abc Embroidery: Italian Fashion xyz follows the technique’s rise in a national culture known for its opulence and emotion, and brings readers the experience of both with a soft, embroidered cover. Inside, the photographs are beautifully detailed on glossy pages. The close-up shots allow readers to see and appreciate the detail of the embroidery. If you are interested in the type of embroidery that is done in fine houses like the Ecole Lesage, then this is the book for you.
There is little text to interfere with the gorgeous images and, once you begin browsing through the pages, the photographs will speak for themselves. There is a definite sense that the period in which this beautiful threading emerged can be compared to a rebirth following a dark period of over-consumerism whereby flamboyance and over-the-top extravagance was the trend of the day. It is the simple beauty produced by the talent of visionaries wielding a simple needle and thread that will take your breath away page after page. Check out this wonderful ode to embroidery and be prepared to be wowed.
Includes work from: Anna Molinari, Blumarine, Dolce & Gabbana, Emilio Pucci, Gianfranco Ferré, Marni, Roberto Cavalli, Valentino, and Versace.
Reviewer: Lucy Bellamy, FIDM Library Staff Member