From the success of French fashion to fast fashion and the impact of coronavirus.

This is the new edition, once again edited by Sofia Gnoli, of the book Moda. Dalla nascita dell’haute coure a oggi, published by Carocci as part of the Le Sfere series. The title translates as “Fashion. From the birth of haute couture to the present”, and the starting point is still the same, the French domination of fashion in the second half of the nineteenth century, though the new edition goes all the way up to the present.

The volume looks back over the history of modern fashion since Charles Frederick Worth became the first tailor who was not a mere artisan but a fashion designer. The book covers this history all the way up to the present day, with a special focus on Italy, including profiles of the world’s most important designers, from Chanel to Dior and from Valentino to Armani, reconstructing key steps in the evolution of fashion and the transition from haute couture to pret-à-porter and the global fashion industry. In addition to discussing various issues, such as autarchy and haute couture, and designers such as Elsa Schiaparelli and Cristobal Balenciaga, the new additions to the second edition of the volume cover Lucile, Charles James, Federico Forquet and Pino Lancetti, among others. Plenty of space is dedicated to topics of current interest, such as fast fashion, heritage, sustainability, the change in creative directors and the impact of Coronavirus on the fashion industry.