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The great fashion designers

The great fashion designers

Tredre, Roger; Polan, Brenda

From Charles Frederick Worth to Nicolas Ghesquiere, designers have propelled fashion from an elite craft into a cornerstone of contemporary popular culture. This analysis of the achievements of the 50 greatest names in international fashion explores their lives

Book. English.
Published Oxford: Berg, 2009
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Statement of responsibility: Roger Tredre and Brenda Polan
ISBN: 1847882277, 1847882285, 9781847882271, 9781847882288
Intended audience: Specialized.
Physical Description: 252 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
Subject: Fashion design.; Fashion designers.; Fashion designers Interviews.


  1. ContentsForeword Introduction Section 1 Early daysIntroduction Charles Frederick Worth Callot SoeursJeanne PaquinPaul PoiretMariano FortunySection 1910s-1930sIntroduction Jeanne LanvinGabrielle ChanelJean PatouMadeleine VionnetElsa SchiaparelliMainbocherAdrianSalvatore FerragamoMadame Alix GresSection 1940-1950sIntroduction Cristobal BalenciagaChristian DiorCharles JamesClaire McCardellHubert de GivenchyPierre CardinMary QuantRudi GernreichSection 1960s-1970sIntroduction Norman NorellYves Saint LaurentAndre CourregesValentino GaravaniKarl Lagerfeld Kenzo TakadaRalph LaurenHalstonIssey MiyakeGeoffrey BeeneCalvin KleinGiorgio ArmaniSection 1980sIntroduction Rei KawakuboYohji YamamotoVivienne WestwoodPaul SmithAzzedine AlaiaGianni VersaceJean Paul GaultierDolce & GabbanaJohn GallianoDonna KaranSection 1990s-Introduction Miuccia PradaMartin MargielaMarc JacobsTom FordAlexander McQueenNicholas GhesquiereAcknowledgementsFurther reading

Author note

Brenda Polan is Director of Programmes (Fashion Media) at the London College of Fashion, London. She is well-known as a journalist. Roger Tredre is an associate lecturer in fashion journalism at Central St Martins School of Art and Design, and has had a distinguished career in fashion journalism.


This is a comprehensive introduction into the world of fashion and the designers you need to know about who inhabit it …If it's not already, put it on your Christmas list now!||An interesting and indispensable tome.
Glass Magazine||A succinct round-up!||With over 30 years in the industry, Polan and Tredre give fashion history a personal spin
That's not my||A great reference for teachers, students, researchers and academics.
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