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December fashion books

In order to help you with the inevitable problem of what to give to that fashionable friend with a references library that includes most fashion related books, we have selected four present worthy books that have been published in recent months. Perhaps a photography book about Cecil Beaton or Petra Collins for the visually curious? The House of Worth, 1858-1954: The Birth of Haute Couture is a must for fashion and consume historians. Alternatively, a book that highlights the work of Caroline Broached is sure to please anyone interested in textiles, jewellery and wearable objects …read more

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December fashion exhibitions

Three photography heavy-weights, who have helped to define the look of fashion photography during the course of the last century, have solo exhibitions dedicated to their work – Baron Adolf de Meyer and Richard Alvedon are on display in New York whilst Juergen Teller is in London. The Body: Fashion and Physique at The Museum of FIT explores the complex history of the ‘ideal’ fashion body and the variety of body shapes that have been considered fashionable from the eighteenth century to the present. A number of dresses owned by Grayson Perry are on display at Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool. …read more

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‘Posturing: Photographing the Body in Fashion’ exhibition

Body, one of the central elements in fashion, has always been a site of fascination and intrigue but also controversy and debate. In order to continue this deeply rooted dialogue that manifests in imagery, Shonagh Marshall and Holly Hay co-curated a photography exhibition titled Posturing: Photographing the Body in Fashion that was on display at 10 Thurloe Place in London earlier this November. Abi Buller visited the exhibition for Address …read more

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‘Get a Room’ exhibition

New York based design laboratory Ab[Screenwear] attempts to extend the dialogue between technology, body and garments. Recently, the fashion label took over a gallery space to display their wears in an installation-cum-fashion-retail set up. Alexis Romano went to see the presentation titled Get a Room at the Postmasters Gallery in New York …read more

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Alternative Fashion Media

New alternatives are challenging the often dated, uncritical and merely promotional purpose of fashion media by widening the discourses and representations around fashion. As part of the on-going ‘Fashion from the Shadows’ series, Address contributor Aïcha Abbadi selects the most interesting examples of alternative fashion media around at the moment …read more

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November fashion books

November fashion books share a theme in that they are all about fashion narratives. Long-awaited book by Paul Gorman tells the story of Face magazine that shaped youth culture in Britain during the 80’s and 90’s. Catwalking collates six-decade worth of seminal catwalk photography by Chris Moore whilst Fashion Curating by Annamari Vänskä and Hazel Clark is about the curatorial practices within the context of fashion. Worn in New York: 68 Sartorial Memoirs of the City by Emily Spivack is a sequel to the Worn series with first-person accounts about clothing …read more

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November fashion exhibitions

First exhibited the Open Galley in Liverpool, North: Fashioning Identity exhibition that highlights the artistic and stylistic representations of the north of England is travelling to south and will be on view at London’s Somerset House. Meanwhile, Antwerp’s fashion museum presents the darkly romantic work of Belgian designer Olivier Theyskens before the museum closes for refurbishment. Museum Angewandte Kunst in Frankfurt is putting on the first ever solo exhibition for designer Jil Sander …read more

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‘Items: Is Fashion Modern?’ exhibition

In 1944, New York’s Museum of Modern Art staged its first and up until recently, the only exhibition dedicated to the things we wear on our bodies titled Are Clothes Modern? Responding to this seminal exhibition, curated by writer and architect Bernard Rudofsky, MoMA’s Architecture and Design Curator Paola Antonelli has staged a show titled Item: Is Fashion Modern? After visiting the exhibition, Address contributor Kate Sekules asks: is this a modern exhibition, and is it about fashion? …read more

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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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