New York: Harry N. Abrams, 2001. First Edition. 4to. 187,  pp. Index. 309 illustrations, including 163 plates in full color. Black cloth in color printed dustjacket. Small mark to front free endpaper else a fine copy. Item #20850
A well illustrated and complete survey of Fortuny's life and work. The legendary textile and clothing designer Mariano Fortuny (1871 - 1949) was a leading artist of the Gilded Age. Living and working in Venice and Paris, he specialized in spectacular luxury fabrics based on Renaissance, Byzantine, and Art Nouveau patterns. His most famous creations were the unique pleated-silk Delphos dress, designed to cling sensuously to the body, and flowing scarves of the same material. Isadora Duncan and Eleanora Duse wore his dresses; Orson Welles made costumes from his textiles for the film 'Othello'.