Olivier Theyskens - She Walks in Beauty

Author(s): Kaat Debo

contemporary fashion

The first complete monograph on Olivier Theyskens surveys his twenty-year career and documents the highly anticipated return of his eponymous label.

Olivier Theyskens's refined sensibilities earned him international acclaim as the dark prince of late 1990s couture. From his first saturnine collections, to his new vision for Rochas, to his patterns and textiles at Nina Ricci, to his years designing for Theyskens' Theory, the designer has proved himself a master of couture, semi-couture, and pr t- -porter. Celebrated for his fine tailoring, romantic silhouettes, and gothic palette, Theyskens transforms each house he helms. This distinctive volume charts the twenty-year development of an extraordinary aesthetic vision, rendered across countries, cultures, and the shifting sands of the fashion landscape.


Newly commissioned texts connect the threads of the Belgian-born artist's diverse practice. Drawings created for the publication accompany photography from each period of his career. At both Rochas and Nina Ricci, the designer crafted ethereal garments with unorthodox silhouettes, mixing sheer fabrics and old-world bustles with subtly subversive punk elements. Theyskens then broke ground in 2011 with his trailblazing partnership, Theyskens' Theory. With a special focus on the designer's return to the runway at the head of his own line, this is the definitive work on a fashion visionary who, like the girls he designs for, changes form, but walks in beauty wherever he goes.


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Lydia Kamits is a conservationist at the Musee de la Mode et du Textile in Paris, teaches at the University of the Sorbonne, and has written Madeleine Vionnet and Paco Rabanne. Karen Van Godtsenhoven is curator of Antwerp's ModeMuseum. Vanessa Friedman is the Fashion Director & Chief Fashion Critic of The New York Times. Dan Thawley is Editor in Chief of A Magazine Curated By. He writes for Vogue, Vogue Italia, Interview Magazine, i-D, GQ China, AnOther Magazine, *Wallpaper, and New York's Magazine The Cut. Wim Mertens is a Flemish Belgian composer and musicologist. Elisa De Wyngaert is curator of Antwerp's ModeMuseum. Kaat Debo is director of Antwerp's ModeMuseum. She is an expert on Belgian fashion and has curated over 20 exhibitions.

General Fields

  • : 9780847862467
  • : Rizzoli International Publications, Incorporated
  • : Rizzoli International Publications, Incorporated
  • : February 2018
  • : February 2018
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Kaat Debo
  • : Hardback
  • : 272