Marie-France Pochna. Photographs by Patricia Canino.
Paris. Editions du Regard. 1992. English language edition. Hardback, dust jacket. 248 pages. Profusely illustrated in colour and b&w, with many full-page plates. 330 x 250mm (13 x 9¾"). 2.2kg. 2903370788. English. Fine.
The essential monograph on Maria "Nina" Ricci (1883-1970) founder of the eponymous Parisian couture house, Nina Ricci. The book examines Ricci's rise from dressmaker to head designer of her own fashion house. Whilst her son Robert covered the business side of things, Ricci created the most beautiful couture outfits that had a romantic and feminine delicacy to them. Throughout the 1930s and 40s her name was synonymous with grace and elegance. The clothes she created are photographed in detail here and are seen in archival photographs and drawings. The book also covers the history of the company after Ricci's retirement in 1954 up until 1992.