This month sees the launch of a limited set of books from Taschen, entitled ‘Fashion Designers A-Z’, a book that defines the most remarkable works of the most remarkable designers from the 20th and 21st Century. The books are available in designer editions, limited edition at that, with around 11,000 copies available. Each book is bound in a fabric created by some of the biggest names in fashion – Akris, Etro, Stella McCartney, Missoni, Prada and Diane von Furstenberg.
The books celebrate the works of those that make up the permanent collection of The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology. 500 of these said garments were photographed as part of this edition which illuminate the chosen designer, whilst the curator’s text explains why each designer holds semblance in fashion history and why the photographed piece is so iconic and special.
Valerie Steele, director and chief curator of The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology speaks of the growth of the museum and the relevance and emergence of the fashion exhibition and it’s impact on the fashion industry during her opening essay, whilst contributor and head fashion editor of the International Herald Tribune, Suzy Menkes speaks about the museum’s role in fashion scholarship and preservation.
We love the baroque inspired bananas that comprise of one of the four Prada covers, whilst the iconic zig-zag knits from Missoni are another favourite. Stella McCartney uses a neon abstract print from her Summer 2013 collection, one in a serene aqua palette, another inject a burnt orange into the mix.
These books are a wonderful retrospect, of a brilliant museum, showcasing iconic fashion designers and designs. At £250 these books a rare and limited collectors item, that is worth every penny for the serious fashion being.