Fashion’s “Prince of Prints” features in Taschen’s latest tome

Emilio Pucci by Vanessa Friedman, Alessandra Arezzi Boza, and Armando Chitolina; Taschen 2013.

The unlimited edition of Vanessa Friedman’s chef-d’oeuvre on Emilio Pucci, 20th century  fashion’s indisputable Prince of Prints, is coming soon from Taschen following the 2011 release of the limited Vintage art edition [which came with some extra-special extras, and an extra-special price tag].  Anecdotes from the Italian royal’s personal life feature throughout alongside his enduring design legacy, which began with skiwear in the late 40s, continued with swim and resortwear with his haute couture business launched on the island of Capri in the 50s, and rose meteorically in the 60s as the exotic gypset lifestyle took the world by storm.  The 420-page book features rare “photos, drawings, and candid shots” from the Emilio Pucci Foundation archive and explores the Pucci dynasty and the house’s context within the greater scope of fashion history.  Check the site for updates- the book is expected in mid-April 2013.  Below, a brief sneak-peek at what’s in store for Pucci fans the world over.  For those interested in a concise visual history, the Emilio Pucci site features an excellent timeline.

Marquis Emilio Pucci and Model wearing Palazzo pajamas in printed silk in the ‘Torre’ motif, with jacket and hat. Fall/Winter 1966 Collection. Photo ©Serge Libis/Emilio Pucci Archive, Florence.

Models on the roof of Palazzo Pucci in Florence, wearing evening dresses, palazzo pajamas and terrycloth capes from the Spring/Summer 1967 Collection. Photo ©Emilio Pucci Archive, Florence.

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