With Text by Diana Vreeland. Photographs by Irving Penn.
Thames and Hudson. London. 1977. First edition. British edition. Hardback; oatmeal cloth-bound boards, dust jacket. 96 pages. With 70 b&w full-page photographs. English. 270 x 270mm. 0.85kg. 0500011591. Very good, in very good dust jacket; light shelf wear, slight marks and yellowing to white rear jacket, vertical crease to front inner flap.
This striking series of photographs by Iriving Penn was inspired by the exhibition The 10s, 20s, 30s at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in 1973, curated by Diana Vreeland. The clothes in the exhibition were so exquisite in their detail and richness that Penn felt compelled to photograph them and produce a book of his images. A studio was erected for him in The Met and the clothes were placed upon a mannequin. The resulting images bear the hallmark of Penn's finest studio portraits, but here the clothes, rather than the person, are the subject. Vreeland herself provides the commentary on the designers (Poiret, Vionnet, Alix, les Callot, Molyneux, Paquin, Chanel and Schiaparelli) and on the developments in dress during this period.