Title: Art of Being You
Publisher: Abbeville Press, New York
Publication Date: 1998
Book Condition: Fine
Dust Jacket Condition: Fine
Edition: First American Edition
Black cloth (hard-cover) in mylar protected dust-jacket. Stated "First Edition." 256 pages; color illustrations. Text by Germano Celant, Ingrid Sischy, Richard Martin, Frank Moore, and Julian Schnabel. Illustrated with paintings, drawings, and sculptures from Versace's personal collection juxtaposed with fashion shots and couture fantasies create a visual feast. A clean, tight copy. Bookseller Inventory # 003049
Synopsis: With contributions from leading art and fashion world figures such as Germano Celant, and Ingrid Sischy, and stunning photographs by Richard Avedon, Irving Penn, and Steven Meisel, The Art of Being You is a fitting tribute to this revered genius of design.
While Versace's legacy to the world of fashion and popular culture remains incalculable, particularly so now after his tragic death, Versace himself was inspired by contemporary artists and the great modern masters of the early 20th century. The Art of Being You chronicles the development of the Versace look and demonstrates the myriad ways in which art has influenced the designer's style. Drawing on the work of illustrious artists such as Picasso, Kandinsky, and Leger, and of more recent figures such as Jim Dine, David Hockney, and Roy Lichtenstein, Versace melded history, pop culture, and his own unique sensibilities to create the inimitable style that bears his signature.
Gianni Versace's lifelong passion for art together with his own visionary imagination have left us an extraordinarily vibrant body of work -- and certainly one of the most original creative legacies of our time. This richly illustrated volume presents a candid look at the many sources of Versace's inspiration.
Product Description: Shortly before his death in July 1997 Gianni Versace finished creating "The Art of Being You," perhaps his most personal and expressive book. Paintings, drawings, and sculptures from Versace's personal collection are matched with fashion shots and couture fantasies in hundreds of playful and provocative juxtapositions. This heartfelt salute to contemporary art and the great masters of the early twentieth century demonstrates the profound influence of art on Versace's visionary style.
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