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Most Iconic Dresses of the 20th Century

Clockwise from top left: Cristobal Balenciaga, 1953; Christian Dior, 1947; Rei Kawakubo for Comme des Garcons, 1997​; Marc Bohan for Christian Dior, 1972; John Galliano for Dior, 1997​​; Yves Saint Laurent for Christian Dior, 1959​

Following its exhaustive 2009 art tome The Impossible Collection, which culled the 100 most coveted artworks from the modern era, Assouline is releasing a glossy, fashion-focused sequel next week. In The Impossible Collection of Fashion, priced at $650, Museum at F.I.T. curator Valerie Steele selects the 100 most iconic dresses of the 20th Century. The 144-page book is a stunner, featuring full-page photos and illustrations of flounced, beaded, padded, and feathered gowns from the likes of Balenciaga, Christian Dior, Rei Kawakubo, and John Galliano.

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