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Anne-Marie Deschodt & Doretta Davanzo Poli

Abrams, 2001
186 pages
Well illustrated colour, b+w.
ISBN: 0810911337

Mariano Fortuny (1871-1949) really was ahead of his time as a textile, clothing designer, his work has influenced many designers including Issey Miyake. Living and working in Venice and Paris, he specialized in spectacular luxury fabrics based on Renaissance, Byzantine, and Art Nouveau patterns - double-cut velvets, hand-pleated silks, chiffons, and velvets printed with gold and ornamented with hand-beading. His most famous creations - still being handmade by the Fortuny design house - were the unique pleated-silk Delphos dress, designed to cling sensously to the body, and flowing scarves of the same material.

This beautiful book documents the work of this designer of the Gilded Age."


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