One of the richest fabrics known to man, velvet is today more in fashion than ever. Couturiers and street designers favor its softness and luster, but it has been famed throughout the ages for sumptuous elegance. Velvet is the story of this ostentatious fabric, in fashion, furnishing, art and design. Clothes from every period are featured, from the Middle Ages to the latest collections by Givenchy and Montana. Paintings and photographs illustrate velvet's use in upholstery, or as hangings in palaces, theatres and opera houses. Types, techniques and processes are fully documented. Velvet's opulence is only matched by its versatility. Now it is presented in a book which is as rich as its subject. Includes 208 color and 52 black and white illustrations.
By Fabrizio de Marinis
Published by Idea Books, 1994
11.19 x 9.14 x 0.59 inches
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