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The latest from Thames & Hudson’s hugely successful runway book series, Chloé Catwalk delves into the rich archives of the French fashion house, offering a rare glimpse into its illustriou­s seven-decade history. Founded by the Egyptian-born, Parisian designer Gaby Aghion in 1952, Chloé conjured clothes that women could both live and work in, helping to pioneer the revolution­ary concept of prêt-à-porter, or ready to wear. Its influence has loomed large ever since: Karl Lagerfeld succeeded Aghion as creative director, remaining on and off from 1964 to 1997; then Stella McCartney took the helm producing collection­s emblematic of the new millennium. Spotlighti­ng the work of Martine Sitbon, Phoebe Philo and Clare Waight Keller, it also looks at current incumbent, Gabriela Hearst, who joined in December 2020. However directiona­l the vision these designers bring to Chloé, this book is a testament to Aghion’s mission: ‘All I ever wanted was for Chloé to have a happy spirit and to make people happy,’ she once said. Featuring 1,100 looks that mirror that sentiment, Chloé Catwalk is a suitably celebrator­y tribute to its founder — and future. ‘Chloé Catwalk’, £60 (Thames & Hudson)

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