New York: Random House, 1998. 1st Edition. Folio, publisher's photo-illustrated paper-covered boards, photo-illustrated endpapers.
Monograph charting the fertile collaboration between Italian fashion giant Gianni Versace and groundbreaking fashion photographer Richard Avedon. Although the legendary pair seemed unlikely to some—Avedon was a sophisticated and at times stoic New Yorker who shot predominantly in black-and-white while Versace was colorfully flamboyant with baroque sensibilities—when they came together "lightning struck," in the words of former Harper’s editor Glenda Bailey: "They both had this tremendous energy. They were unbounded in the passion for all things beautiful." Subjects include a plethora of supermodels and celebrities, including Kate Moss, Naomi Campbell, Linda Evangelista, Stella Tennant, Karen Elson, Prince, Bon Jovi, and campy shots of Elton John in drag. Lavishly illustrated throughout with over 100 color and black-and-white plates, most full-bleed. Divided into eight sections by themes: Remembrance of Flings Past; Lust & Found; That Obscure Object of Desire; Gathering Moss; Rocks and Other Hard Places; The Way of All Mesh; Look Homeward Angel; and A Quick Stitch in Time. Stated first edition on the colophon, with 2 the lowest number in number row, indicating first printing per the publisher's custom from 1976 onwards. No dust jacket, as issued. Fine. Item #2908