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Anna Piaggi. Foreword by Karl Lagerfeld. New York. Weidenfeld & Nicolson. 1986. First American edition. Hardback, dust jacket. 224 pages. Profusely illustrated throughout with colour reproductions of Lagerfeld's sketches. 31 x 235mm (1¼ x 9¼"). 1.7kg. English. Very good; light shelf wear to the dust jacket with a small nick to lower edge; internally clean with no marks or inscriptions.'Lagerfeld's sketchbook is a personal illustrative tribute to Anna Piaggi [former fashion editor of Italian Vogue]. A brilliant fashion editor, an arbiter of taste and design, and one of the most original personalities of the modern fashion world, she has developed a unique mode of dressing. Drawing on the past as well as the present, she consistently invents her own costumes: possibly a cloak from the 1920s by Poiret combined with a warrior's tunic from Benin, or a French pharmacist's overall worn as a party dress. The result is always utterly original, often intensely dramatic, and occasionally flamboyantly theatrical.These never-before-published watercolors and pen-and-ink sketches, with their uncanny depiction of detail and their ability to convey the effect of an entire outfit, give clues to Lagerfeld's own designing methods and proved an endlessly fascinating diary of dress. Made over a period of 12 years, they reveal Lagerfeld's extraordinary skills as a draftsman.' (from the blurb).