Over the years books have been published to document costume history and everyday dress from diverse cultures. Only recently have we noted whos who in terms of giving credit to fashion designers and how they are responsible for influencing countless others in their way of dress. Compiled by the pioneers of the fashion magazine i-D, abc Fashion Now xyz features the work of 150 of the worlds most important designers, focusing not only on the biggest names in fashion, but also the most exciting new talent.
Iconoclastic masters featured include Fortuny, Vionnet, Chanel, and, of course, St. Laurent. abc Fashion Now xyz also pays homage to such innovative emerging designers as: Jeremy Scott, Viktor & Rolf, and Rick Owens, all of whom are all becoming legends in their own right. This book covers Chanel, from Coco Chanel or Karl Lagerfeld; Louis Vuitton from its inception to current designer, Marc Jacobs; and Christian Dior, from the "New Look" to the trail blazing John Galliano.
abc Fashion Now xyz covers all manner of couturier. Aside from these recognizable, legendary names, attention is also paid to those designers leading us into the new millennium. There are the established who have taken over couture houses and the entrepreneurs who have just started their own house. There are those who may have designed for the last 20 years but have only as of late received recognition. Those addicted to style acknowledge i-D as a trend predictive that gives street-style credibility and promotes what might seem cutting edge at first, yet later is adopted by the masses. For those of you on the go, there is even a city guide included which will highlight where to shop, stay and eat as you tour the worlds fashion capitals.
Reviewer: Glenda Ronduen, FIDM Library Staff Member