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Sonia Rykiel Hardcover – April 14, 2009

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 640 pages
  • Publisher: Rizzoli; 1St Edition edition (April 14, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0847832597
  • ISBN-13: 978-0847832590
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 8.4 x 10.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,240,153 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Almost as sumptuous as her iconic textiles, the book traces Rykiel's visionary collections...It's one of those great worth-the-investment books."

"...fantastic new coffee table book explores the genius of ready-to-wear designer, Sonia Rykiel."

"This is one coffee-table book worth the weight, to vintage fanatics and students and enthusiasts of fashion alike."

About the Author

Sonia Rykiel celebrated 40 years in fashion in 2008 and remains one of the world’s pre-eminent designers.

Olivier Saillard is a fashion historian and curator at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris.

Liz Goldwyn has worked in fashion, art, and photography since the age of sixteen. She has produced major fashion shows and art installations, helped establish the fashion department at Sotheby’s New York, and was a global consultant for Shiseido America. She writes feature articles for national magazines, and designs her own collection of jewelry. Her documentary film on burlesque queens, Pretty Things, premiered in July 2005 on HBO. Goldwyn lives in Los Angeles.

Gerard-Georges Lemaire, a writer, historian, and art critic, has organized more than 70 exhibitions in France and is the author of books on the Pre-Raphaelites, Futurism, and Franz Kafka, as well as many others.

Akiko Fukai is a curator at the Kyoto Costume Institute and has written numerous books on fashion.

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By GUSTAVO PRADO RGUEZ on July 8, 2010
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As a fashion geek I not only goes after every fashion book published on any era, but also spent a lot of time looking at the fashion designer profiles in pages such as [...], or [...], fashion tv, etc. There we can have a very good idea of the collection or even the career of many of our heroes, but we only get the thumbnail in a rapid glimpse. Precisely the fashion book is called to change this and let us see in detail the perfection of garment, textiles and design, the flamboyance of stylism through the eyes of the greatest photographers, even the way the rich and famous uses the clothing in their parties or daily life.
So, thinking in all said, this book is strange to say the least. Is like we have two books -it is even printed in two different paper qualities-, at the beginning we get an art paper with a brief bio of Rykiel, some artsy full page photographs, this until page 65 of 675.
Then the paper changes to a lesser quality one -as thin as a cheap magazine glossy- and we have in 'thumbnails' -about 2x1 inches- absolutely all the looks of all the runways since 1968 until the anniversary show of SS 2009.
So, exactly the same kind of images we can get in the internet!, and only if you have a lot of time and a very good magnifying glass you can get something out of the literally thousands of images. But beware, the real problem is that there is no any info about inspiration of each runway, materials, how it was perceived, merchandised etc. We only get hundred and hundreds of images of models walking.
Of the dozens of fashion books I have this is the only organized in this way, so really is something particular at this editorial decision.
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When I first went to Paris, I stayed at the Hotel Lutetia on the left bank. In a display case in the hotel lobby, there was the most gorgeous black evening hat by Sonia Rykiel. Wow, did I want that hat. I went to her store on the left bank and was disheartened to learn the cost (I had to choose between eating and the hat, and since it was Paris... well, you may have heard the siren song of French food.) Anyway, the impression of her design artistry stayed with me. I really enjoyed this book - I especially liked the section with all the thumbnail photos of prior collections. Wish the photos had been larger, but this is a big book that packs a lot into it. If you like Rykiel's style, this is a great book because it shows how she has evolved over the years, through many, many collections. Tracking her collections over the years,you see that her style is timeless (often with a touch of whimsy). I could see one wearing items from her collections from ten years ago and still looking very chic. Loved the book - it's one of my favorites - and I've collected so many fashion books I had to convert my dining room into a library! I doubt you'll be disappointed in this book. Next trip to Paris, I'll be looking for that hat.
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