The Impossible Collection of Fashion

Valerie Steele presents the most iconic fashion dresses that marked the 20th century.

Text: Mariannie Samara

Valerie Steele, the director and chief curator of the Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology, created a unique coffee table book that catches the eye from its external. It is 19 inches high and 15 inches wide and in its 144 pages the whole history of women’s gowns is revealed.

Valerie Steele collected the most amazing dresses from 1900 to 2000; the masterpieces that triggered fashion changes throughout a century of numerous developments in every field of action.

Through the full-page photos and illustrations, fashion lovers will be able to appreciate not only the beauty of the fabulous dresses, but also the evolution of fashion. Readers will realise how closely relevant this is with the change of woman’s position in society. Each and every dress contributed in a way to the liberation of women.

One hundred dresses that inspired a new direction in fashion. Poiret, Doucet, Dior, Pucci, Vionnet, Valentino, Balenciaga, Kawakubo, Madame Gres and Galliano are only some of the designers included.

Take a sneak peak!


The book is available online here


Photos from:, Fashionshooldaily, maisonchaplin.blogspot