André Leon Talley.
Milano. Franco Maria Ricci. 1982. First edition. No. 2653 of a limited edition of 6000 copies. Silk-bound hardback, with tipped-on colour plate and gilt titles to front and spine, housed in black-cloth clam-shell-box, with black patterned-paper to front and back. 207 pages on grey heavy stock. Illustrated throughout with tipped-in colour plates and colour reproductions of sketches. 370 x 255mm (14˝ x 10"). 1.2kg. . Italian with an English translation. Near fine; small area of faint surface wear to front of box; book is very well-preserved.
A beautifully produced monograph, worthy of the great fashion designer himself. André Leon Talley's text paints a lively and informative picture of the Italian couturier. He reviews Valentino's career and the huge impact he has made on fashion design. The book is extensively illustrated with tipped-in photographs of the clothes as well as many reproductions of original sketches by Valentino and others (such as Antonio Lopez), and atelier watercolours.