We featured Taschen’s up-and-coming books on fashion game-changers Yohji Yamamoto and Rei Kawakubo a little while back. Now, Taschen celebrates a hundred years worth of fashion’s greatest idols — from Balenciaga and Chanel to the great McQueen and Westwood. Coming straight from the permanent collection of The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology, this limited-edition volume features photographs of over 500 garments which illuminate the works of each designer headlined. With accompanying text by the museum’s curators, the book also illuminates the reader on each designer’s importance to the industry, as well as why the individual pieces were chosen to be featured. This hardcover is available as a series of 6 designer editions, limited to 11,000 copies total. Each book of the series is bound in fabric created by one of the six heavyhitter designers: Akris, Etro, Stella McCartney, Missoni, Prada, and Diane Von Furstenberg. Handcrafted in Italy, stamped with a unique number, and packaged in a plexiglass box, each edition is a unique collector’s piece and a truly original addition to your library or coffee table. The Akris Edition’s print (main image above) was reprinted especially for the edition’s 2,000 copies, and features designer Albert Kriemler’s iconic “Grand Prix” digital photo print. The print was created specifically for Akris’ 2012 Spring/Summer collection. Here’s a fun fact: a shift dress featuring the print was worn by H.S.H. Princess Charlène of Monaco at the Formula One races in Monte Carlo. The Akris edition will be available beginning December, and the rest will be available soon. Each edition retails at $350 and will be available on Taschen online .

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