(Art)Books we love | Pucci

It’s art book Friday once again and I am very happy to have received some really cool review copies of recently published books from several publishers to read and write about. So today’s book is one of them. But you can be sure that I would never recommend a book I don’t like. The review copies just keep my stack of books I can write about meters high.

Marquis Emilio Pucci visiting NASA Space Centre, in front of a model of the lunar excursion module in Houston, Texas, 30 September 1969, (c) NASA und Emilio Pucci Archive
Marquis Emilio Pucci visiting NASA Space Centre, in front of a model of the lunar excursion module in Houston, Texas, 30 September 1969, (c) NASA und Emilio Pucci Archive

The book I’d like to tell you about today is dedicated to the life, passion and universe of a fashion legend – Emilio Pucci. Like the brand Chanel the universe of Pucci started with one person, one designer with a great vision. Pucci was one of the first brands to bear a logo, and a pioneer of diversification into interiors, athletic wear and accessories. And the story went on very successfully after he died. So no wonder this book is really something for your coffee table with its 420 pages. The book itself is a massive object (30×30 cm) and true homage to a great man and his ideas. It’s even available with four different cover designs, all inspired by his colorful patterns. Also the covers were made with some sort of fabric which gave them a really elegant surface feel. Furthermore it was published in two language editions. One is in Chinese, English, French, German and the other is in English, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish. So there is no way to get around this book if you’re a fashion lover! Next to plenty of pictures and archive photographs you find several texts about Pucci’s life and work. And you get all the information from true experts:

Vanessa Friedman, the main author, is fashion editor of the Financial Times, where she writes a weekly style column and the blog Material World. She also wrote articles for Vogue before. Especially impressive about her is her seat on the advisory council of Princeton University’s History Department. So she knows how to research and write.

Her contributing author is Alessandra Arezzi Boza, a Costume and Fashion historian. Since 2001 she is the curator of the Emilio Pucci Foundation. So she is the insider if you want to do anything about Emilio Pucci.

Models on the roof of Palazzo Pucci in Florence, wearing evening dresses, palazzo pyjamas and terrycloth capes from the Spring/Summer 1967 Collection, (c) Emilio Pucci Archive, Florence
Models on the roof of Palazzo Pucci in Florence, wearing evening dresses, palazzo pyjamas and terrycloth capes from the Spring/Summer 1967 Collection, (c) Emilio Pucci Archive, Florence

These two amazing women put together eight chapters full of individual content about the designer, the clothes and the history of the brand. The foreword is by Emilio Pucci’s daughter Laudomia Pucci who’s continuing her father’s vision. Except for the foreword pictures are the main interest of the authors. You get very good written content at the beginning of each chapter and then there are mostly pictures which suits the style of Pucci exactly right.

My favorite chapter of the whole book is number six, named “Travels in Art”. Of course it’s about Puccis relation to artists. He always denied he was one himself, but if you see his scarfs and drawings next to works by Victor Vasarely, Andy Warhol or Giacomo Balla you see many similarities. Emilio Pucci was more than just a fashion designer; he was a true artist and you sincerely could frame his scarfs and hang them on your walls. Nobody would doubt there is an artist behind them. I would so love to own some pieces of his collection one day. Not to put them in a frame but to wear them. Especially a dress would be really awesome.

 

The Covers

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The Book


 

#artbook |Emilio Pucci

#author | Vanessa Friedman, Alessandra Arezzi Boza, Armando Chitolina (editor)

#publishing house | Taschen

#language | Chinese, English, French, German or English, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish

#ISBN | 978-3-8365-3620-2 (Chinese, English, French, German) or 978-3-8365-3621-9 (English, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish)

#pages | 420

#published | 2015

you can get your copy here.

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