Megan Pruitt Winder | Photos by Nobuyoshi Araki for Valentino: Objects of Couture. Photo courtesy Valentino.
- December 13, 2013
At the helm of Valentino since 2008, Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli have transformed Italian handcraftsmanship into a new international barometer of glamour. Their most recent endeavor, Valentino: Objects of Couture (Rizzoli, $75) renders their global accessories vision into a masterful volume that interweaves fashion and art on pages brimming with imagery by seven internationally acclaimed talents who straddle the sublime and the avant-garde. Commissioned artists who employ photography for this collectible tome include Japanese post-war provocateur Nobuyoshi Araki; English portraitist David Bailey of the fashion elite, who is regarded as one of the nation’s best lensmen; Turner Prize winner Douglas Gordon, a Scottish artist of a surrealist bent; Luisa Lambri of the sensitive, whispery images; pioneering street photographer/MoMA-exhibited Philip Lorca di Corcia; hauntingly creepy Duane Michals; and Scheltens & Abbenes, known for exquisite still-lifes that rise to the level of timelessness. An added bonus is the insightful text by art critic, editor and 2011 Venice Biennale curator Francesco Bonami. This weighty volume, with 300 curated images, memorializes Valentino’s kingdom of artful accessories — a must-own for fashion followers and art collectors alike. At the Valentino boutique.