Author(s): Vanessa Friedman
The prince of prints: Pucci's vision and legacy Emilio Pucci (1914-1992) had a passion for women, a visionary sense of style, and an eye for color and design. With these talents he created a fashion house unlike any other. By the early '50s his boutique on the isle of Capri was catering to wealthy sophisticates, heiresses and movie stars buying his "Capri pants," silk scarves and lightweight separates. By the end of the decade, Jacqueline Kennedy and Marilyn Monroe were wearing his dresses, and by the mid-60s the label was synonymous with the gilded lifestyle of an international jetset. Today, the house remains as vibrant as ever - Victoria Beckham, Elizabeth Hurley, and Kylie Minogue are adherents.
The Pucci story is a modern epic with its roots in renaissance Italy: the brand's founder, the Marchese Emilio Pucci di Barsento, was a charismatic aristocrat whose lineage extends back to the 14th century. It is a story of evolution: how a family company grew from one tiny store to an international brand with 50 boutiques worldwide (and a presence in 300 more). And finally, it is a tale of innovation: Pucci was one of the first brands to bear a logo, and a pioneer of diversification into interiors, athletic wear and accessories. It introduced free-moving, lightweight fabrics, pop art prints, and a new color palette into womenswear, and constantly pushed fabric and printing technologies.
Featuring hundreds of photographs, drawings, and candid shots from the archive of the Emilio Pucci Foundation, this tome captures the breathtaking elegance and drama of a unique brand. Vanessa Friedman's text places Emilio's achievements in the context of fashion history, and provides insight into the remarkable Pucci dynasty. Available in four different cover designs, each depicting an original pattern from the Pucci collection.
First published as a limited edition - now available in a standard TASCHEN edition Text in English, French, and German
Vanessa Friedman is fashion editor of the "Financial Times," where she writes a weekly style column and edits the "Business of Fashion "supplements. Previously, she was the features director of UK "In Style," and contributed regularly to "The Economist, The New Yorker, Vogue," and "Entertainment Weekly."
The contributing author:
Alessandra Arezzi Boza is a Costume and Fashion historian, has worked as a consultant for the Costume Gallery at Palazzo Pitti in Florence and in several projects for fashion houses and their archives. Since 2001 she is the curator of the Emilio Pucci Foundation.
Armando Chitolina worked as a design consultant and art director at "Vogue ""Italia" and "L'Uomo Vogue," and image consultant for fashion houses Moschino and Mila Schon. His TASCHEN titles include "William Claxton's Jazz Seen, Gian Paolo Barbieri's Equator, The Book of Tiki, ""Naked as a Jaybird" and "Valentino: A Grand Italian Epic."