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October fashion books

October fashion books explore bodies and photography. Image as a reflection of time is amplified in Fashion Photography: The Story in 180 Pictures by Eugénie Shinkle and In the Eighties: Portraits from Another Time by Derek Ridgers. Body politics on the other hand are at the forefront in Androgyne: Fashion and Gender by Patrick Maoris and The Artificial Body in Fashion and Art by Adam Geczy. Rosie Findlay’s research, that focuses on personal style blogging, combines both of this month’s themes …read more

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October fashion exhibitions

London and New York are spoilt for choice when it comes to fashion exhibitions opening this October. MoMa’s much awaited Items: Is Fashion Modern? takes the 1945 Are Clothes Modern? exhibition as its starting point. Photography exhibitions that explore identity and style are on display at The Somerset House as well as Fashion and Textiles Museum in London and The New Museum in New York. In Paris, Fortuny, a Spaniard in Venice opens at at Palais Galleria …read more

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Future fashion education

Fashion education has been long overdue for an update. Because of the interconnectivity provided by the Internet, the interdisciplinary nature of current fashion and design thinking as well as the changing demands of both the consumers and the fashion discipline at large, new educational philosophies, practices and models are beginning to emerge that challenge dated ways in which fashion should and could be learned. Address contributor Aïcha Abbadi maps some of the most exiting examples of future fashion education …read more

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September fashion books

Materiality of fashion is a central theme uniting fashion books published this September. Julia Bryan-Wilson maps the textile politics in her book Frey. Fashion in Steel by Stefan Krause asks why does the Landsknecht armor of Wilhelm von Rogendorf look the way it does? Textiles, embellishments and 3-dimentionality is embodied in the work of John Galliano, which Robert Fairer has cataloged into a new book. Fashion Ethics by Sue Thomas is an important contributions to the critical discourses around fashion and its material production …read more

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September fashion exhibitions

September exhibitions are primarily focused on the contemporary world of fashion. Curated by Lou Stoppard Fashion Together examines collaboration that have helped to shape the industry. Fashion photographer Jamie Hawkesworth is showcasing a portfolio fashion, landscape, and still-life work at Huis Marseille. The Overworked Body aims to create an anthology of 2000s dress, whilst FIT’s Expedition highlights historical and contemporary examples of fashion inspired by survival clothing …read more

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The Art of In-Between

At first glance, The Art of In-Between (May 4 – September 4, 2017) exhibition, curated by Andrew Bolton, celebrates Comme des Garçons’ designer Rei Kawakubo for challenging western ideas of beauty. Yet, at second glance, a number of problems arise from the way in which the show relies on colonial references. Address contributor Emily McGuire visited the exhibition in New York …read more

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August fashion books

August fashion books take a global perspective on bodily identity signifiers. In her book Entanglement – The Secret Lives Of Hair, Emma Tarlo unravels the intriguing story of human hair and what it tells us about ourselves and society. With the help of leading thinkers in the field, Eternal Erasure questions the globalised material production, distribution and promotion of fashion, whilst Traces maps influences of migration on fashion. A new clothing related book in Bloomsbury’s successful Object Lesson series addresses veils …read more

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August fashion exhibitions

Yet another exhibition dedicated to building and maintaining the legacy of the house of Dior has opened, this time in Melbourne. Meanwhile The Museum for Lace and Fashion in Calais celebrates Christian Dior’s contemporary, Hubert de Givenchy. We have also included section towards the end titled ‘ALSO…’ that aims to highlight thought-provoking exhibitions that explore subjects beyond clothing …read more

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Mended scars

During a time when cheap new clothing is easily available, the lost art of mending is having a revival with diverse practices aiming to transform not only garments but the perceptions people have on repairing and restoring. Instead of seeing them as shameful, drawing on wide variety of examples, Address contributor Aïcha Abbadi suggests that mended scars should be celebrated as a tribute to craft and care as well as visible manifestations of histories …read more

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July fashion books

July fashion books record and address old world glamour and by-gone eras of style. Books about the fashion house Dior that celebrates its 70th anniversary and Lisa Fonssagrives, the most sought-after model in the 50’s and 60’s represent the height of femininity whilst Elizabeth Currie’s book explores fashion and masculinity in Renaissance Florence. Fashion in European Art shows how art can be used to understand the dress of yesteryears …read more

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July fashion exhibitions

In order to enjoy exhibitions that explore fashion and identity, you have to be either in London or Paris this July. To celebrate the 70th anniversary of the creation of the House of Dior, Musée des Arts Décoratifs is putting on a major display that maps the history of this storied fashion brand. The Fashion Space Gallery in London is exhibiting garments that are damaged, worn-out or made from textiles that have perished over time. Meanwhile, The Palais Galleria in Paris pays homage to Dalida whilst London’s White Cube explores the enduring influence of Surrealism through the work of more than fifty women artists …read more

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Second life

Gathering common motivations that unite a broad range of practitioners, ‘Fashion from the Shadows’ -series aims to map alternative approaches to thinking, creating, presenting and discussing fashion. It provides an overview of recent developments in the discipline in order to integrate them into a new and more inclusive fashion system that encourages discussion. Instead of being suppressed, these alternatives broaden fashion’s spectrum of activities and help to provide a more complete understanding of the spirit of the time which fashion has always sought to reflect …read more

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