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Giorgio Armani [Paperback]

Thomas Krens , Germano Celant
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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Royal Academy of Arts (14 Oct 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1903973414
  • ISBN-13: 978-1903973417
  • Product Dimensions: 30.4 x 25.6 x 3.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,817,987 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Armani means more than just beautiful clothes; it has become a myth in its own right. But can this be captured on film? To mark the 25th anniversary of the label, the New York Guggenheim Museum invited 25 leading fashion photographers to present their visions of Armani. The photographers included many illustrious members of the profession: from David Bailey, Pamela Hanson, Peter Lindbergh, Raymond Meier and Herb Ritts to Ellen von Unwerth and more. These names alone point to the wide-ranging spectrum of attitudes and vision in the resulting photographs. Some photographers chose to give their work a surreal air, others created rigorously formal pieces, while yet others concentrated on producing apparently spontaneous snapshots. This volume of photographs presents all the works made for the occasion, which in turn provide a unique overview of important currents and trends in fashion photography today. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous 22 Jan 2005
I was lucky enough to stumble accross a copy of this book while clearing out a store cupboard at work. How anyone could have just left it there is beyond belief. The book is truely amazing, covering the life and work of a man who can only be described as a true genius. A brilliant read.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
This book made me sit done and the outside world just disappeared. Mr Armani is a true creative genius who has harnesssed and embraced the commercial fashion world. this book covers in fascinating detail this man, his work and his creations, over a dynamic career. For the Fashion designer,the quality of the photography offers a work of refernce. For the fashion follower it offers a coffe table book to drool over and contemplate nirvana. In essence the book has so much to offer anyone who has only admired the perfume in a store - this book is the pure distilled essence of the Man.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive Historical Reference 20 Oct 2000
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This is not a typical fashion tome. The authors have traced the historical influences of Mr. Armani as well as validlly documenting his contribution to history (both in terms of fashion and in sociological influence). The photographs are well chosen and show the broad scope of his work. The detailed description accompanying the photographs of the actual museum exhibts are informative and succinct. One unfortunate choice was to include blurbs by celebrities. These comments offer nothing in the way of understanding Mr. Armani's work and are unnecessary. That minor annoyance withstanding, this volume is a valuable addition to any library.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Armani analyzed by Guggenheim 9 April 2013
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Big book about a big and important design house. The thing that struck me first is the graphic beauty of the physical package itself and pictoral layout. The build quality is excellent; sewn not glued.

The complaints about celebrity comments have no merit, when Armani's success is due initially to celebrity identification. Guggenheim did not try to define the personal style of each celebrity endorsement, but rather that they allowed Armani to dress them without any modification to his technique. If there is a knit cap or clunky oxford brogue or baggy-neck all buttoned-up shirt: leave it! Thus, any celebrity in Armani is the embodiment of that current campaign, which campaigns, in general, are all magnificent in the Armani Style: MODERN ITALIAN CHIC.

I wanted this book (as a style manual) because I've taken great care to collect vintage Armani pieces to wear and cherish, and want the DNA to remain pure, as Armani since 2007 or so, seems too fixated on the "skinny suit," which almost directly contradicts Armani's style. At least for me. This book immortalizes the broad shouldered, slouchy/fitted clothes in exquisite fabrics that caught our eyes and minds in the first place. And who else but super modern Guggenheim to curate such immortal classics.

Leave Dior Homme and Dolce & Gabbana's Martini-fit for super skinny cuts, and Armani for Imperial quality, luxurious fit, and sublime comfort.

This book is a must have for every Armani aficionado or serious student of sartorial style. Any edition is acceptable, hardcover or paperback.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect! 5 May 2013
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It's a good idea i bought..... i love Giorgio Armani's creations. I'am going to share this book to my friends.
5.0 out of 5 stars good book 6 April 2014
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This is a really good huge thick book with lots of content for a newbie trying to understand why he is so acclaimed. There are lots of pictures and essays by different people both inside and outside the fashion world. One complaint is there are a number of pages with thumbprint head and shoulders portraits of famous people which do not show the clothes at all. But I feel there are enough other pictures to compensate for this. Just the interview alone with Giorgio Armani makes the book worth it. Some of it seems like "fanclub" but it gives you a sense of the themes why people like him and his clothes so much. Some of the content can be found online, but this is more comprehensive and has it all in one place. Definitely worth it for six dollars.
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Armani 17 Dec 2013
By Lascelle L. Wright - Published on
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This is what fantasy is made of dream Armani. If we were all wealthy, this is how we would all like to dress. Classic Americana.
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