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Valentina: American Couture and the Cult of Celebrity

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Valentina was the twentieth centurys first American fashion designer celebrity, working and living on equal social footing with the clientele she dressed (Greta Garbo, Gloria Swanson, Katharine Hepburn, Millicent Rogers, and Audrey Hepburn, among others). One of the few designers who proved that America could live without the Parisian haute couture, her career is a much needed missing link in the history of American fashion. Beyond merely turning out show-stopping evening gowns, Valentinas exotic beauty, dramatic personality, and incomparable style earned her a legendary reputation. Kohle Yohannan explores the carefully constructed persona and lore of this designer who helped define American Couture. Published in association with the Museum of the City of New Yorks exhibition Valentina: New York Couture and the Cult of Celebrity, this book includes photographs, never-before-seen personal ephemera, sketches, and original platinum prints from master photographers such as Cecil Beaton, Horst P. Horst, and George Hoyningen-Huene.

About the Author

Kohle Yohannan is an art and design historian, and the author of several books. Harold Koda is curator-in-charge of the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Exhibition Schedule: Museum of the City of New York, opens February 14, 2009

Product Details

ISBN:
9780847830831
Subtitle:
American Couture and the Cult of Celebrity
Author:
Yohannan, Kohle
Introduction:
Koda, Harold
Foreword:
Koda, Harold
Author:
Koda, Harold
Publisher:
Rizzoli
Subject:
Fashion
Subject:
American - General
Subject:
Individual Artists - Monographs
Subject:
General-General
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20090217
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
250 COLOR and B/W PHOTOS
Pages:
280
Dimensions:
12.5 x 10.08 x 1.3 in 4.68 lb

Related Subjects

Arts and Entertainment » Architecture » General
Arts and Entertainment » Architecture » Types
Hobbies, Crafts, and Leisure » Beauty and Fashion » Fashion » Designers
Hobbies, Crafts, and Leisure » Beauty and Fashion » Fashion » General and Costumes
Hobbies, Crafts, and Leisure » Beauty and Fashion » Fashion » Oversize
Home and Garden » Interior Design » General

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