Claude Montana - Fashion Radical
- ISBN 9780500515396
- 29.00 x 24.00 cm
- 146 Illustrations, 124 in colour
- First published 2011
‘Not only was there more to Montana than shoulder pads, his combination of sensual grace and bold statements will ensure his influence on the catwalk continues’ – The Financial Times
‘A wealth of catwalk images and fashion sketches … powerful, decadent designs’ – Vintage Seekers
Claude Montana played a key role in the fashions of the 1980s and ’90s, and – with fashion’s recent return to harder edges – has again become an inspiration for many contemporary fashion designers.
The Montana woman embodied razor-sharp tailoring and strong silhouettes with dramatic proportions and masculine lines, enlivened with an astonishing mix of detail and bold hues. Materials, colours and cut were all vehicles for his genius, and it was the Lanvin period in the early 1990s that marked the absolute high point of his creativity.
Claude Montana looks at the principles and practices that underpin the Montana universe, the fundamentals of a unique style and dazzling originality. It records many conversations with Claude Montana himself that help us to understand the forces that have shaped his work, while scores of catwalk images and reproductions of his sketches reveal the energy and singularity of his vision.
Scattered throughout these pages are intimate comments, moving testimonies and observations by those who have accompanied the designer – among others, the photographers Dominique Issermann, Tyen and Paolo Roversi, the embroiderer François Lesage, the designer Alain Mikli and the make-up artist Olivier Echaudemaison.
Marielle Cro is a journalist, and the author of Le Crazy Horse vu par ses filles.