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Skrebneski, Victor (Artist/Photographer) & Jacobs, Laura (Contributor). THE ART OF HAUTE COUTURE. New York City, NY: Abbeville Press, 1995. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 176 pages. Fine/Fine.

Retrospective collection of color photographs, with accompanying text. The artist/photographer's definitive book on high fashion. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions, particularly the Softcover Edition. Published in a small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only. The First Edition is now scarce. A brilliant production by Abbeville Press: Oversize-volume format. Gray cloth boards with titles embossed on cover and printed in metallic-silver on spine, as issued. Photographs by Skrebneski. Text by the great fashion journalist Laura Jacobs. Invaluable Index appended at the end. Printed on pristine-white, thick glossy stock paper in the United States to the highest standards. In pictorial DJ with titles on the cover and spine, as issued. Presents Skrebneski's "The Art of Haute Couture". Some of the most magnificent fashion photographs ever taken: High Fashion in all its beauty and glory. Skrebneski goes through every element as if he were a couturier himself: Line, texture, drape, pleat, sweep, and volume as well as ornament, illusion, theater, and drama. Cristobal Balenciaga, perhaps the greatest couturier of the 20th century, once said that anyone can be a fashion merchandiser/designer, even a very good and successful one. But not everyone (who is a fashion designer) can be a couturier (in fact, most fashion people are not). A couturier is a different creator altogether: He (or she) is someone who maintains an atelier, conceives, and then realizes one-of-a-kind dresses, evening gowns, and matching accessories. He (or she) makes them the old-fashioned way: By hand, using the richest fabrics, and harnessing the expertise of a perfectionist team of artisans, the end result being clothes characterized by the most exquisite craftsmanship and elegance of design, a testament to a now-vanished art that museums like the Metropolitan Museum of Art New York are trying to preserve for posterity through its Permanent Collections and lavish, annual retrospective exhibitions. Skrebneski and Laura Jacobs examine the ways a great couturier actually works: Balenciaga, Chanel, Hubert de Givenchy, Yves Saint Laurent, and Vera Wang, among a few others, are this great artist/photographer's exemplars of haute couture, that is to say, the transformation of mere fashion into high fashion. An absolute "must-have" title for Skrebneski and fashion collectors. This title is a late-modern classic. This is one of few copies of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. A scarce copy thus. Lavishly illustrated with color plates. One of the greatest artist/photographers of our time. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER SKREBNESKI TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0789200228. $80.00

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