Milan: Carla Sozzani Editore, 1990. 1st Edition. Large quarto, publisher's damask over flexible boards with french flaps, color printed endpapers, original lithographed pictorial wraparound dust jacket.
"Enjoy today and leave unpleasant things for tomorrow" (Albini). Extravagantly designed and illustrated career-spanning monograph on Milanese fashion designer Walter (Gualtiero) Albini, Italy's answer to Halston. Inspired by the elongated, energetic lines of the 1920s and 30s, as well as Chanel, ancient Egypt and the east in general, and the luxurious yet masculine tailoring associated with Hollywood icons such as Katherine Hepburn and Marlene Dietrich, Albini synthesized an intensely personal style all his own, charting a brief, bright career first as a freelance designer for Italian powerhouses of the 70s Krizia, Billy Ballo, Lanerossi and Misterfox, and later at his own house, with its emphasis on ready-to-wear. "Walter Albini epitomized the brilliant epoch of Italian fashion in the 1970s, when it seized the international imagination. At least as much as any other designer, if not more, Albini had the Italian spirit con brio" (www.fashionencyclopedia.com). Albini's career was cut short when he died in 1983 at the age of 42, reportedly of AIDS-related complications. Illustrated throughout with full-bleed color photos, drawings, video stills and reproductions. Photos and video by Ilvio Gallo, text by Anna Masucci, designed by Claudio Dell'Olio. With a chronological biography and detailed table of plates. One of 1000 copies in Italian (published simultaneously in an English edition of 2000 copies). Dust jacket lightly toned, with rubbing to edges of flap folds and tear to head of spine repaired with binding tape to verso. Very good. Uncommon. Item #987