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By Simone Sutnick

Olivier Theyskens: She Walks in Beauty
Belgian fashion designer Olivier Theyskens is the subject of Antwerp’s ModeMuseum current exhibition, on view through March. The exhibition and its accompanying catalogue examine the evolution of Theyskens’s career of 20 years in the fashion industry, from the time he emerged onto the scene in 1998 to his celebrated partnership with Theory in 2011 and later the re-launch of his eponymous brand. (Rizzoli)


Fashion mavens Ines de la Fressange, Christene Barberich, Leandra Medine and Arianna Piazza provide a fresh look at one of the most revered designers in the history of fashion, Roger Vivier. The celebrated designer’s illustrious career is marked by iconic creations such as the stiletto heel and the pilgrim pumps as worn by Catherine Deneuve. The book, to be released by Rizzoli in May, will provide a uniquely contemporary understanding of Vivier’s lasting legacy. (Rizzoli)


The White Horse
This May, acclaimed British photographer Mary McCartney will share an intimate look at her relationship with an unexpected subject: her white stallion, Alejandro. Composed portraits and candid shots reveal the bond between the photographer and her beloved horse, set in the countryside of Sussex, where McCartney grew up. Taken over the course of a year, the photographs carry the dynamic energy of the stunning creature, tenderly captured by its owner. (Rizzoli)


Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott
Taschen’s newly released Collector’s Edition—1,250 copies plus 240 artist’s proofs—contains about 300 vibrant images from the duo’s oeuvre, such as photographs of Kate Moss, Gisele Bündchen and Naomi Campbell for brands like Miu Miu, Gucci and Saint Laurent, among many others. Copies 1-250 include an original print signed by Mert and Marcus. (Taschen)


Egon Schiele
Egon Schiele, a disciple of Gustav Klimt, is considered one of the defining artists of early 20th-century Modernist painting. This complete catalogue of works by the celebrated Austrian painter is comprised of 221 paintings and 146 drawings in large format. Newly photographed works accompanied by insightful essays as well as some of Schiele’s own personal writings and poems provide a reinvigorated look at the brutally honest and often grotesquely beautiful works of the artist’s short-lived yet influential career. (Taschen)


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