New York: Harry N. Abrams, Inc., Publishers, 2002. 1st US Edition. Quarto, publisher's gray paper-covered boards, spine gilt, original photo-illustrated dust jacket.
Behind-the-scenes look at fashion icon Saint Laurent's first year as an independent designer, with 90 dutone photos, most full-page, documenting the 25 year-old designer's first collection after his departure from the House of Dior: "His strength lay in his understanding that the age to which he was responding was no longer one of lines, but of style, of clothing that dressed an attitude, rather than a seasonally dictated silhouette. If Chanel liberated women, Saint Laurent empowered them" (from the introductory essay by Saint Laurent biographer Benaïm). The photos, shot by Life magazine photographer Boulat, capture Saint Laurent's contained energy as he sketches, appraises designs, dresses models, and presents the collection. Saint Laurent's business partner and one-time companion Bergé provides photo captions. Published simultaneously in Paris (text translated into English for this edition by Alexandre Bonfante-Warren). Remainder marks to top and bottom edges; unclipped dust jacket with light edgewear and faint stain to upper panel. Near fine. Item #118