The Great Fashion Designers

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Berg, Nov 15, 2009 - Design - 260 pages
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From Charles Frederick Worth to Nicolas Ghesquière, designers have propelled fashion from an elite craft into a cornerstone of contemporary popular culture. This brilliantly written analysis of the achievements of the 50 greatest names in international fashion explores their lives, both personal and professional, drawing on the latest academic research and on the best of fashion journalism, including the authors' own interviews with designers spanning a 30-year period.The designers' working methods and career highlights are outlined in detailed and wittily written entries that capture the spirit of their times. From Poiret and Patou to Gernreich and Galliano, the sometimes provocative selection of 50 names poses stimulating questions about the definition of a fashion designer in the modern era. A ground-breaking book, this is a definitive introduction to fashion designers that is essential reading for both students and general readers alike.

 

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Contents

INTRODUCTION
1
PART 1 Early Days
4
Introduction
7
1 CHARLES FREDERICK WORTH 18251895
9
2 CALLOT SOEURS 18951937
13
3 JEANNE PAQUIN 18691936
17
4 PAUL POIRET 18791944
21
PART 2 1910s1930s
23
25 ANDRÉ COURRÈGES 1923
122
26 VALENTINO 1932
129
27 KARL LAGERFELD 1938
133
28 HALSTON 19321990
136
29 KENZO 1939
140
30 RALPH LAUREN 1939
144
31 ISSEY MIYAKE 1935
151
32 GEOFFREY BEENE 19272004
155

5 MARIANO FORTUNY 18711949
25
Introduction
30
6 JEANNE LANVIN 18671946
35
7 GABRIELLE CHANEL 18831971
39
8 JEAN PATOU 18801936
43
9 MADELEINE VIONNET 18761975
47
10 ELSA SCHIAPARELLI 18901973
51
11 MAINBOCHER 18901976
55
12 ADRIAN 19031959
58
13 SALVATORE FERRAGAMO 18981960
62
14 MADAME ALIX GRÈS 19031993
67
PART 3 1940s1950s
71
Introduction
73
15 CRISTOBAL BALENCIAGA 18951972
77
16 CHRISTIAN DIOR 19051957
83
17 CHARLES JAMES 19061978
87
18 CLAIRE MCCARDELL 19051958
90
19 HUBERT DE GIVENCHY 1927
95
20 PIERRE CARDIN 1922
98
21 MARY QUANT 1934
102
22 RUDI GERNREICH 19221985
106
PART 4 1960s1970s
111
Introduction
113
23 NORMAN NORELL 19001972
115
24 YVES SAINT LAURENT 19362008
118
33 CALVIN KLEIN 1942
161
34 GIORGIO ARMANI 1934
167
PART 5 1980s
171
Introduction
173
35 REI KAWAKUBO 1942
175
36 YOHJI YAMAMOTO 1943
179
37 VIVIENNE WESTWOOD 1941
183
38 PAUL SMITH 1946
187
39 AZZEDINE ALAIA c 1940
190
40 GIANNI VERSACE 19461997
195
41 JEAN PAUL GAULTIER 1952
200
42 DOLCE GABBANA DOMENICO DOLCE 1958 STEFANO GABBANA 1962
205
43 JOHN GALLIANO 1960
211
44 DONNA KARAN 1948
214
PART 6 1990s
219
Introduction
221
45 MIUCCIA PRADA 1949
225
46 MARTIN MARGIELA 1959
228
47 MARC JACOBS 1963
234
48 TOM FORD 1962
238
49 ALEXANDER MCQUEEN 1969
242
50 NICOLAS GHESQUIÈRE 1971
247
ILLUSTRATIONS
251
BIBLIOGRAPHY
253
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Brenda Polan is currently Director of Programs (Fashion Media) at the London College of Fashion, London. She is well-known as a journalist. Her writing on journalism on fashion, style, design and lifestyle has appeared in a range of newspapers and magazines including: The Guardian, The Independent on Sunday, The Financial Times, Harpers and Queen and Good Housekeeping.
Roger Tredre has had a distinguished career in fashion journalism working as a fashion correspondent for The Independent, The Independent on Sunday and The Observer. He is currently an associate lecturer in fashion journalism at Central St. Martins School of Art and Design.

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