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January fashion books – colour special

This year, Address will be publishing a series of essays exploring the relationship between colour and fashion. To celebrate this, we selected three recently published books that reveal the politics, economics, culture and beauty underneath a spectrum of hues. …read more

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January fashion exhibitions

North in Liverpool provides a fresh take on how to frame an exhibition about fashion and identity outside established fashion capitals of the world with the focus on North of England and its influence on culture. A retrospective of Hubert De Givenchy’s work, on display at The Gemeentemuseum in Hague, is a prelude to a year that will see some of the 20th century grand masters exhibited from Cristobal Balanciaga to Christian Dior. These are just few of the fashion exhibitions worth the visit this January …read more

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December fashion books

December fashion books will literally take you on a journey. First stop is Paris as new stunning coffee table tome surveys the 21st century couturiers that occupy a prime spot in the city fashion scene. American Style and Spirit on the other hand highlights the Wisconsin based Roddis Family’s story told thought their wardrobe. New book by scholar Louise Crewe is a study of fashion economies from a geographer’s perspective. …read more

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December fashion exhibitions

In many ways December fashion exhibitions explore the boundaries of fashion. Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris is putting on a display that maps the rules of fashion from the 14th century to today whilst Black Fashion Designers at The Museum at FIT highlights the lack of diversity in fashion. Late photographer Malick Sidibé’s first solo exhibition in UK tells a social story of Mali through images depicting life and culture. London-based photographer Harley Weir’s first ever solo-exhibition is literally titled ‘Boundaries’ …read more

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Balenciaga menswear s/s 2017 Look 1

Demna Gvasalia of Vetemens fame debuted his menswear collections for Balanciaga this summer. Unfortunately, his take on the sculptural heritage of the house translated into a two-dimensional vision for the future. Jacob Rosengren gives his verdict of the collection by using look 1 as his case study …read more

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November fashion books

November fashion books provide a visual feast. Photogrpaher Inge Morath and Gleb Derujinsky both created their most disguised works during the latter part of the 20th centruy that have now been compiled into lush tomes. Vogue stylist Phyllis Posnick’s visually intriguing work can in turn be explored in her new book Stoppers. Alexander McQueen: Unseen provides a backstage access to the late designers fashion shows …read more

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November fashion exhibitions

The Metropolitan Museum of Art continues to institute its power in defining fashion with an exhibition that maps the canon of fashion history through its own collection. Meanwhile, photographer Jurgen Teller has been given the keys to the Robert Mapplethorpe archives and the result of this is a display of the late photographers work at the Alison Jacques gallery. Hair by Sam McKnight is the first exhibition to contextualise the wider cultural significance of hair and the role of the session stylist within fashion. These are the fashion exhibitions worth a visit this November …read more

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with Otto von Busch

For most consumers, the fashion world represents a democracy. For Otto von Busch it is a dictatorship. Fascinated by the political forces of fashion, Otto has spent the last 10 years researching its complex relationship with agency, civic engagement and participatory design practices. In this third instalment for Fashion Unlearned from Emily McGuire, Otto shares captivating insight into the corruption fuelling the fashion industry, and questions how we might transform our engagement with clothing to create a better world …read more

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curators Sofia Hedman and Serge Martynov

Founders of Museea, Sofia Hedman and Serge Martynov have curated and designed numerous exhibitions in London, New York, Saint Louis, Tokyo and Stockholm. Their latest exhibition Utopian Bodies – Fashion Looks Forward (2015 – 2016) at Liljevachs Museum, Stockholm, was awarded the title ‘Exhibition of the Year 2015’ by The Association of Swedish Museums. Address contributor Flavia Loscialpo asked Sofia and Serge to reflect on their curatorial practice, utopias, and new challenges emerging within contemporary curatorship …read more

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October fashion books

Two fashion diaries will be published this month alongside books about menswear. Vivienne Westwood has penned essays about her life in fashion and involvement with art, politics and the environment whilst Alexandra Shulman shares a glimpse into the life of a Vogue editor. Fashion and travel writer David Coggins airs his thoughts on men’s clothes, manners and other gentlemanly concerns whilst Gestalten publishes a collection of photographs depicting contemporary dandyism …read more

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October fashion exhibitions

This month’s fashion exhibitions explore taste in its various forms. Vulgarity is the subject of major exhibition in London’s Barbican gallery whilst glamour is the theme running through the works of photography duo Mert & Marcus. The exaggerated beauty of garments created by fashion designers Victor and Rolf can be viewed at the National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne …read more

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Uniformity

While uniform design focuses on functionality, control, and tradition, fashion design promotes constant change, creativity, and subversion. Yet throughout history, fashion has drawn inspiration from uniforms of all kinds. This dialogue is the premises of Uniformity, an exhibition on display at the Museum at FIT unit the 19th November. Fashion scholar Rosie Findlay reviewed the exhibit for Address …read more

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