August 2001

Private Gardens of the Fashion World

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Where the top designers get away from it all...

Have you ever wondered where some of the world’s top designers go to "get away from it all"? Where do they draw their inspiration for their designs? What do their homes look like?

In Private Gardens of the Fashion World, we get a glimpse of designers such as Bill Blass and Oscar de la Renta at home in their gardens. We are afforded a look at their lives away from their design studios and fashion houses. This book offers us a chance to see how the creativity of these designers extends itself to their everyday lives and their residences.

Some of the wonderful landscapes highlighted in this book include:

  • Georgio Armani’s volcanic paradise near Sicily, complete with its cactus and decorative ancient jars.
  • Yves St. Laurent’s retreat in Marrakech, which was originally owned by the artist Jacques Majorelle and later completely restored and, in accordance with the wishes of Majorelle, is open to the public.
  • Valentino’s Villa in Tuscany, where the grounds follow the Baroque architectural theme with Ivy covered statues and a lush fruit and vegetable garden.

Private Gardens of the Fashion World is interesting for the biographical information it provides on these designers as well as a once in a lifetime view of some of the most beautiful gardens in the world.

Reviewer: Monika Earle., FIDM Library Staff Member