Ralph Rucci: the Art of Weightlessness
New Haven, CT: Yale UP, c2007.
224 p.

Today's feature is an exhibition catalogue with more than 150 images and essays by Valerie Steele, Patricia Mears, and Clare Sauro. It's called Ralph Rucci: the Art of Weightlessness, and is an oversize hardcover book. Just as elaborate and expensive as his clothing requires! 

There are three essays about his beginnings and way of working, his techniques and artistry, and a finisher talking about accessories. 

Interspersed are large photos of some of the garments mentioned, and those which show off the specific techniques he is known for. I found it worked very well together -- the images are so large and close up that you really gain an understanding of how his ideas and theories come to life in actual cloth. Books are good for this - going in depth and giving you the time... [read more]