Ever since Carolyn Bessette Kennedy married John Kennedy Jr. in a stylishly-minimal Narciso Rodriguez wedding dress, he has been revered by fashionistas for his exquisite tailoring and luxe aesthetic. His high profile fans include Sarah Jessica Parker, Salma Hayek, Oprah Winfrey, and now First Lady-to-be Michelle Obama - who celebrated her husband's Election Night triumph in a Narciso from Spring 2009. Fash insiders are also major fans, as evidenced by the fact that he is the first American designer ever to receive the CFDA Womenswear of the Year award for two consecutive years.
The first in-depth tribute to his work, Rizzoli's Narciso Rodriguez, shows him in his atelier, exploring the inspiration he takes from the world at large - from visual arts and architecture, to music, dance, and nature - through fleeting impressions in his snapshots and sketchbooks.
Always experimenting with new textiles and textures, he creates deceptively simple collages and line drawings that may evolve into a new silhouette or, through an intriguing exchange of ideas, refine the direction of a collection.
Along with conversations between the designer and the smartest fashion writer on the planet, Cathy Horyn, this fabulously glossy tome is filled with high-brow contributions from the likes of artist Cindy Sherman, ballet choreographer Christopher Wheeldon, actress Rachel Weisz, and illustrator/design team Ruben & Isabel Toledo.
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Narciso Rodriguez is available at Amazon.com.
- Lesley Scott
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