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The 100 defining designers of the 20th and 21st centuries and their most remarkable works From Azzedine Ala´a, Cristˇbal Balenciaga, and Coco Chanel, to Alexander McQueen, Yves Saint Laurent, and Vivienne Westwood, the greatest fashion designers of the 20th and 21st centuries are featured in the permanent collection of The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology. The curators of America's premier fashion museum have selected 500 masterpieces of the art of fashion, and organized them by designer, from A to Z. Photographs of selected garments from the Museum's permanent collection illuminate each of the featured designers, while texts by the curators explain why each designer is important in fashion history and what is special about the individual pieces featured. In her introductory essay, director and chief curator Valerie Steelewrites about the rise of the fashion museum, and the emergence of the fashion exhibition as a popular and controversial phenomenon; and both Steele and contributor Suzy Menkesprovide a history of this museum's role in the world of fashion scholarship and preservation. Fashion Designers AZis available as a series of six Designer Editions. Each edition (a total of 11,000 copies) is bound in a fabric created by one of six designersAkris, Etro, Stella McCartney, Missoni, Prada, and Diane von Furstenbergand comes in a Plexiglas box.Crafted by hand at a bindery in the heart of Italy, and stamped with a unique number, every copy is an instant classic, and an addition to your fashion library that is truly one-of-a-kind. Paisley: it's practically synonymous with the Etro name, and the five Paisley motifs selected by Veronica Etro for the Etro Edition of 2,000 numbered copies are classic examples.For decades the company has explored and reinterpreted the classic droplet-shaped vegetable decoration, rich in history and meanings, through experimentation and technology, drawing from the past into the present with timeless international style.