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Giorgio Armani Paperback – November 20, 2007

ISBN-13: 978-8837051358 ISBN-10: 8837051352 Edition: Bilingual

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 231 pages
  • Publisher: Electa; Bilingual edition (November 20, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 8837051352
  • ISBN-13: 978-8837051358
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 10.2 x 12.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,181,730 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A long, long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, the future began. The future of fashion, that is. Of course, it wasn't quite so long ago (it was the 1970s), and it wasn't quite so far away (it was Milan, Italy). Right there and then, the world witnessed the birth of the sports coat. This one jacket spawned the beginnings of casual dress and semi-androgynous fashion. This may not seem so radical now, but think about what came before. Look back to the Vogue magazines of the mid-20th century: the clothes were spectacular and elegant with very fitted waists, skirts with crinolines, crisp lines in men's suits. It was a severe and dramatic look; the body was very contained, almost sculpted by the clothes. But the times were changing, and comfort was coming into its own, explicit in the hippie wares of the 1960s.

Along came Italian designer Giorgio Armani. He fused the softness of jeans and ponchos with more convention, and built a fashion empire from the deconstruction of the shape-shifting suits of the 1940s and '50s. Fashion publisher Patrick McCarthy explains, "His mission, a rather democratic mission at that, has been to return elegance to clothing without abandoning the ease and comfort that crept in during the 1960s." Armani, the catalog accompanying the exhibit at New York's Guggenheim Museum, showcases the designs of this now very famous fashion insider. From sportswear to glamour, the book traces the history and styles of Armani's last three decades. Chapters range from ideas about gender, world culture, and architecture to a most interesting essay on Armani's relationship with cinema (his rise to fame was very tied to the release of the film American Gigolo). The photographs range from magazine advertising and billboards to family and celebrity pictures to lineups of Armani-clothed mannequins. -- J.P. Cohen --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Italian designer Giorgio Armani's label has retained its status for 25 years, and it is still revered by celebrities and celebrity watchers alike. Now Armani has received the ultimate kudos, a retrospective at the Guggenheim Museum in New York and this luxurious exhibition catalog. Readers will recall Richard Gere in Armani clothes in American Gigolo (1980), but Armani's importance to men's and women's fashions goes beyond film. His genius of unstructured yet refined luxury in formal wear and sportswear is well documented here in 350 illustrations, mostly by the best fashion photographers, and through insightful essays by over a dozen curators, editors, and fashion historians. Included is a lengthy interview with the designer and even family photos. The variety of layouts allows this thick book to avoid monotony, but tiny 1" thumbnail photos of celebrities wearing Armani are downright annoying. One can't see any details! Though there is no index, the extensive notes and bibliography enable further research. Recommended for all fashion collections. Therese Duzinkiewcz Baker, Western Kentucky Univ. Libs., Bowling Green
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 20, 2000
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This is not a typical fashion tome. The authors have traced the historical influences of Mr. Armani as well as validlly documenting his contribution to history (both in terms of fashion and in sociological influence). The photographs are well chosen and show the broad scope of his work. The detailed description accompanying the photographs of the actual museum exhibts are informative and succinct. One unfortunate choice was to include blurbs by celebrities. These comments offer nothing in the way of understanding Mr. Armani's work and are unnecessary. That minor annoyance withstanding, this volume is a valuable addition to any library.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Randolph Bradley on April 9, 2013
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Big book about a big and important design house. The thing that struck me first is the graphic beauty of the physical package itself and pictoral layout. The build quality is excellent; sewn not glued.

The complaints about celebrity comments have no merit, when Armani's success is due initially to celebrity identification. Guggenheim did not try to define the personal style of each celebrity endorsement, but rather that they allowed Armani to dress them without any modification to his technique. If there is a knit cap or clunky oxford brogue or baggy-neck all buttoned-up shirt: leave it! Thus, any celebrity in Armani is the embodiment of that current campaign, which campaigns, in general, are all magnificent in the Armani Style: MODERN ITALIAN CHIC.

I wanted this book (as a style manual) because I've taken great care to collect vintage Armani pieces to wear and cherish, and want the DNA to remain pure, as Armani since 2007 or so, seems too fixated on the "skinny suit," which almost directly contradicts Armani's style. At least for me. This book immortalizes the broad shouldered, slouchy/fitted clothes in exquisite fabrics that caught our eyes and minds in the first place. And who else but super modern Guggenheim to curate such immortal classics.

Leave Dior Homme and Dolce & Gabbana's Martini-fit for super skinny cuts, and Armani for Imperial quality, luxurious fit, and sublime comfort.

This book is a must have for every Armani aficionado or serious student of sartorial style. Any edition is acceptable, hardcover or paperback.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rick Nelson on May 4, 2013
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It's a good idea i bought..... i love Giorgio Armani's creations. I'am going to share this book to my friends.
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