Fashion masterpieces

Defining designers of the 20th and 21st centuries and their most remarkable works

From Azzedine Alaïa, Cristóbal Balenciaga, and Coco Chanel, to Alexander McQueen, Yves Saint Laurent, and Vivienne Westwood, a century’s worth of fashion greats from the permanent collection of The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology are celebrated in this limited-edition volume. Photographs of over 500 garments selected from the Museum’s permanent collection illuminate each of the featured designers, while texts by the curators explain why each designer is important in fashion history and what is special about the individual pieces featured. In her introductory essay, director and chief curator Valerie Steele writes about the rise of the fashion museum, and the emergence of the fashion exhibition as a popular and controversial phenomenon; and both Steele and contributor Suzy Menkes provide a history of this museum’s role in the world of fashion scholarship and preservation.

Fashion Designers A–Z is available as a series of six Designer Editions. Each edition (a total of 11,000 copies) is bound in a fabric created by one of six designers—Akris, Etro, Stella McCartney, Missoni, Prada, and Diane von Furstenberg—and comes in a Plexiglas box. Crafted by hand at a bindery in the heart of Italy, and stamped with a unique number, every copy is an instant classic, and an addition to your fashion library that is truly one-of-a-kind.

Paisley: it’s practically synonymous with the Etro name, and the five Paisley motifs selected by Veronica Etro for the Etro Edition of 2,000 numbered copies are classic examples. For decades the company has explored and reinterpreted the classic droplet-shaped vegetable decoration, rich in history and meanings, through experimentation and technology, drawing from the past into the present with timeless international style. Orders placed online will be fulfilled with one of the pictured Etro fabrics.

The editor and author:
Valerie Steele is director and chief curator of The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology and founding editor of Fashion Theory. Described in The Washington Post as one of “fashion’s brainiest women,” Steele combines serious scholarship (and a Yale Ph.D.) with a rare ability to communicate with general audiences. As author, curator, editor, and public intellectual, Steele has been instrumental in creating the modern field of fashion studies.

The contributing author:
Undisputed doyenne of the international fashion press, Suzy Menkes is head fashion editor of the International Herald Tribune. Among the world's most influential fashion critics, she is an officer of the Order of the British Empire as well as a chevalier of the Légion d'Honneur. She lives and works in Paris.
Fashion Designers A-Z. Etro Edition (XL-Format)

Fashion Designers A-Z. Etro Edition

Valerie Steele, et al., Suzy Menkes
Hardcover in acrylic slipcase, 10.3 x 13.2 in., 654 pages
$ 350
Multilingual Edition: English, French, German
Availability: In Stock
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“A who’s who of style royalty.”
— Stylist, London, United Kingdom
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Fashion Designers A-Z. Akris Edition (XL-Format)
Fashion Designers A-Z. Akris Edition
Hardcover in acrylic slipcase, 10.3 x 13.2 in., 654 pages
$ 350

Defining designers of the 20th and 21st centuries and their most remarkable works. Limited edition of 2,000 copies
Fashion Designers A-Z. Stella McCartney Edition (XL-Format)
Fashion Designers A-Z. Stella McCartney Edition
Hardcover in acrylic slipcase, 10.3 x 13.2 in., 654 pages
$ 350

Defining designers of the 20th and 21st centuries and their most remarkable works. Limited edition of 2,000 copies