From Charles Frederick Worth to Nicolas Ghesquiere, designers have propelled fashion from an elite craft into a cornerstone of contemporary popular culture. This brilliantly written analysis of the achievements of the 50 greatest names in international fashion explores their lives, both personal and professional, drawing on the latest academic research and on the best of fashion journalism, including the authors' own interviews with designers spanning a 30-year period. The designers' working methods and career highlights are outlined in detailed and wittily written entries that capture the spirit of their times. From Poiret and Patou to Gernreich and Galliano, the sometimes provocative selection of 50 names poses stimulating questions about the definition of a fashion designer in the modern era. A ground-breaking book, this is a definitive introduction to fashion designers that is essential reading for both students and general readers alike.
Brenda Polan is currently Director of Programmes (Fashion Media) at the London College of Fashion, London. She is well-known as a journalist. Roger Tredre has had a distinguished career in fashion journalism. He is currently an associate lecturer in fashion journalism at Central St Martins School of Art and Design
Contents Foreword Introduction Section 1 Early days Introduction Charles Frederick Worth Callot Soeurs Jeanne Paquin Paul Poiret Mariano Fortuny Section 2 1910s-1930s Introduction Jeanne Lanvin Gabrielle Chanel Jean Patou Madeleine Vionnet Elsa Schiaparelli Mainbocher Adrian Salvatore Ferragamo Madame Alix Gres Section 3 1940-1950s Introduction Cristobal Balenciaga Christian Dior Charles James Claire McCardell Hubert de Givenchy Pierre Cardin Mary Quant Rudi Gernreich Section 4 1960s-1970s Introduction Norman Norell Yves Saint Laurent Andre Courreges Valentino Garavani Karl Lagerfeld Kenzo Takada Ralph Lauren Halston Issey Miyake Geoffrey Beene Calvin Klein Giorgio Armani Section 5 1980s Introduction Rei Kawakubo Yohji Yamamoto Vivienne Westwood Paul Smith Azzedine Alaia Gianni Versace Jean Paul Gaultier Dolce & Gabbana John Galliano Donna Karan Section 6 1990s- Introduction Miuccia Prada Martin Margiela Marc Jacobs Tom Ford Alexander McQueen Nicholas Ghesquiere Acknowledgements Further reading