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Karl LAGERFELD "Visionaire 23: The Emperor's New Clothes" 1997 Photo Portfolio

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Karl LAGERFELD, photographer. "Visionaire 23: The Emperor's New Clothes." New York: Visionaire Publishing, 1997, Hinged Wooden Box with paper label, 42 individual sepia-toned plates between two velvet covers tied with a satin ribbon and laid into a custom wooden case, 39 cm x 33 cm, Limited Edition of 5000 numbered copies.

"This was our nude issue. Setting fashion aside but keeping style intact, fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld picked up his camera for Visionaire and photographed fifty of the world’s most beautiful people. Over the course of nine months, ensconced in his private Paris studio, he captured men and women as they shed their clothes to reveal their true physiques - and their true selves. Subjects included supermodels Amber Valletta, Linda Evangelista, and Karen Elson, actors Rupert Everett, Julie Delpy, and Demi Moore, industrial designer Marc Newson, and New York City Ballet’s principle dancer Nikolaj Hubbe. Presented in a custom-designed, blond-wood painter’s box, the rich, sepia-toned prints were packaged like bon bons, with chocolate-colored flock and ribbon."--publisher

Condition: Excellent.

I am guessing that this example was intended for the Japanese market since 12 of the male images have dark shadow censorings that are not present on the example pics on the Visionaire site. These prints with the "censor-shadows" are not applied after-the-fact but in the printing. If you want this item for the images of the men then this version is not for you. Perhaps this Japanese version has some unique value since it must be scarcer than the Western versions. I really don't know and don't see any info online and this is the only example I have ever seen personally - first time selling this item. If the famous female images are your concern then I think this one is alright.

Shipping costs: International EMS (express mail service) delivery estimated within 2-4 days - $54.00 (USA), $62.00 (Europe). Shipping weight: approx. 2900g.

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