From Charles Frederick Worth to Alessandro Michele, designers have propelled fashion from an elite craft into a cornerstone of contemporary popular culture. This brilliantly written guide to the life and work of 55 iconic fashion designers draws on the latest academic research and on the best of fashion journalism, including the authors' own interviews with designers spanning a 40-year period. Each designer's working methods and career highlights are beautifully illustrated and detailed in wittily written entries that capture the spirit of their times.
This revised edition features five new designers: Hedi Slimane, Raf Simons, Alessandro Michele, Demna Gvasalia and Stella McCartney. It's also been updated throughout to show how the fashion world has been in constant ferment over the last ten years, with designers swapping jobs and fashion houses at unprecedented speed. The industry has expanded into a truly global sector and designers have emerged as true celebrities, The Great Fashion Designers takes their passion and flair to show us fashion at its most inspirational.
Brenda Polan, Roger Tredre