Diana Vreeland. Essays by Yvonne Deslandres & Mitsukuni Yoshida. Designer profiles by Stella Blum. Photographs by Hideoki.
Kyoto. Kyoto Chamber of Commerce & Industry. 1975. First edition. 'Limited Edition - Not For Sale'. Shocking-pink cloth hardback with gilt decorative title, housed in red buckram slipcase. 263 pages. C. 150 large colour and b&w photographic plates showing the clothes from the exhibition on their mannequins. 390 x 260mm (15¼ x 10¼"). 2.9kg. . Japanese & English text. Fine; slight shelf wear to slipcase.
The limited edition catalogue produced in Japan for the ground-breaking 'Sources of Modern Clothing Exhibition - Inventive Clothes 1909-1939' organised by Diana Vreeland and held at The Costume Institute, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York and at The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto. The fashions exhibited were focused on Paris and covered the years of the Ballets Russes, the First World War, the Jazz Age and the dawn of the Second World War. The great Parisian couturiers are all covered - Paul Poiret, Callot Soeurs, Vionnet, Chanel, Schiaparelli - as well as there contemporaries - Patou, Louiseboulanger, Molyneux, Jeanne Hallee, Lenief, Paquin, Alix Gres. The clothes were exquisite and are beautifully illustrated in this book, shot with dramatic lighting on mannequins.
This catalogue is comprehensive and is a weightier companion to 'Inventive Paris Clothes 1909-1939. A Photographic Essay by Irving Penn', a book inspired by the exhibition and published in 1977.