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Gucci ‘Hortus Sanitatis’ by Derek Ridgers. — Picture courtesy of IDEA Books Ltd. / www.ideanow.onlineGucci ‘Hortus Sanitatis’ by Derek Ridgers. — Picture courtesy of IDEA Books Ltd. / www.ideanow.onlineMILAN, June 28 — Italian luxury label Gucci is poised to launch a limited-edition book next week, showcasing the label's pre-fall collection, with images lensed by photographer Derek Ridgers.

The tome, titled Hortus Sanitatis — which means "The Garden of Health" in Latin — takes its name from the first natural history encyclopaedia, published in 1485 in Germany.

Encased in a pale-blue cover with gold foil detailing, which also embellish the page edges of the entire tome, the book comes with a red cotton pouch showcasing a skull and crossbones and will be restricted to a limited print-run of 1,000 copies.

Within its pages are a series of black-and-white and colour images portraying male and female models sporting outfits of the label's pre-fall collection, shot in historical locations in Rome by Ridgers.

The publication will be available for purchase from July 5, with a price tag of £75 (RM412) starting from July 5th, with an official launch to take place at the Comme des Garçons Trading Museum in Paris, complete with a special book-signing event.

Gucci's Hortus Sanitatis will then be made available at select locations worldwide, including Colette in Paris; Dover Street Market and Dashwood in New York; Arcana in Los Angeles; Dover Street Market in London; Daikanyama T-Site in Tokyo; 10 Corso Como in Milan; Minishop in Madrid; Wer-Haus in Barcelona; Addicted and Boon the Shopi n Seoul, among others (via WWD). — AFP-Relaxnews

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