Thursday, 22 December 2016

Versace By Donatella Versace Book

A long-awaited and highly intimate visual history of Versace, the glamorous and globally renowned Italian fashion house. Versace—a name that epitomizes Italian opulence, bold sexiness, and a flair for the extravagant—holds its place firmly in the fashion world as a legendary and iconic luxury brand. Taking over the creative artistic direction of the family-run fashion house in 1997, the enigmatic and alluring Donatella Versace has since catapulted the brand into popular culture, cementing Versace as a go-to label for A-list celebrities. 

This richly illustrated tome chronicles Donatella’s interpretation of Versace in the twenty-first century and her remarkable work as the curator and face of Versace. Versace includes exclusive contemporary and archival imagery from runway and backstage shots to intimate scenes at the Versace atelier, with accompanying original essays penned by fashion’s most authoritative voices. Featuring arresting photography by Richard Avedon, Irving Penn, and Steven Meisel, among many others; images of Versace fashions modeled by the original "supers," such as Christy Turlington, Naomi Campbell, and Linda Evangelista; and red-carpet coverage of Hollywood’s elite wearing dazzling Versace couture, this glittering volume delivers the magnetic vibrancy, supreme luxury, and glamour quotient that define Versace.

I read an interview with Donatella where she talked about young designers.

I love to meet young designers just when they are graduating, to see how they grow. But it’s not just the young designers that you’ve heard about. I love to work with young designers in my design studio in Milan. Young graduates come from design colleges around the world to work in my studio, and to share their passion, energy, and creativity. In fashion, there are the designers that are famous, but there are also many more behind the scenes, who make fashion what it is today. Many designers never want their own label—they want to work behind the scenes. Their contribution is crucial at every single fashion house.”

Which made me sad when it was announced that Zayn Malik (the famous and highly respected young graduate fashion designer) was to create the Versus collection for Versace next year. Rather than employing one of the fashion graduates she meets who might actually have some fashion talent.

Versace By Donatella Versace Book. £60.00 at Versace & Amazon.

$57.16 at Amazon US.

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