Valentino. Thirty Years of Magic

Valentino. Thirty Years of Magic
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Marie Paule Pellé & Patrick Mauriès.

New York. Abbeville Press. 1990. First edition. Red cloth-bound hardback, dust jacket. 331 pages. Profusely illustrated throughout with colour and b&w photographs, and sketches. 340 x 255mm (13½ x 10"). 2.6kg. 1558592377. English. Near fine; some slight shelf wear to the dust jacket, otherwise excellent.

Celebrating 30 years of the fashion house, this book unveils the life and career of the greatest living Italian couturier. It encompasses the universe of Valentino, including all of his fabulous clothes, objects and furnishings. The book is organised around a series of themes such as Red, Flowers, Black and White, Polka Dots, Applied Arts, Zoo, White, Folk, Fragments of Elegance and Divines. Many images were taken especially for the book, but there is also a vast amount of archival photographs taken by the likes of Helmut Newton, Irving Penn, Giovanni Gastel, Oliviero Toscani, Mario Testino, Dominique Issermann, Steven Meisel, etc. The models include Linda Evangelista to Christy Turlington and Jacqueline Onassis to Elizabeth Taylor. The book concludes with a visual history composed of sketches representing the different collections over Valentino's career.