Fashion & Beauty

Zadig & Voltaire: Established 1997 in Paris

The first monograph on the contemporary French fashion brand Zadig & Voltaire, published on the occasion of its 25th anniversary.

Synonymous with an effortless rock and roll style, Zadig & Voltaire is a Paris-based French fashion brand founded by Thierry Gillier in 1997. With the brand’s name and ethos inspired by the 1747 philosophical novella Zadig, or The Book of Fate, by the French philosopher Voltaire, Gillier seeks to infuse the house with the optimism and modernity that permeates the story. Informed by a modern approach to luxury, the brand’s signature designs blur the boundaries between masculine and feminine, exuding a rebellious spirit and sense of modern cool.

This highly anticipated debut monograph presents Zadig & Voltaire’s history through its most memorable collections, advertising campaigns, and iconic moments. Illustrated with evocative photographs captured by some of the most renowned names in fashion photography, such as Inez & Vinoodh and Olivier Zahm, readers discover the influences and inspirations behind Gillier’s unique vision. Featuring three different types of paper—uncoated for black-and-white photographs; coated for images of design objects; and tipped-in inserts that reproduce the complete text of Zadig across 64 pages, this exceptional piece of bookmaking is a must-have addition to the libraries of fashion aficionados everywhere.

About The Author

Thierry Gillier is a French entrepreneur. He is the founder of Zadig & Voltaire. Nicole Phelps is the Global Director of Vogue Runway and Vogue Business.

  • Publish Date: October 03, 2023
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Category: Design - Fashion & Accessories
  • Publisher: Rizzoli
  • Trim Size: 8-1/2 x 12
  • Pages: 320
  • US Price: $75.00
  • CDN Price: $100.00
  • ISBN: 978-0-8478-7368-5


"'Life is not a straight road—ups and downs—but it’s my way,' reads Thierry Gillier’s note jotted onto a Château Voltaire memo pad. Little did Gillier know when he dashed this off in the late ’90s that this note would serve as an opening to a book covering the decades-long journey of his passion project and one of fashion’s favorite cult brands. In Zadig & Voltaire: Established 1997 in Paris, the knitwear rebel and global director of Vogue Runway Nicole Phelps discusses the French brand’s most iconic moments. Captured by the lenses of photographic icons such as Olivier Zahm and the deft duo behind V’s very own current September covers, Inez & Vinoodh, this marvelous monograph oozes sensuality with divinely undone imagery. There’s even a little insider knowledge from the designer himself, with notes on his influences and inspirations. It all started with some cashmere,
a defiant spirit, and a dash of rock ‘n’ roll—and the rest is history." —V MAGAZINE

Author Bookshelf: Nicole Phelps