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Couture in the 21st Century: In the Words of 30 of the World's Most Cutting-Edge Designers

Couture in the 21st Century: In the Words of 30 of the World's Most Cutting-Edge Designers

Author: Deborah Bee
$120.00(NZD)  inc GST

This lavishly illustrated book features essays from thirty of the world's top designers who talk about fashion in the first decade of the 21st Century with its emphasis on craftsmanship and traditional techniques and pay loving homage to the iconic couturiers of the past, expressing how their creativity and attention to detail has forever shaped fashion's future. The book features the first-ever personal essays on couture by today's most lauded contemporary designers such as Giorgio Armani and Oscar de la Renta plus the fresh faces who design for the top design houses: Pier Paolo Piccioli and Maria Grazia Chiuri for Valentino, Stefano Pilati for Yves Saint Laurent and Riccardo Tisci for Givenchy. Each designer describes their view of couture and the inspirations drawn from iconic figures such as Christian Dior, Yves Saint Laurent, Elsa Schiaparelli, Coco Chanel, Madeleine Vionnet, Madame Gres and Paul Poiret. Essays are complemented by photographs and fashion illustrations plus an intimate portrait of the designer by photographer Rankin, world renown for capturing the wit and personality of his subjects. Couture in the 21st Century captures the allure of couture in the hands of the world's best-known designers. It is a must-have for anyone interested in fashion and culture.


This fantastic limited edition gift book is cloth bound with a uniquely designed, foil-blocked cover and individually shrink-wrapped.


'an insight into trends in today's fashion design that focuses on the elite craftsmanship of's an inspiring opportunity to delve into the archives of the likes of Christian Dior, Yves Saint Laurent and Coco Chanel' Vogue (November 2010) 'Celebrated photographer Rankin has teamed up with Harrods to create the must-have coffee table book for fashion...featuring everyone from Oscar de la Renta to Armani, the book is full of photographs spanning the last century.' Daily Mail (October 2010) 'Couture in the 21st Century will be a must have for every style enthusiast' (October 2010) 'A reference book of inspirations, the book beautifully combines opinion, couture history (through words, illustration and photography) and modern photographic portraiture to locate couture's place in contemporary fashion.' (October 2010) 'The book is full of fashion's inspirations over the years, with new techniques, interviews with the likes of Armani, Oscar de la Renta and Paul Smith as well as quotes from designers on how fashion's past shapes its future.' (October 1020) ' book featuring a selection of the world's finest designers expressing the importance of the past in shaping the future of fashion.' Entertainment News (October 2010) '...reveals a fresh look at couture' Beauty and the Dirt (web) (October 2010) 'a lavish pictorial guide to where fashion's been and where it's going, featuring portraits by Rankin and interviews with style gurus.' Mail on Sunday (October 2010) 'a brilliant insight into what gets the creative juices of some of the world's top designers flowing. With portraits shot by Rankin, it's a feast for fashion fans.' The Times (magazine) (October 2010) 'a glossy tome that delves into the archives of Christian Dior, Coco Chanel and Madeleine Vionnet.' The Daily Telegraph (October 2010) 'You'll have the best dressed coffee table in town' (October 2010) 'Couture in the 21st century is the new book from author Deborah Bee and Harrods Publishing, looking into the importance of the past in shaping the future of fashion.' Fashion Monitor (November 2010) 'The book displays a selection of top designers including Oscar de la Renta and Georgio Armani and also new faces to fashion such as Erdem and Hannah Marshall. The fully illustrated book has designers describing their relationship with couture and is a must for all fashion lovers.' Avenues (October 2010) 'A historical reference book mixed with designer interviews, it's a fascinating insight into how the couture greats of the past have influenced today's designers.' Elle Decoration (April 2011) 'an excellent way to get a feel for the history of the century-and-a-half-year-old fashion industry started by Charles Worth in the mid-1800s' (March 2011) 'the first of its kind: a rare look inside the world of couture.' (March 2011)

Author description

Editor Deborah Bee has worked previously as a newspaper journalist for major national newspapers such as The Guardian, The Times and The Telegraph. She was also a magazine editor for Scene and Nova and is currently Editor-in-Chief of Harrods Publishing.

Stock Information

General Fields

  • : 9781408134894
  • : A & C Black Publishers Ltd
  • : A & C Black Publishers Ltd
  • : 1.275
  • : October 2010
  • : 280mm X 250mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Deborah Bee
  • : Hardback
  • : 1210
  • : 746.92
  • : 160
  • : Original portraits by Rankin