Tonight, Taschen will celebrate Fashion A-Z, their limited edition fashion encyclopedia by Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology director and chief curator Valerie Steele and noted International Herald Tribune fashion critic Suzy Menkes.
From 7 to 9 pm, Steele will be on hand at the publisher's Beverly Hills boutique to sign copies of the $350 fabric-covered book, which features more than 500 photos culled from FIT's 50,000 piece collection, as well as entries on designers from Alexander McQueen to Yves Saint Laurent and every letter of the alphabet in between.
The book was initially released in December, with Prada, Diane von Furstenberg, Etro, Missoni, Stella McCartney and Akris each creating unique covers for a limited-edition run. The DVF volume, which launched with 1,000 copies, is sold out at Taschen's Beverly Hills boutique as well as on their website. While the Prada's version, which was released with with four different covers depicting diamonds, hearts, flowers and bananas is about depleted, with a mere six copies of the diamond edition left at Taschen's store. Five books covered in Missoni's signature zig zag fabric remain. And a slew of Etro and Stella McCartney varieties will be on hand for tonight's festivities.
Steele will be joined by Montage Beverly Hills in-house stylist Joseph Katz, who will conduct a Q+A with the author about her work.
The signing is open to the public, but space is limited and RSVP is required. Call 310.274.4300 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thursday, March 14. 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., 354 N. Beverly Dr., Beverly Hills. taschen.com