The Complete CollectionsSusannah Frankel
“[A] ‘greatest hits’ riffing on Miuccia Prada’s own obsessions with maid’s uniforms, schoolgirl garb and twists on luxury.”—Alexander Fury, AnOther Magazine
“The perfect coffee-table book for style-savvy bibliophiles.”—Los Angeles Times
Founded in 1913 as a leather-goods house in Milan, Prada entered the field of fashion when Miuccia Prada took the helm of the company in 1979. After initially focusing on accessories, she presented the house’s first fashion collection in 1988, quickly transforming Prada into one of the world’s most influential luxury brands. Her deeply personal, sophisticated, and subtly subversive approach often works against the clichés of beauty and sexy as she strives, in her own words, to be “more clever, or more difficult, or more complicated . . . or more new.”
Published in collaboration with Prada to celebrate 30 years of trend-setting creations, this stunning volume offers a comprehensive and definitive history of the house. Organized chronologically, each of Prada’s collections is introduced by a description of its influences and highlights and is illustrated with stunning catwalk images of models such as Naomi Campbell, Kate Moss, and Gisele Bündchen showcasing clothing, accessories, and beauty looks. With a biographical profile of Miuccia Prada and an extensive reference section, this handsome and well-researched retrospective reflects the passion, craftsmanship, and creative spirit that define Prada.
The Collections, 1947-2017Alexander Fury, Adélia Sabatini
In spring 1947, Christian Dior presented the first collection of his newly founded eponymous fashion house. Soon dubbed the "New Look," it grabbed headlines all over the world and turned Dior into one of the most influential brands of all time. After the couturier's untimely death in 1957, Yves Saint Laurent took the helm of the fashion house before being succeeded by Marc Bohan, who was in turn replaced by Gianfranco Ferré in 1989. In 1996, John Galliano was appointed creative director, designing flamboyant collections for a decade, before the arrival of Raf Simon in 2012, who gave the house a newly imagined identity for the 21st century. Maria Grazia Chiuri's arrival in 2017 as the first woman designer in Dior's history also marks the seventieth anniversary of the "New Look."
For the first time, every Dior haute couture collection is gathered here in a single, lavishly illustrated volume--providing a unique opportunity to chart the development of one of the world's most famous fashion brands and to discover rarely seen collections. Dior: The Complete Collections opens with a concise history of the house of Dior before exploring the collections themselves, which are organized chronologically. Each new "era" in Dior's history is inaugurated by a brief overview and biography of the new designer, while individual collections are introduced by a short text unveiling their influences and highlights and illustrated with carefully curated catwalk images. A rich reference section, including an extensive index, concludes this definitive publication.
The Complete CollectionsTim Blanks
“Dive into this Versace-celebrating book, which amasses more than 40 years of fashion shows and 1,200 catwalk images.”—Wallpaper
Founded in 1978, Gianni Versace’s family-operated fashion house quickly grew into a symbol of high glamour and luxury known the world over. Throughout the 1980s and 1990s Versace’s styles were worn by iconic celebrities such as Madonna and Princess Diana. After Gianni Versace’s tragic death in 1997, his sister Donatella became artistic director of the brand, steering it into the twenty-first century and cementing its legendary status for a new generation of fans.
This magnificent celebration of more than forty years of Versace’s trendsetting creations is organized chronologically and includes both haute-couture and ready-to-wear collections. Each collection is introduced by a short text revealing its influences and is illustrated with catwalk photographs that feature clothes, details, accessories, and beauty looks showcased by models including Kate Moss, Naomi Campbell, Gigi Hadid, and Kaia Gerber. With an extensive reference section, a concise history of the house, and biographical profiles of Gianni Versace and Donatella Versace, this volume provides an unrivaled view of one of the world’s most illustrious fashion houses.
The Complete Haute Couture Collections, 1962–2002Suzy Menkes, Olivier Flaviano, Aurélie Samuel, Jéromine Savignon, Lola Fournier, Alice Coulon-Saillard, Domitille Éblé, Laurence Neveu, Leslie Veyrat
Founded in 1962 by Yves Saint Laurent and his partner, Pierre Bergé, the fashion house Yves Saint Laurent has for more than half a century been synonymous with excellence in modern and iconic style. From Yves Saint Laurent’s revolutionary and enduringly popular tuxedo suit for women, le smoking, to iconic art-inspired creations, from Mondrian dresses to precious Van Gogh embroidery and the famous Ballets Russes collection, the house’s haute couture line has been hugely influential in changing the way modern women dress. This definitive publication opens with a concise history of the house before exploring the collections themselves, organized chronologically and ending in 2002, the year that Yves Saint Laurent retired from the company he started.
Each collection is introduced by a short text elucidating its influences and highlights and is illustrated with carefully curated catwalk images, each season styled as the designer intended and worn by the world’s top models. The book showcases hundreds of spectacular clothes, details, accessories, beauty looks, and set designs.
The Complete CollectionsPatrick Mauriès, Adélia Sabatini
“Chanel fans rejoice. . . . As glamorous and chic as you’d expect.”—The Observer (on the first edition)
This fully revised edition of the first overview of Karl Lagerfeld’s (1933–2019) Chanel creations maintains every exceptional detail of the first edition. Images of key looks and short informative texts bring to life each season—now with 22 new collections, including Lagerfeld’s final show for the house and the work of his successor, Virginie Viard. Beautifully produced, this book will stand as the ultimate reference on Lagerfeld’s iconic Chanel looks and serve as a lasting tribute to one of the most talented and influential fashion designers in history.
Opening with an introductory essay about Lagerfeld and his vision for Chanel, the book explores the collections chronologically, revealing the designer’s inspired reinvention of classic Chanel style elements from season to season. Each collection is illustrated with a curated selection of catwalk images (filled with photos of top fashion models, including Cara Delevingne, Linda Evangelista, Kate Moss, and Claudia Schiffer), showcasing hundreds of spectacular clothes, from luxurious haute couture to trendsetting ready-to-wear, accessories, beauty looks, and set designs.
The Complete CollectionsAlexander Fury
“The only reason I’m in fashion is to destroy the word ‘conformity,’” Vivienne Westwood (b. 1941) declared early in her career. With her provocative synthesis of historic British fashion, classic painting aesthetics, and punk culture, the British designer has continuously revolutionized the fashion industry since her first catwalk collection, “Pirate,” debuted in 1981.
Opening with a concise history of the house and brief biographical profiles of Westwood and her longtime collaborator Andreas Kronthaler, this spectacular volume—the seventh in the celebrated Catwalk series—documents all of Westwood’s catwalk collections from 1981 to today. Short texts illuminating each collection’s highlights and influences are accompanied by carefully curated catwalk photographs showcasing hundreds of clothing ensembles, accessories, beauty looks, and set designs, along with the top fashion models who walked the runway, including Kate Moss and Naomi Campbell. With an extensive reference section, this lavishly illustrated volume provides unrivalled insight into one of the most thought-provoking and influential fashion designers in the world.
The Complete Fashion CollectionsJo Ellison, Louise Rytter
“[A] stylish coffee table book . . . to liven up your living space.”—Lauren Eggertsen, Who What Wear
Founded as a luxury leather goods house in 1854, Louis Vuitton was for many decades one of the world’s leading trunk and accessories makers. It was through the launch of its first fashion collections, however, that the house reached unprecedented fame, becoming one of the most influential and valuable luxury brands in the world. This definitive publication is the first to provide an overview of Louis Vuitton’s influential designs.
It opens with a concise history of the house, followed by brief profiles of designers Marc Jacobs and Nicolas Ghesquière, before exploring the collections themselves. Organized chronologically, each collection is introduced by a short text unveiling its influences and highlights, illustrated with carefully curated catwalk images. The volume showcases hundreds of spectacular clothes, details, accessories, beauty looks, and set designs—and, of course, the top fashion models who wore them on the runway.
An essential book for anyone interested in fashion, Louis Vuitton offers a complete and unrivaled picture of the collections of the world’s top fashion house through original catwalk photography.