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Tag: Francois Berthoud

Visionaire 17 – Gold

In 1996, Visionaire released one of their most creatively adventurous and expensively made issues to date, Gold (sometimes mistakenly called Sun Beams). In this issue a wide variety of techniques were used to convey the theme, including holograms, foil stamping, origami, sculpture, gilding and embossing. The collection of loose leaf works came housed in a box designed by Greg Foley which had a hologram at its centre. Opening the box you were greeted by a gilded halo designed by Todd Oldham and a small booklet entitled Midas Touch which included foil stamped fingerprints of fashion’s most famous (Azzedine Alaia and Linda Evangelista to name just two). Exploring further, there were a collection of gold stars on multiple pages of vellum by Philip Taaffe as well as works by Francois Berthoud, Mats Gustafson, Jean Paul-Goude and Andy Warhol. There was also a gatefold tribute to Goldfinger and a booklet by Lamsweerde and Matadin that featured gold stamping over four-colour prints. The issue was limited to 2,500 copies, which at the time was a significant leap in number for Visionaire. Unsurprisingly this issue is hard to come by and has increased considerably in value!

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Visionaire 33: Touch – In Collaboration with Fendi

This is one of my favourite Visionaires as it really shows what Visionaire is all about, pushing the boundaries of publishing through use of multimedia.  In this issue Visionaire collaborated with the illustrator Francois Berthoud and luxury fashion house Fendi to interpret looks from the autumn/winter 2000-2001 collections. The issue used a number of different printing and appliqué techniques such as glow in the dark, pop-up, flocking and foil-stamping to present pieces from designers such as Alexander McQueen, Viktor and Rolf, Chanel, John Galliano and Helmut Lang. The unbound cards came wrapped in a pony skin inside a gold lattice work metal box and are large in size (53cmx25cm). The issue was produced in an edition size of 4400.

Visionaire 33 - Touch Fendi

Visionaire 33 - Touch Fendi

Visionaire 33 - Touch Alexander McQueen

Alexander McQueen

Visionaire 33 - Touch Fendi


Visionaire 33 - Touch Junya Watanabe

Junya Watanabe

Visionaire 33 - Touch Philip Treacy

Philip Treacy

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