Valerie Steele’s new book, The Impossible Collection of Fashion, outlines the 100 most iconic dresses of the 20th century.
Valerie Steele [revered fashion historian and director of the Museum at New York’s F.I.T.]’s latest book [and addition to our library wish-list] The Impossible Collection of Fashion outlines the 100 most significant dresses of the 20th century, ranging from Paul Poiret to Hussein Chalayan. While we haven’t yet had a chance to peruse the $650 Assouline tomé’s pages, we can guess from the name-dropped designers purportedly found within that the list goes something like this: Something Lampshade by Poiret, Something Bias-cut by Vionnet, Something New Look by Dior, Something Red by Valentino, and Something Modular by Chalayan [judging from the book’s cover the Holding Pattern dress from S/S 2000], among others.
Visit Assouline.com for some digital ogling of the inside pages; below a series of photos of work by iconic designers featured in the book.