Zurich. Swiss National Museum and Scheidegger & Spiess. 2010. English language edition. 2 volumes. Hardbacks, in card slipcase. 424 pages. 556 colour and 88 b&w illustrations. 340 x 250mm (13½ x 9¾"). 3.2kg. 9783858817259. English, with some German. Near Fine.
'Textiles are one of Switzerland’s oldest industries, and one of the biggest names in Switzerland’s silk trade has been Abraham Ltd. Soie Pirate draws from the vast archives that are now kept at the Swiss National Museum in Zürich to document the fascinating history of this influential enterprise. The first volume tells the firm’s story, from 1878, when Jakob Abraham became a partner in the Zürich-based business Königsberger, Rüdenberg & Co., to 1943, when Gustav Zumsteg became a partner, through the company’s mid-twentieth-century heyday, and finally to 2002, the year Abraham Ltd. ceased operations. Along the way, readers are introduced to a host of fascinating people, including Zumsteg’s mother, Hulda Zumsteg, who ran the legendary Kronenhalle restaurant in downtown Zürich. The second volume presents illustrations of the designs, patterns, and samples of the fabrics produced by Abraham Ltd. but also images of the elegant dresses created from their fabrics—dresses from such couturiers as Cristobál Balenciaga, Coco Chanel, Christian Dior, Hubert de Givency, Yves Saint Laurent, and Emanuel Ungaro. The volumes are illustrated with more than five hundred color and black-and-white images, and together they bring to life a chapter in the history of fashion worldwide.' (from the publisher's description).