Synopses & Reviews
'Dubbed the enfant terrible of fashion ever since his prêt-à-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 in conjunction with the first-ever retrospective on Gaultier, organized by the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, this stunning monograph 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.
Packed with rare and unpublished images (archival and fashion-show photographs), this luxurious volume includes many interviews with artists (Dita von Teese, Kylie Minogue, Madonna, Catherine Deneuve, Marion Cotillard, Pedro Almodóvar, and others), Gaultier\'s close associates (Martin Margiela, the head of Gaultier\'s studio, and others), and personalities (Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, Inès de la Fressange, Polly Mellen, and others), as well as an essay by one of the fashion world\'s most influential figures, fashion editor Suzy Menkes. It also features interviews between Gaultier and each of the exhibition curators, and an expanded and illustrated biography with all his collections. The Fashion Universe of Jean Paul Gaultier is a fitting and much-deserved tribute to a grand couturier, and a reference book on fashion.'
One of the most distinctive and influential designers of the second half of the twentieth century, Yves Saint Laurent takes his place in the pantheon of French couturiers, alongside Coco Chanel, Christian Dior, and Jeanne Lanvin. Yves Saint Laurent
, the first comprehensive retrospective of his lifeand#8217;s work, will accompany an exhibition of some 250 garments from the collection of the Fondation Pierre Bergand#233;and#150;Yves Saint Laurent at the Petit Palais in Paris.
From his early days working under Dior and heading the House of Dior after his mentorand#8217;s death, to the opening of his first prand#234;t a porter shop on the Rive Gauche and the debut of the Le Smoking tuxedo, to the muses he adored, Loulou de la Falaise and Catherine Deneuve among them, this volume reveals the breadth and scope of the designerand#8217;s entire career. With a preface by Pierre Bergand#233;, author Faride Chenoune explores the sources of inspiration that drove Saint Laurentand#8217;s continuous innovation, drawing upon painting, sculpture, theater, opera, literature, and cinema.
"The Yves Saint Laurent exhibition was held at the Petit Palais/Musee des Beaux-Arts de la Ville de Paris, March 11-August 29, 2010."--P. 
The couture wedding gownandmdash;a fashion showandrsquo;s grand finaleandmdash;marks the pinnacle of a designerandrsquo;s creativity for the season. Consequently, these dresses offer particular insight into the designerandrsquo;s creative process. Couture Wedding Gowns
presents a collection of extraordinary dresses designed by some of the most respected designers from the 20th century to today. Profiling designers from Alexander McQueen to Zuhair Murad, Marie Bariller reveals what the wedding gown represents for each of them. With exclusive interviews, in-depth analysis, and detailed descriptions of the signature dresses accompanied by lavish photography and hand-drawn illustrations, the book lifts the veil on some of the most beautiful gowns ever made while offering insight into the artistic vision of their creators.
Originally born in Algeria, Yves Saint Laurent moved to Paris when he was 18, and only three years later he was handpicked by Christian Dior to take the reins as designer of his fashion house. Over time, Saint Laurent resur- rected haute couture from the casual mores that predominated in the 1960s, but also offered chic cachet to ready-to-wear clothing. He was among the earliest of designers to incorporate non- European references into his work, and in 1983 he became the first living designer to be feted with a solo exhibition at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Vogue on Yves Saint Laurent is a stellar volume in the series from the editors of British Vogue, featuring 20,000 words of original biography and history and studded with more than 80 images from their unique archive of images taken by leading photographers.
About the Author
is a fashion historian and author of several books, including A History of Men's Fashion
and Beneath It All: A Century of French Lingerie
, as well as a contributor to French Vogue
. He lives in Paris.
Florence Mand#252;ller has written many books and catalogues and organized several exhibitions on fashion history and the phenomenon of contemporary fashion. She teaches these subjects at the Institut franand#231;ais de la Mode. She worked as UFAC Director and Curator at the Musand#233;e des Arts de la Mode, Paris. Among other titles, she has published Costume Jewelry for Haute Couture and Art and Fashion.and#160;