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Grace Coddington abandoned a highly lucrative career as a leading model on the 60s London scene, alongside such swinging contemporaries as Jean Shrimpton and Twiggy, to¬† sign on as a junior fashion editor at British Vogue. She quickly established herself on the other side of the camera, coordinating photo shoots with David Bailey, Cecil Beaton, Helmut Newton, Sarah Moon, and the eccentric Guy Bourdin. A close working relationship with royal photographer Norman Parkinson produced a series of startlingly vibrant location shoots that have come to be considered classics. At British Vogue, Coddington also introduced the sweeping narrative epic, a familiar feature of her work now at American Vogue, where she has been creative director for the past 14 years. GRACE: Thirty Years of Fashion at Vogue is not only a collection of Coddington’s greatest work, it is a visual reminiscence of her life in fashion.

Description: Hard bound with publishers mylar dust jacket, in orange slipcase, as issued. 408 pages. Profusely illustrated with full page color plates. Photographers include: Cecil Beaton, Irving Penn, Shelia Metzner, Sarah Moon, Helmut Newton, Horst, Bruce Weber and many others. Some sunning and minor wear to publishers slipcase, otherwise fine. RARE!

Bookseller Inventory # 22481
Grace Coddington
SOLD

Grace: Thirty Years of Fashion at Vogue
Coddington, Grace; Roberts, Michael; Wintour, Anna

Publisher: Edition 7L
Publication Date: 2002
Binding: Hard Bound
Book Condition: Very Good
Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good
Edition: First Edition

Jean-Michel Frank (1895-1941) was the most influential French interior designer of the 1930’s. He is known for minimalist interiors decorated with walls of straw marquetry, sofas of creamy leather, screens of mica, and plain-lined but sumptuous furniture. Frank was inspired by the abstraction of primitive arts, bringing to the 1930s an original style whose elegance won him the loyalty of a wealthy and elite clientele. Frank’s style of understated luxury perfectly complemented the Picassos and Braques his clients hung on their walls.

arar01_frankfrankIn 1915 he was informed the death of his two elder brothers, French soilders on front line, and then his fathers subsequent suicide. Four years later he lost his mother who had been in an asylum for several years. In the first part of the 1920’s he traveled the world. It was in Venice that he first met the cosmopolitan society, and the Parisian decorator Adolphe Chanaux. Together in 1932 they opened their shop in Paris. During the winter of 1939 he left France for South America and the United States. Tragically in 1941, he committed suicide while in New York. His subtle sense of understatement and minimal design is still a influence on interior designers even to this day.

Description: Hard bound with dust jacket. Limited printing, one of four thousand printed copies. 216 pages profusely illustrated in b&w and color. Text in English and French. Designed by Andree Putman, and with photographs by Jacques Boulay. A beautifully produced monograph authored by Jean-Michel Frank’s former studio Partner Adolphe Chanaux. Some wear and minor chipping to dust jacket, otherwise very good. A rare and sought after monograph.

Bookseller Inventory # 18331

SOLD

Jean-Michel Frank
Chanaux, Adolphe

4222-5c3f4bbb1f654c3add12be7f366fc0d73627ad85Publisher: Editions Du Regard
Publication Date: 1980
Binding: Hard Bound
Book Condition: Very Good
Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good
Edition: First Edition

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