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Description - Fortuny by Guillermo De Osma

This comprehensive monograph captures the fashions, art, and fantasy of one of the world's most original fashion designers. Mariano Fortuny is an exceptional figure in the history of art and design. Born in Spain and raised in Paris, he is most associated with Venice--he was often called the "magician of Venice"--where he lived and worked at the legendary Palazzo Fortuny until his death in 1949. Fortuny excelled not only in fashion, but also as a painter, printmaker, photographer, textile designer, set designer, lighting engineer, and inventor--all covered in-depth in the book. However, Fortuny's creativity has had its most enduring legacy in the fashion world, and this comprehensive monograph includes much archival and previously unpublished material. Inspired by classical antiquity, Fortuny's legendary designs were fashion's first step toward modernity. His dresses featured finely pleated silks, often adorned with glass beads or similar objects, which flowed seductively over the female form, revealing its natural curves. His velvet capes were instantly popular, and the Delphos gown was favored by notable clients such as Eleanora Duse and Isadora Duncan. Fortuny's designs remain the ultimate example of fashion as art and continue to inspire twenty-first-century designers.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780847848171
ISBN-10: 0847848175
Format: Hardback
(318mm x 254mm x 33mm)
Imprint: Skira Rizzoli
Publisher: Skira Rizzoli
Publish Date: 16-Feb-2016
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Guillermo De Osma

Guillermo de Osma is an art historian, founder of the eponymous gallery in Madrid, and the world's foremost specialist on Mariano Fortuny. He is also professor at Spain's Instituto Superior de Moda and has written numerous articles and books.

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