The Great Fashion Designers

The Great Fashion Designers

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From Charles Frederick Worth to Nicolas GhesquiAure, designers have propelled fashion from an elite craft into a cornerstone of contemporary popular culture. This brilliantly written analysis of the achievements of the 50 greatest names in international fashion explores their lives, both personal and professional, drawing on the latest academic research and on the best of fashion journalism, including the authors' own interviews with designers spanning a 30-year period. The designers' working methods and career highlights are outlined in detailed and wittily written entries that capture the spirit of their times. From Poiret and Patou to Gernreich and Galliano, the sometimes provocative selection of 50 names poses stimulating questions about the definition of a fashion designer in the modern era. A ground-breaking book, this is a definitive introduction to fashion designers that is essential reading for both students and general readers alike.... Gina Lollobrigida, Marisa Berenson, Elsa Peretti, Jessica Lange, Sharon Stone and Julia Robertsa€”who accepted her 2001 Oscar in Valentino. ... Valentino Garavani was born into an affluent familya€”his father owned electrical supplies storesa€”in 1932 in Voghera, a small town halfway between Turin and Milan in northern Italy, his countrya#39;s industrial heartland. As a child he loved drawing and at school displayed an interest in fashion, going on to study at the Santa Marta Institute ofanbsp;...

Title:The Great Fashion Designers
Author:Brenda Polan, Roger Tredre
Publisher:Berg - 2009-10-01


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