Veruschka: From Vera to Veruschka
She was one of the biggest faces of the 1960s. Actress and muse to photographer Franco Rubbartelli, Vera von Lendhorff became Veruschka over the course of her a career that still holds us in thrall today. A beautiful new tome from Rizzoli – by photographer Johnny Moncada, who shot her several times for Italian Vogue – presents a 300-strong edit of thousands of recently discovered and previously unpublished pictures of the German model. From Rome to Capri, via the white sand beaches of Sardinia, the volume charts the Dolce Vita of the long-legged baby doll on shoots in Italy, as she plays femme fatale, young innocent and water nymph in the crystal clear waters of the Mediterranean Sea.
Veruschka: From Vera to Veruschka, Rizzoli, €75.
Dior: Images en Légende
Granville, Christian Dior’s childhood home since converted into a museum of the designer’s life, is preparing to welcome the Dior: Images en Légende exhibition September 3 to 21. The show explores the dialogue between the legendary fashion house and the world of photography and in parallel, a new book from Rizzoli retraces Dior history, as seen by some of the biggest fashion photographers in the world. Fashion historian Florence Müller has brought together a collection of more than 200 photographs ranging from well-known press images to behind-the-scenes shots, from image-makers including Richard Avedon, Cecil Beaton, Helmut Newtonand Peter Lindbergh. Florence was also behind last October’s Dior: Impressions.
Dior: The Legendary Images, Rizzoli, €35.
Oscar de la Renta: The Style, Inspiration and Life of Oscar de la Renta
US designer Oscar de la Renta launched his label back in 1965 and his opulently romantic uptown look soon became a reference of American style. In the tradition of Charles James, considered to be one of the first US couturiers, long dresses with structured bodices feature in most of his collections and after concentrating on his ready-to-wear collections for 35 years, in 2000 the designer launched his first accessories and leather line, adding the final touch to his super feminine looks. Chairman of the CFDA (Council of Fashion Designers Awards) from 1973 to 1976 and creative director at Balmain from 1993 to 2002, from his first fashion steps as an assistant at Lanvin to the creation of his own fashion house, Oscar de la Renta has evolved with the times to become one of the greatest designers of his generation. A new book from Abrams prefaced by Anna Wintour, retraces this journey in tribute to a man who has played a central role in the fashion industry for nearly 50 years. A sumptuous look back at more than four decades of fashion history through photographs from the designer’s own personal archive and many previously unseen documents.
Oscar de la Renta, Assouline, €90.
Launched in 2008 by Todd Selby, theselby.com takes a behind-the-scenes look at the creative processes of some of the artists of the moment through a carefully composed look inside their homes and studios. The site is now bookmarked by creatives around the world and the American photographer has gone on to publish two books, The Selby is in your Place bringing together his best images, and The Edible Selby, featuring personalities from the food world. Fashionable Selby is a third tome that lifts the lid on fashion through a mosaic of inspiring images from around the world. From the offices of Franca Sozzani, editor-in-chief of Vogue Italia to the design studios of Dries van Noten, the book paints a sincere portrait of a fascinating milieu.
Fashionable Selby, Abrams, €38.
Named Commander of the French Order of Arts and Letters in 2006, Annie Leibovitz has been photographing artists, politicians and actors for the biggest names in the publishing world for the past 40 years. From Rolling Stone to Vogue US, she is the name behind some iconic images, including the special Hollywood cover of American Vanity Fair every year, Annie Leibovitz is considered as one of the biggest names in fashion photography, who still works with houses like Louis Vuitton andChristian Dior on their advertising campaigns. Her timeless pictures bring together a clutch of different inspirations, which are displayed in a book as big as her talent. There are only 9,000 copies of the tome available, the 76cm thick, 25 kilos SUMO retraces Annie Leibovitz‘s career with 250 large-scale prints on which to feast your eyes.
Annie Leibovitz, published by Taschen, €2,000.
Seven Sisters Style
The Seven Sisters group of seven women-only American universities counts amongst its alumni such stars of the silver screen as Katharine Hepburn and Meryl Streep. For the first time, the Seven Sisters Style book looks over the preppy style of the young women who have become synonymous with elegance, grace and refinement, for their classic look that mixes tomboy inspiration with aristocratic spirit, in a sporty-preppy mash-up for girls from good families. The book explores the many sides of this inspiring style, painting a portrait of The Seven Sisters from the 1920s to the present day. From Dior, to Balenciaga and Band of Outsiders, so many fashion houses have been inspired by a style which is still relevant today.
Seven Sisters Style, published by Rizzoli, €26.
The House of Worth: Portrait of an archive
Charles Frederick Worth was a British-French couturier who launched his own house in 1858 and is now widely regarded as the founding figure of haute couture. A true visionary, it was Worth who changed the fashion world drastically from the 1850s onwards; he didn’t just design to meet his clients’ needs, Charles Frederick Worth created silhouettes that had never been seen before, marketing them with his own name and holding runway shows to showcase them in luxurious salons. It is also to him that the idea of seasonal fashion can be accredited, as his collections changed over the course of the year to cater to his clients every desire, before they even knew them, themselves. In gathering numerous color illustrations and near to 300 photographs from its own fashion archives, the Victoria & Albert Museum in London has created an Abrams-published work of 176 pages which trace the history of the first Paris fashion house, making it an indispensable reference for one of the most important chapters in fashion history.
The House of Worth, published by Abrams, €30.
10 Corso Como: A to Z
Although she had been a journalist since the end of the 1960s, in 1990Carla Sozzani, sister of Vogue Italia Editor-in-Chief Franca Sozzani, took a step into the art world when she opened her first modern art gallery in Milan’s 10 Corso Como. The former garage was converted into a brand new space which has welcomed more than 250 photography, fashion and design exhibitions since it opened, shining a spotlight on some of the art world’s biggest players, from Paco Rabanne to Man Ray. 10 Corso Como has been constantly evolving since the 1990s, and now features a store, restaurant and hotel, making it an must on the Milan trail. Carla Sozzanihas also opened a Japanese outpost of 10 Corso Como in Tokyo with Rei Kawabuko of Comme des Garçons, as well as three Oriental boutiques: two in Seoul and one in Shanghai. She has become an important fashion and art figure, and now, the former journalist and close friend to Azzedine Alaïa opens her world on the pages of 10 Corso Como, giving an interesting insight into the fashion world today. Via memories and tips, words and images, 10 Corso Como tracks the evolution of the eponymous concept store that brings style and culture together so effortlessly.
10 Corso Como: A to Z, published by Rizzoli, €38.
A Denim Story
As Vogue Paris sets its sights on the big blue for April, Current/Elliot founder-designers Emily Current and Merit Elliott guide us back through the history of the timeless must-have blue jeans. A symbol of US culture around the world, the new book is an inspired look back at an endlessly reinvented classic, from Kate Moss’ signature grey skinnies to Current/Elliott‘s own boyfriend jeans. Iconic photos and the authors’ own designer moodboards come together in a visual love letter to the denim jean that will transport you to the US West.
A Denim Story, Rizzoli, €25.
Halston & Warhol: Silver & Suede
In their own ways, both Halston and Warhol shocked the fashion and art worlds with their fresh visions of beauty, becoming legends of the American creative scene in the 1970s. While Andy Warhol turned contemporary art criticism on its head with his silkscreen prints and criticism of consumer culture, Roy Halston Frowick made American fashion more accessible with his brightly colored flowing dresses. Setting its sights on Studio 54 and the 1970s, Halston & Warhol brings the link that united the two men to light with a series of unseen documents, photographs and reproductions of each of the artists’ work.
Halston & Warhol: Silver & Suede, published by Abrams, €40.
The Dior book looks very classy. Some of their photographers are real artists, and some of the models really know how to wear a dress.
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