|Charles James, Clover Dress,|
|Rucci fashion Sketch|
|Rucci, 2003 haute couture collection|
Recollections: "If Dior is the Watteau of dressmaking-full of nuances, chic, delicate and timely-then Balenciaga is fashion's Picasso. For like that painter, underneath all of his experiments with the modern, Balenciaga has a deep respect for tradition and a pure classic line." Cecil Beaton
If Beaton were alive today, he would have to re-address this quote and make mention of Chado Ralph Rucci.
|Balenciaga Tweed Suit|
In his tailored garments, Rucci has developed an open seam, garment inserts, and at times a mosaic of piecing, a technique that is highly distinctive to his work. Often the garment appears to be made up of cloth "tesserae" linked together with threads or 'brides" as seen in traditional lace making or faggoting inserts. These details create a surface embellishment and construction detail in one, giving the garment an architectural nature of its own.
|Balenciaga, flamenco influences|
|Vivian Vance and Lucille Ball, "I Love Lucy"|
Luckily a publication of his work exists. "Ralph Rucci: The Art of Weightlessness" ISBN 978-0-300-12278-7