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Selected Resources Inspired By Fashion Week

Greenwich, CT September 14th, 2017

Learn more about the world of art and fashion by exploring The Brant Foundation’s selected resources inspired by Fashion Week  (September 7 – 13, 2017).  This selection includes books about designers and artists such as Patrick DeMarchelier, Richard Avedon, Azzedine Alaia, Yves Saint Laurent, and many more.

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Alaia (Memoire)

Hardcover – September 1, 2006

By Francois Baudot (Author)

The creations of Azzedine Alaia are considered by many to be the sexiest, trendiest, and most utterly original clothes produced by any contemporary designer. Alaia’s talent and reputation, spread largely by word of mouth, has won him the adoration of an extraordinary suite of faithful clients, among them Naomi Campbell, Tina Turner, and Jessye Norman. Here the story of the young designer is told with flair and intelligence and is lushly illustrated with top-echelon photography of Alaia’s signature creations – in all their exuberance and sensuality.

Avedon/Warhol

Paperback – March 29, 2016

By Mark Francis (Author), John Richardson (Author), Larry Gagosian (Introduction), Michael Bracewell (Contributor), Ara Merjian (Contributor)

“My camera and I, together we have the power to confer or to take away.”
–Richard Avedon

“They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself.”
–Andy Warhol

Artists Richard Avedon (1923–2004) and Andy Warhol (1928–1987) came to prominence in a time of profound change around the world. Amid that political and social upheaval, both men became renowned for their work, elucidating themes of portraiture, celebrity, gender, politics, and religion. Avedon brought the personality of the sitter to the forefront, revealing his subjects’ inner selves. Warhol created por- traits and images that were emotionally opaque, glamorous and impersonal.

Avedon and Warhol knew one another, and each had an abiding belief in the power of the image to seduce, amuse, and shock . They created original visions of the world around them, becoming two of the most influential artists of the 20th century.

This book, published by Gagosian Gallery, accompanies an exhibition at Gagosian, Britannia Street, London, Feb 9-April 23, 2016.

Yves Saint Laurent: A Visionary

Hardcover – January 30, 2013

Fondation Pierre Berge Yves Saint Laurent

Published on the occasion of the solo exhibition devoted to Yves Saint Laurent at the ING Cultural Center on Place Royale in Brussels.

Forward by Ralph Hamers (Chief Executive Officer of ING Belgium)

Introduction and Texts by Florence Muller (Curator of the Exhibition)

Yves Saint Laurent (August 1936 – June 2008) was a French fashion designer and is regarded as being among the foremost fashion designers in the twentieth century.  In 1985, Caroline Rennolds Milbank wrote, “The most consistently celebrated and influential designer of the past twenty-five years, Yves Saint Laurent can be credited with both spurring the couture’s rise from its sixties ashes and with finally rendering ready-to-wear reputable.”

Patrick Demarchelier

Paperback – October 31, 2009

By Patrick Demarchelier

This monograph is the definitive guide to the career of one of the most prodigious fashion photographers of our time. From his earliest work at Harper’s Bazaar to his now mythic collaboration with Vogue, Patrick Demarchelier has single-handedly redefined the fashion photograph and the fashion industry along with it. His celebrity portraits have shaped the public personae of figures ranging from Princess Diana to Madonna. Demarchelier is everywhere at once, with a photographic sensibility that is as iconic, incisive and as varied as his subject matter. Published to coincide with the exhibition Patrick Demarchelier: Images et Mode à Paris at the Petit Palais, Paris, and featuring more than 400 of Demarchelier’s most telling photographs, this volume provides an invaluable fashion reference point, all the while charting the course of our own cultural obsession with celebrity and beauty. All proceeds go to the charity Police–Action Solidaire.

Born outside Paris in 1943, Patrick Demarchelier relocated to New York in 1975, where he began his editorial career with Harper’s Bazaar and Hearst Publications. His photographs appear regularly on the covers and in the pages of publications such as Vogue and Vanity Fair, among many others. He was the 2007 recipient of the Eleanor Lambert Award from the Council of Fashion Designers of America. He continues to live and work in New York.

Greta Garbo: The Mystery of Style

Hardcover – March 25, 2014

By Stefania Ricci(Editor)

The never-before-published wardrobe of a timeless star, for lovers of fashion, photography and film history. Greta Garbo’s influence over fashion has transcended time. Her dresses, suits, impeccably-tailored coats with a slightly masculine look and the indispensable accessories (shoes, bags, glasses, foulards) has created a style emulated, imitated, even occasionally reviled, but never fully examined. For the first time a catalogue of great glamour and a travelling exhibition detail this extraordinary wardrobe whose minimalism fits so well with current fashion trends. Edited by Stefania Ricci, the Director of Museo Salvatore Ferragamo in Florence, as the Divine Greta Garbo was a Ferragamo client from the 1920s until her death, and the founder of the Italian maison designed hundreds of original, classical, futuristic, hand-made shoes and sandals exclusively for her, most of them shown here for the first time. A stunning selection of black and white Garbo portraits by celebrated photographers completes the volume.

The Cartier Collection: Jewelry

Hardcover – November 21, 2004

By Francois Chaille (Author)

This sumptuous collector’s volume showcases, at actual size, over 600 objects and drawings from Cartier’s vast archives-many for the first time. The text recounts how this collection of over 1,200 items, dating from the 1860s to the present, was formed; explains the antique jewelry market; and imparts the artistic genius that places Cartier among the world’s premier jewelers. Devoted to fine jewelry, this book presents pieces that were designed for the Duchess of Windsor, Daisy Fellowes, and Barbara Hutton alongside the Maharadjah of Patiala’s recently restored necklace that once contained the famous De Beers diamond. Fascinating stories and complete technical details present Cartier’s most artful creations, from glittering tiaras to pieces from the famous “bestiary” of panthers, dragons, chimera, birds, and crocodiles, as well as rare brooches, necklaces, and bracelets.

 

Salvatore Ferragamo: Inspiration and Vision

Paperback – September 18, 2012

By Sergio Risaliti (Author)

Stefania Ricci is the director of the Museo Ferragamo in Florence. Sergio Risaliti is an art critic and an author.

A journey in search of the sources of Salvatore Ferragamo’s creativity. This beautiful catalog is a journey in search of the sources of Salvatore Ferragamo’s creativity and his ability to assimilate the spirit of the times.

The Rudi Gernreich Book

Hardcover – November 15, 1991

By Peggy Moffit (Author), William Claxton

Rudolf “Rudi” Gernreich (August 8, 1922 – April 21, 1985) was an Austrian-born American fashion designer whose avant-garde clothing designs are generally regarded as the most innovative and dynamic fashion of the 1960s. He purposefully used fashion design as a social statement to advance sexual freedom, producing clothes that followed the natural form of the female body, freeing them from the constraints of high fashion.

Versace: The Naked and the Dressed: 20 Years of Versace by Avedon

Hardcover – October 27, 1998

By Richard Avedon (Photographer), Gianni Versace (Principal)

This book is almost completely full-bleed photographs taken by Richard Avedon of the Versace collections. The book is divided into 8 sections, by themes: Remembrance of Flings Past; Lust & Found; That Obscure Object of Desire; Gathering Moss; Rocks and Other Hard Places; The Way of All Mesh; Look Homeward Angel; and A Quick Stitch in Time.