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Discussing not only their designers but also their impact upon the runways of today, the book contains never before seen imagery of Alexander McQueen and Charles James alongside rare images by Irving Penn, Guy Bourdin, Jeanloup Sieff, Man Ray and many more iconic photographers. With dedications by William Vintage customers Rachel Zoe, Victoria Beckham and Gillian Anderson, our book is unlike any other.
Through his selection and description of 25 iconic vintage dresses, William Banks-Blaney tells the history of 20th century couture, the fashion designers who created the dresses and the women who wore them.
Each dress is looked at in forensic detail for its design and construction, its cut and embellishments, in order to evaluate the artistry of the individual couturier. The inspiration behind each dress is considered – whether that be Classic statuary, Secessionist architecture or fetish wear