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Ralph Lauren Hardcover – 5 Oct 2011
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This monumental book tells his story like a movie. If only we could live in its pages. "House Beautiful""
"This monumental book tells his story like a movie. If only we could live in its pages." House Beautiful
-This monumental book tells his story like a movie. If only we could live in its pages.- House Beautiful
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In this visually stunning book, Lauren speaks candidly about himself and his art. In part one, we get to know the designer through never-before-seen pictures of him in private life and with his family, living the lives he designs for. In the second part, Lauren displays and writes about his most iconic and most beloved work, handpicked from hundreds of collections and his signature cinematic advertising campaigns. Lauren s aesthetic influence and unique design sensibility are captured here by fashion s finest photographers, including Bruce Weber, Deborah Turbeville, and Patrick Demarchelier. --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.See all Product description
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Those unconvinced by the style and manner of the house will remain so, but to have created this legendary brand, label and house is a great achievement. This book beautifully captures and encapsulates it.
He briefly worked for Brooks Brothers as a sales assistant before leaving to become a salesman for a tie company. He left to establish his own tie company where he successfully sold his ties to small shops in New York, but his breakthrough was selling them to Neiman Marcus. In 1967, with the financial backing of clothing manufacturer Norman Hilton, Lauren opened his first store where he also sold ties of his own design, under the label "Polo".
In 1970, he released a line of women's suits that were tailored in a classic men's style. In 1972 he unveiled his first Ralph Lauren collection for women. He was also contracted in 1974 to provide clothing for the Robert Redford, Mia Farrow movie The Great Gatsby. Of course since then he has dressed many 'A' list celebrities for red carpet events and for other films.
By 2007 Lauren had over 35 boutiques in the United States alone, along with many others around the world. He is not known for a single signature look, but rather for his sweeping dreams of American and European living: the polo-shirted athletes charging down the fields, the beaches of Montauk, the cowboy in the wilderness. Over the course of his career, the images of luxury, adventure, and beauty have come to define American and European style, and elevate it far beyond the reaches of fashion. He has recreated the past by making it relevant, creating looks for today and tomorrow.
In this visually stunning work, Lauren speaks about his life and invites readers to see his sources of inspiration. We see the designer home(s) and family and we learn about the man. Lauren displays his most important, most iconic, and favourite work, hand-picked from hundreds of runway shows, collections, and advertising campaigns. Many of these images are taken by major fashion photographers. The book also contains a detailed chronology of Lauren's career and achievements, including line launches, landmark collections, philanthropic achievements, and awards.
This is truly a unique fashion monograph, a personal expression of the man, and a rare peek into the creator of one of America's most accomplished fashion and lifestyle brands.