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Valentina: American Couture and the Cult of Celebrity Hardcover – February 17, 2009

4.9 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews

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"The life and work of an important, yet forgotten figure of 20th-century fashion design." ~The Palm Beach Daily News

“In Valentina: American Couture and the Cult of Celebrity, Kohle Yohannan has revived the legend of a woman who — as much as her clients Katharine Hepburn, Marlene Dietrich and Greta Garbo — was a legend in her own time.” ~The New York Times

"Valentina preserved an air of mystery that helped solidify her authority on matters of style. The author lifts the veil to reveal… the rags-to-riches American dream narrative." ~Russia! Magazine

"The elusive designer's history is brilliantly researched in this beautiful book...a Must-Have for all fashion enthusiasts..." ~VidCatTV.com

“If only all fashion books were as brilliant as this gorgeous Valentina tome by Kohle Yohannan…” ~1stDibs.com

"In this brilliantly researched book you get 1st hand accounts on everything Valentina- from photos, sketches and her rags to riches tale you will re-discover one other the most important fashion designers of the twentieth century. This exquisite tome is a must for all fashion aficionados. " ~LePetiteBlog.com

"[A] glance back at Valentina's fearless talent could remind frightened designers what audacious fashion is really all about." ~LA2Day.com

"Rizzoli has released an enchanting volume dedicated to the legend...The book's exquisite touches better represent a woman who aimed for the exquisite in all things...savor Yohannan's well-told tale and the expertly reproduced photos in the nearly 300-page volume." ~StudioInternational.com

About the Author

Kohle Yohannan is an art and design historian, and the author of several books. Harold Koda is curator-in-charge of the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Exhibition Schedule: Museum of the City of New York, opens February 14, 2009
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Rizzoli (February 17, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0847830837
  • ISBN-13: 978-0847830831
  • Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 1.3 x 12.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,648,100 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Anne F. Ma on March 4, 2009
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Extremely well written; absolutely gorgeous photos; fascinating, engaging story. An entertaining read and fantastic fashion book!
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This is a stunning book. The author was clearly bewitched by his subject. His research was meticulous and comprehensive, and the end result is a passionate and thrilling story, about an immigrant artist and the glamorous era in which she became an iconic personality. The fashion photos are exquisite, including many celebrity photos which have never been published before. In addition, early photos of Valentina in the 1920's offer a precious view of the young Russian woman who came to America with dreams and drive. With wit, glamour and creativity she invented her own persona and used it to attract her celebrity clientele. This book provides a wonderful record of her elegant and groundbreaking style.
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Kohle Yohannan's wonderful book about Valentina is as elegant as the woman herself. Beautifully written, well documented, with fabulous photographs, this is a book to keep forever. Valentina would be proud.
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This is a completely wonderful book, beautifully produced and it answers many mysteries about Valentina Schlee. It is a tonic that such a fabulous book can be published about a fashion designer and icon, who had previously disappeared into obscurity. Of course it will never be possible to know the whole truth about her because so much is veiled in mythology, and as the author points out, she was a compulsive re-inventor of her past. I devoured this book as soon as it arrived (very promptly) and my only sadness is that the author did not get in touch with me as I knew Valentina (1982-4, so late in her life) and could at least have told him some more of her stories, for better or for worse! Hugo Vickers
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This books rewards on many levels. First, the clothes are marvelous, intricately cut and draped but very wearable. They just flow over the body, flattering every curve. Second, the story of Valentina's saga inspires the reader to strive to become the person of his or her dreams. The superb photgraphs, many taken by the superstars of the era, the forties and fifties, are accompanied by Kohle Yohannan's intelligent and beautifully written text. Valentina was a gorgeous and original persona and this elegant book tells her story brilliantly.
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I heard an interview on National Public Radio with Weekend Edition Host Scott Simon and the author of 'Valentina,' Kohle Yohannan, and was entranced with Valentina's story. I'd never heard of her before. The author really seems to have been affected by a woman he never met.
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