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Vogue: The Gown

Jo Ellison

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Fashion & textiles: design, Prose: non-fiction

Illustrated with fabulous images from Vogue's archive, VOGUE: THE GOWN is the ultimate visual sourcebook for all those who love fashion.

Something about a gown's intrinsic construction, unashamed opulence and sheer feminine romance ignites in us the promise of fairy-tale adventure and unparalleled glamour. The magical gowns featured here give full reign to those fantasies, be they the sublime yet simple classical creations of Madame Gres, the heavenly bodies sculpted by Azzedine Alaia, the lean, seductive lines of a Deco-inspired silhouette or huge tulle poufs fit for a princess.

In VOGUE: THE GOWN Jo Ellison has curated a collection of more than 300 images and grouped them together into five thematic chapters: Classical, Drama, Decorative and Modernist. The book provides both an evocative celebration of almost a century of fashion history while also showcasing the work of the very best photographers including, Tim Walker, Mario Testino, Nick Knight, David Bailey, Herb Ritts, Norman Parkinson, Corinne Day, Cecil and Horst.

Now available in a new format with a luxurious real cloth cover, at a more pocket-friendly price of 30, this is essential reading for fashionistas everywhere.

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Praise for Vogue: The Gown

  • The most fantastical dresses, on the most beautiful models, shot by the greatest fashion photographers... Vogue: The Gown, by Jo Ellison, is a celebration of a century of sartorial splendour - The Sunday Telegraph

  • Featuring the finest frocks and photos from 100 years of the fashion bible, Vogue: The Gown is a must for every well-dressed coffee table. - Sunday Express

  • This stunning book is the definitive collection of the gown in all its cuts and styles. If any publication can boast an archive brimming with glamorous gowns, worn by beautiful models and photographed by the best in the industry, it would be Vogue. With more than 300 gown in display, this magnificent book warrants 'oohs' and 'aahs' at every page turn. - Daily Mail Scotland

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Jo Ellison

Jo Ellison has been the features director of Vogue since 2005. A former history graduate, she has worked extensively in the Vogue archive and has written numerous features about the magazine's illustrious relationships with photographers past and present, from Cecil Beaton to David Bailey and Juergen Teller. 'The magic of Vogue is in rediscovering how the magazine has recorded so many decades of radical social and economic change (during which womenswear has undergone similarly seismic revolutions) and yet retained its quietly authoritarian voice,' she writes.

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