Exotic global locations, opulent yachts and star-studded parties in palatial mansions, British historian, author and journalist Nicholas Foulkes explores the glamorous world of the Jet Set in this captivating book. This hardcover edition is filled with beautiful imagery, as well as tales of money and adventure, from a time when foreign travel was the privilege of a cosmopolitan few. Visit Net-a-porter.com to Purchase Now.
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Giancarlo Giammetti, the long-time business partner and driving force behind Valentino Garavani’s design empire, bought his first camera at age 25. Now, 50 years later, the fashion insider has amassed nearly 57,000 photos. This hard-bound book includes a collection of exclusive personal images, in-depth interviews and journal entries spanning Giammetti’s life from his youth in Rome to his years at Valentino’s side. This visual volume makes a beautiful gift or addition to your coffee table. Visit Net-a-porter.com to purchase.
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For centuries the collecting of precious gems and the jewelry fashioned from them was the exclusive prerogative of kings and queens, emperors, popes, and maharajahs. In the aftermath of World War I an extraordinary group of women emerged who had the means to deck themselves in glittering bracelets, rings, necklaces, earrings, tiaras, and brooches.
This book presents eleven profiles of glamorous women who assembled these astonishing collections in the mid-twentieth century. The fall of European monarchies meant royal jewels passed into the hands of a new social elite that included figures from show business and the worlds of industry and commerce. The women of the era cut their hair, wore looser-fitting clothes, and had greater freedom than before the war. The change in fashion led to a new style of jewelry—the historic gemstones were reset and new collections created.
These influential women included Woolworth heiress Barbara Hutton, the Duchess of Windsor, the film star Merle Oberon, and the great diva Maria Callas. There were also less well-known figures such as the mysterious and beautiful Nina Dyer, whose husbands were the Baron von Thyssen and Prince Sadruddin Aga Khan. The book brings to life the worlds in which these women moved—elegant yachts, extravagant parties—and describes the details of the jewels and the jewelers (Cartier, Van Cleef & Arpels, and Harry Winston) that created the exquisite settings. The book features 300 illustrations in color and black and white. Available to Purchase Now from Amazon.com.
This extravagant volume is the magnum opus of today’s most celebrated interiors photographer. One of François Halard’s first assignments, to photograph Yves Saint Laurent’s legendary Paris apartment when he was in his early twenties, cemented his reputation as one of the most original eyes of our era. His unique photographic sensibility—old-world elegant and bohemian, accessible and personal—is instantly recognizable. Thirty years later, Halard still captures our imagination with his breathtaking photographs. Included in this highly anticipated volume are Halard’s images of the glorious homes of the most important tastemakers, artists, and designers of the twentieth century: Axel Vervoordt, Loulou de la Falaise, Tina Chow, Roger Vivier, Richard Avedon, David Hicks, Jacques Grange, the Duchess of Devonshire, Carlo Mollino, Balthus, Jacob de Rothschild, Coco Chanel, Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Bergé, and many more, including Halard’s own homes in New York, Paris, and Arles. Photographed in his inimitable “grand manner,” often for Vogue, this book also shows for the first time the more intimate “house portraits” that Halard would photograph for himself, where his personal vision shines through. François Halard will be a coveted, indispensable resource for all lovers of interior style and a master class in visual education. Available to Purchase from Amazon.com.
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A collection of the lavish and iconic gowns of Christian Dior, from the 1950s and ’60s, captured by the legendary photographer Mark Shaw. Iconic photographer Mark Shaw documented the ultra-exclusive Parisian fashion world, focusing on Paris’s long-standing top couturier Christian Dior. Shaw’s photographs—some of the first fashion photographs ever shot in color—capture the most stunning and extraordinary fashion of the era. This lavish volume embodies the glamour of that time, from rare moments of Christian Dior during fittings to editorial-style photographs of models, socialites, and actresses posing in Dior’s ballgowns, day suits, and haute couture collections. Shaw’s photojournalistic style changed fashion photography forever: his approach was to photograph wide, giving the subject a sense of context, creating an environment as exquisitely transformative as the subject and garment. With an eye for intimacy and opulence, this book features more than 200 color and black-and-white photographs, many never published before, having only recently been found in a secret vault by his estate. Dior Glamour: 1952–1962 captures the drama and elegance of the period’s style and will be treasured by lovers of photography, fashion, style, history, and cultured living. Available to Purchase from Amazon.com.
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Visionaire’s 63rd issue ‘Forever’ is the first ever metal magazine. Contributors including Richard Avedon, Mario Testino, Inez and Vinoodh, Lady Gaga, Karl Lagerfeld and more, provided sketches to be etched and embossed onto ten 28cm x 24cm aluminum and steel plates. These limited edition 3D designs are housed in a transparent-top presentation box and come with a pair of black cotton gloves. Visit Net-a-porter.com to Purchase Now.
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“I attempted to use every device to make as much magic as possible” – Oliver Messel
Oliver Messel (1904-1978) was a British costume and stage designer active from the 1920s-1970s who went on to become an equally well renowned interior decorator. The uncle of Lord Snowdon, Messel is perhaps best known now for having designed Princess Margaret’s Les Jolies Eaux estate in Mustique, however, during his career in theatre and Hollywood he designed costumes for a wide variety of iconic talents ranging from Sergei Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes to Academy Award-winning director Joseph L. Mankiewicz.
Messel studied painting at the Slade School of Fine Art in London where he also began making masks out of papier-mâché and wax for student productions. These were then exhibited at the Claridge Galleries in London in 1925 and led to his first major commission to design masks for the prestigious Diaghilev ballet production of Zéphyre et Flore, performed at the London Coliseum.
In 1932 Messel created a white-on-white set and costume series for the Max Reinhardt directed opéra bouffe Helen which secured his place as designer of note. The look caused a sensation in the London theatre world and caught the attention of film producer Alexander Korda. Messel’s work for Korda, founder of London Films and Denham Film studios in Buckinghamshire, led to further film commissions from Hollywood, providing him with a steady stream of work in both theatre and film until the 1960s.
Below are examples of some favourite designs by Messel. His archives, The Oliver Messel Collection, were inherited by Lord Snowdon in 1978 and later donated to the V&A, where over 10,000 items from Messel’s work have been housed since 1981.