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, complemented by 110 drawn portraits by Robert Nippoldt. 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.For the Prada Edition of 2,000 numbered copies, Miuccia Prada selected four classic prints from previous collections and reprinted them on cotton: the tiny feminine “hearts,” the Baroque-inspired “bananas,” the geometrically abstract “diamonds,” and a floral reissued for Prada from the 1960 Holliday & Brown archives.
Orders placed online will be fulfilled with one of the pictured Prada fabrics.