Gianni Versace, Bruce Weber, Richard Avedon, Helmut Newton et al.
Edition : First / Milan / Arnoldo Mondadori / 1989 / Hardcover. / VG+ / VG+ Folio, 352pp. Black cloth in photographic dustwrapper. Text in Italian. Numerous Colour and Black & White plates. First and only edition. Smells a bit musty. Signed by Gianni Versace to titlepage.
Superb, large and rare book surveying Versace’s work from 1977-1989. The late seventies work is really great, not yet signature Versace, and shot by Newton and Bourdin amongst others. Shows an excellent development towards what became the classic Versace style. Full of not only amazing editorials, but work in progress and runway shots, details, fabrics, moods etc. Also key is the 80’s work by Avedon, and some great work by Gianpaolo Barbieri. A scarce, brilliant and complete survey of Versace’s early work.