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Giambattista Valli: Looking Beyond the Clothes

Giambattista Valli: Looking Beyond the Clothes

Giambattista Valli’s career is the subject of a coffee-table book being published this month. Photo by Kevin Tachman

Giambattista Valli’s career is a little young to be the subject of a coffee-table book. He started his signature label only in 2005 and became a couturier two years ago, so how to fill the nearly 400-page book ($100) being published this month from Rizzoli?

I wanted to do something different,” Mr. cialis soft tabs online Valli said. “I wanted to get naked. I didn’t want to show only the facade but to invite the reader into the most private side of my profession.

He is not literally naked. Rather, Mr. Valli is barely seen in the book, beyond a few images of him working on his collection, adjusting the details, or in a portrait by Francesco Clemente that shows the designer wearing his customary pearl necklace.

But you do see his inspirations clearly, like how dresses that appear to be made of hydrangea blossoms are linked to the sculptures of Louise Bourgeois and Piero Manzoni. Mr. Valli also included an image of Lee Radziwill and Jackie Kennedy sitting on the ground because it showed the sort of relaxed beauty that informs his work. “This not an egocentric kind of book,” he said. “This is simply my method that I wanted to share with other people.


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