Fashion Institute of Technology, New York


Three Women
Madeleine Vionnet, Claire McCardell, and Rei Kawakubo


Extremely rare over-sized 1987 publication to accompany the exhibition, “Three Women: Madeleine Vionnet, Claire McCardell, and Rei Kawakubo” at the Fashion Institute of Technology, New York (February 24 through April 18, 1987).  This elegant, oversized folio features full-page black and white photography and texts by Harold Koda, Richard Martin, and Laura Sinderbran to profile the careers of  fashion designers Madeleine Vionnet, Claire McCardell, and Rei Kawakubo.

Madeleine Vionnet (1876 – 1975) was a French fashion designer. Called the “Queen of the bias cut” and “the architect among dressmakers”, Vionnet is best known today for her elegant Grecian-style dresses and for introducing the bias cut to the fashion world.

Claire McCardell (1905–1958) was an American fashion designer in the arena of ready-to-wear clothing in the 20th century. From the 1930s to the 1950s, she was known for designing functional, affordable, and stylish women’s sportswear within the constraints of mass-production, and is today acknowledged as the creator of the “American Look”, a democratic and casual approach to fashion that rejected the formality of French couture.

Rei Kawakubo (1942 -) is a Japanese fashion designer, and founder of Comme des Garçons, one of Japan’s most iconic fashion labels.  Not formally trained in fashion, but rather fine arts and literature, Kawakubo’s Comme des Garçons is well known for its anti-fashion, austere, sometimes deconstructed garments. During the 1980s, her garments were primarily in black, dark grey or white; the materials were often draped around the body and featured frayed, unfinished edges along with holes and a general asymmetrical shape. Challenging the established notions of beauty she created an uproar at her debut Paris fashion show where journalists labeled her clothes ‘Hiroshima chic’ amongst other things.

* Condition: Good-Very Good – light bending – All care is taken to provide accurate condition details of used books, photos available on request.

Three Women (1987)
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