Synopses & Reviews
and#8220;Made in Italyand#8221; is an internationally recognized mark of style. From the 1940s to the present day, Italyand#8217;s fashion achievementsand#8212;haute couture design and innovative ready-to-wear, artisanal leather and fur production, high-end textiles, knitwear, and fine tailoringand#8212;are undeniable. Featuring designers and labels of the highest caliber alongside bespoke tailors and ready-to-wear menswear specialists, this book offers an unparalleled look at the inspiration, marketing, skill, and craftsmanship behind the finest Italian labels. Specially commissioned essays are paired with stunning fashion photography, archival material, and previously unseen objects from private collections to illuminate the secrets of Italyand#8217;s la bella moda.
This unique and groundbreaking book presents dynamic photographs of 60 years of British ballgowns and includes designs by Alexander McQueen, Bellville Sassoon, Erdem, Gareth Pugh, Stella McCartney, and Zandra Rhodes. Britainand#8217;s traditional season of debutante parties, private balls, weddings, and charity events has long provided fashion designers with opportunities to create elaborate, tour-de-force eveningwear; in more recent years, the ballroom has been replaced by the red carpet. Though the context has changed, the ballgown remains a staple in many designersand#8217; collections and continues to serve as an expression of status, protocol, and taste, while simultaneously embodying elements of drama and fantasy.
About the Author
Sonnet Stanfill is a curator of 20th-century and contemporary fashion at the VandA. She curated a number of exhibitions over the last decade and has edited the accompanying publications.