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Fashion Designers A–Z. Updated 2020 Edition

Hardcover10.3 x 13.2 in.9.10 lb720 pages80Edition: English, French, German Availability: In Stock
From Coco Chanel to Alexander McQueen, take in over a century’s worth of fashion greats. This updated edition includes 15 new labels and shows some 500 garments in the permanent collection of The Museum at FIT in New York City. Museum director Valerie Steele and fashion legend Suzy Menkes provide comment, with portraits by Robert Nippoldt.
Fashion Designers A–Z. Updated 2020 Edition

Fashion Designers A–Z. Updated 2020 Edition


Fashion Masterclass

Defining design of the 20th and 21st centuries

From Azzedine Alaïa, Cristóbal Balenciaga, and Coco Chanel to Alexander McQueen, Yves Saint Laurent, and Vivienne Westwood, more than a century’s worth of fashion greats from the permanent collection of The Museum at FIT in New York City are celebrated in this fresh edition of Fashion Designers A–Z.

15 new names join the ranks of the industry’s most admired—Phoebe Philo, Patrick Kelly, and Sonia Rykiel, to name a few—in this updated and expanded release showcasing some 500 garments in the Museum’s permanent collection. From an exquisitely embroidered velvet evening gown to Mondrian-influenced minimalist chic, each piece has been selected and photographed not only for its beauty, but for its representative value, distilling the unique philosophy and aesthetics of each of the featured designers.

In her introductory essay, the Museum’s 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. International style authority Suzy Menkes contributes a foreword, texts by the museum’s curators shine historical light on each label and garment pictured, and 125 drawn portraits by artist Robert Nippoldt pay homage to the creators behind them.
The illustrator

Robert Nippoldt is a German graphic designer, illustrator, and book artist. He is best known for his award-winning books Gangster, Jazz and Hollywood about America in the 1920s and 1930s. His studio is located at the very hip old depot of Muenster.

The contributing author

Unquestionably a leader in the global fashion press, Suzy Menkes is International Vogue Editor at Condé Nast International. Her work appears on the websites of 23 international editions of Vogue in 16 languages. She is also a leading Instagram influencer. 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 London and Paris. @SuzyMenkesVogue

The editors

Colleen Hill is curator of costume and accessories at The Museum at FIT. Since joining MFIT in 2006, Colleen has curated or co-curated more than a dozen exhibitions, including Ravishing: The Rose in Fashion, Fairy Tale Fashion, and the forthcoming Reinvention and Restlessness: Fashion in the 90s. She has authored or co-authored seven books on fashion and contributed to numerous other publications.

Valerie Steele is director and chief curator of The Museum at FIT and founding editor of Fashion Theory. Described in The Washington Post as one of “fashion’s brainiest women” and by Suzy Menkes as “the Freud of fashion,” 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.

Fashion Designers A–Z. Updated 2020 Edition
Hardcover26.2 x 33.6 cm4.13 kg720 pages

ISBN 978-3-8365-7882-0

Edition: English, French, German



3 Ratings

Wonderful reference

Alice,October 27, 2021
A great cross-section of contemporary fashion icons. Beautifully photographed and printed with invaluable insights into the creation of the designs.

Moderecherche Must

Elisabeth,October 29, 2021
Eine Bereicherung für jeden Modeenthusiasten und -sammler. Gibt aber auch als Coffe-Table Book eine ausnehmend attraktive Figur ab!

Must-Have für Modebegeisterte

Susa,October 27, 2021
Wunderschön großformatiger Bildband mit spektakulären Kreationen aus den Archiven bekannter Modehäuser. Ein Eyecatcher auch für den Coffeetable!