Synopses & Reviews
Dubbed the enfant terrible of fashion ever since his prand#234;t-and#224;-porter collections were first shown in 1976, Jean Paul Gaultier, whose avant-garde and bold fashions very early on reflected the issues facing contemporary society, is one of the leading designers in recent decades.
Published by the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts and Abrams in conjunction with the first-ever retrospective on Gaultier, this stunning hardcover book in a slipcase explores the ties between the designer and the pop/rock music scene, film, and dance, and sheds light on his sources of inspiration, which are as eclectic as they are impertinent.
The first major monograph on Gaultier brings together archival documents and over fifty interviews with Gaultierand#8217;s muses and colleagues, as well as the artists he has created costumes for: Pedro Almodand#243;var, Catherine Deneuve, Madonna, Helen Mirren, Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, Martin Margiela, Pierre Cardin, Dita Von Teese, Marion Cotillard, Kylie Minogue, Polly Mellen, and Tom Ford, to name just a few.
It features many previously unpublished illustrations thanks to the collaboration of renowned fashion photographers and the Maison Jean Paul Gaultier. The publication also includes two interviews with Gaultier, one by Florence Mand#252;ller, art historian, and the other by Thierry-Maxime Loriot, as well as an interview with Valerie Steele, fashion historian and director of New Yorkand#8217;s Museum at Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT). An essay written by Suzy Menkes looks at Gaultierand#8217;s fashion shows and examines their visionary reflection of societyand#8217;s evolution over the past thirty-five years.
Le grand couturier Yves Saint Laurent has been challenging the fashion establishment for nearly half a century. One of the first to revolutionize street style with his 1960s "Beat Look" collection, and credited with the creation of the pantsuit -- his le smoking, a tuxedo tailored for women, provoked the androgynous movement in fashion -- Saint Laurent continues to produce sexy, vibrant lines. Now, the French television network Canal+ has documented the making of his Spring 2002 collection for its upcoming film, 5, avenue Marceau -- the address of his famed couture house.
This deluxe, definitive volume follows YSL through every stage of his preparations for his 2002 spring collections. Also included are never-before-published quotes from YSL as well as photographs from his early years and pages from his mother's scrapbook. The clippings are lovingly annotated in her own handwriting and illustrate a personal dedication to one of fashion's greatest talents.
About the Author
Thierry-Maxime Loriot, editor of the book, is the exhibition curator. Suzy Menkes, essay contributor, is journalist and fashion editor at the New York Times and the International Herald Tribune.