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The V&A Launches Autobiographies Of Dior, Schiaparelli, Hulanicki And Quant

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The V&A is proud to present autobiographies by four of the twentieth century’s most inspirational fashion designers: Elsa Schiaparelli, Barbara Hulanicki, Christian Dior and Mary Quant

With new cover artwork by Beatriz Lostalé, V&A student Illustrator of the Year, 2017 depicting ensembles from the V&A’s own fashion archive.

Fabulously entertaining in their own right, the books also serve as an important fashion history – invaluable for students, researchers and all.

Christian Dior (1905–1957) :

rocketed to fame with his first collection in 1947 when the “New Look” took the world by storm.

Elsa Schiaparelli (1890–1973) :

was one of the leading fashion designers of the 1920s and 1930s with a flair for the unusual.

Barbara Hulanicki :

tells the story of the rise and fall of the tiny, energetic BIBA boutique that grew into a vast emporium and epitomised Swinging London.

Mary Quant :

Originally published in 1966, Quant by Quant is the hugely entertaining story of Mary Quant’s early career and life with husband and business partner Alexander Plunket Greene.