Written and compiled by Mr. Klein himself, this coffee table book has been three years in the making, and has been whittled down from 40,000 images created over a career that lasted more than 30 years. Illustrated with era-defining photographs by the most distinguished names in fashion photography, from Irving Penn and Richard Avedon to Bruce Weber, and Patrick Demarchelier. Divided by theme, each of the three sections in this volume looks at one singular element of Klein’s approach. In ‘Provocative’, we see the most controversial of his campaigns, from Brooke Shields’s infamous teenage portraits to the seductive photography of underwear collections. In ‘Minimalist’, we understand the simplicity, refinement, and elegance in every collection. And in the final section, we read in the designer’s own words the insights behind the campaigns and the secrets behind the successes.
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