Accessories created by the great designers provide not only enormous pleasure but also offer a crystallized image of their creator's vision. This volume celebrates the visionary hats, bags, shoes, belts, scarves, gloves and jewels fashioned by deigners of the 20th century, beginning with Poiret, Vionnet, Chanel and Schiaparelli and continuing through to Azzedine Alaia, Jean Paul Gaultier, Moschino and Vivienne Westwood. From Poiret's Scheherazade turban to Galliano's camouflage saddle bag, the couture accessory can be an evocative sign of the times. The book examines the contibutions of the individual designers as well as capturing pivotal moments in 20th-century fashion.
Caroline Rennolds Milbank, formerly the head of the costume department at Sotheby's, works in New York as a consultant and appraiser of antique and couturier clothing for museums, auction galleries, and collectors. She lives in New York. David Corio is a photographer based in New York City.