she had left it at her death in 1971. Taylor-Johnson captures the mysterious, eerie presence of Coco’s ornaments and furniture: a golden lion, a bejewelled birdcage, leather-bound books, Chinese lacquer screens, crystal chandeliers. Ultimately we are left with a sense of beautiful emptiness–Coco’s touch is everywhere, but everywhere is haunted by her absence. Available to Order Now from www.Amazon.com.

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Choupette: The Private Life of a High-Flying Fashion Cat

06 January 2015

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Karl Lagerfeld’s world-famous cat dispenses essential advice on lifestyle, diet, fashion, beauty, and international travel for the uber-fashionable feline. Choupette—the constant feline companion of designer Karl Lagerfeld, creative director at Chanel—is a celebrity pet like no other. She has it all, from her own iPad to private jet service. She eats from Goyard silver seated next to Karl at the table, has been immortalized in Tokidoki figurines with the Kaiser, and has inspired his couture collections. “I never thought that I would fall in love like this with a cat,” Mr. Lagerfeld said in a CNN interview.

Choupette delivers words of wisdom to her 37,000+ Twitter devotees, but here, for the first time, she shares her complete lifestyle guide. Humorously themed chapters cover diet, beauty, healthcare, fashion tips, secret loves and pet hates for the pampered cat, along with observations and advice from Madame Horn (her vet), and Madame Françoise (her lady’s maid). Photographs taken by Karl himself include his Sacred Cat of Burma on fashion shoots with Laetitia Casta and Linda Evangelista. The book is completed with drawings, poetry, and photographs of literary cat-lovers including Ernest Hemingway, Truman Capote, Saul Steinberg, Dorothy Parker, and Edward Gorey. This season’s most talked-about cat book is the perfect chic gift for cat lovers, the fashion-conscious, and style-aware readers. Available to Order Now from Amazon.com.

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Palm Angels by Francesco Ragazzi

19 December 2014

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Francesco Ragazzi’s ‘Palm Angels’ takes an elevated look at the sport that started as an off-shoot of surfing and became a cultural phenomenon. With the Los Angeles-area as an inextricable backdrop, Ragazzi’s stellar images range from glam shots with lush cityscape scenery, to gritty action grabs and even more personal looks at skaters at rest. It heavily features the bedrock locales of the sport – Manhattan Beach and Venice Beach – and provides an authentic look at what it means to be a skateboarder in Southern California. Available to Order Now from Amazon.com.

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