April fashion books focus on identity and the many ways it manifests itself in the contemporary world in clothing. The relationship between national identity and dress is explored in Delft Blue to Denim Blue: Contemporary Dutch Fashion and The Social Life of Kimono – Japanese Fashion Past and Present. The way in which identity is represented on social media is highlighted in Marko McPherson visual book titled Digital Girls: The Style of Fashion’s New Tribe.
Delft Blue to Denim Blue: Contemporary Dutch Fashion edited by Anneke Smelik
Contemporary fashion in the Netherlands shows a unique mix of playful individualism, conceptual strength, and organisational innovation. Delft Blue to Denim Blue maps the landscape of Dutch fashion in all its rich variety and complexity. Luxuriously illustrated in colour, the book uncovers the cultural roots of Dutch fashion in a globalized context. The authors debunk myths surrounding Dutch fashion, dig up new facts and stories, and explore the creative relation of fashion design to cultural heritage. Written by experts in the field, Delft Blue to Denim Blue gives a rich overview of designers, ranging from G-Star jeans, and affordable retailer C&A, to a savvy brand like Vanilia, and from the famous designer duo Viktor&Rolf to a futuristic designer like Iris van Herpen. The book assesses the diversity of Dutch fashion designers, firms and brands in their historical and cultural contexts.
Published by I.B.Tauris
The Social Life of Kimono – Japanese Fashion Past and Present by Sheila Cliffe
The kimono is an iconic garment with a history as rich and colourful as the textiles from which it is crafted. Deeply associated with Japanese culture both past and present, it has often been thought of as a highly gendered, rigidly traditional and unchanging national costume. This book challenges that perception, revealing the nuanced meanings and messages behind the kimono from the point of view of its wearers and producers, many of whom – both men and women – see the garment as a vehicle for self-expression.
Taking a material culture approach, The Social Life of Kimono is the first study to combine the history of the kimono as a fashionable garment with an in-depth exploration of its multifaceted role today on both the street and the catwalk. Through case studies covering historical advertising campaigns, fashion magazines, interviews with contemporary kimono designers, large scale and small craft producers, and consumers who choose to wear them, The Social Life of Kimono gives a unique insight into making and meaning of this complex garment.
Published by Bloomsbury
Dandy Lion: The Black Dandy and Street Style by Shantrelle P Lewis
Suits that pop with loud colors and dazzling patterns, complete with a nearly ubiquitous bowtie, define the style of the new “dandy.” Described as “high-styled rebels” by author Shantrelle P. Lewis, black men with a penchant for color and refined fashion, both new and vintage, have gained popular attention in recent years, influencing mainstream fashion. But black dandyism itself is not new; originating in Enlightenment England’s slave culture, it has continued for generations in black cultures around the world.
Now, set against the backdrop of hip-hop culture, this iteration of dandies is redefining what it means to be black, masculine, and fashionable. Dandy Lion presents and celebrates individual dandy personalities, designers and tailors, movements and events that define contemporary dandyism. Throughout the book, self-expression is communicated through personal style, clothing, shoes, hats, and swagger. Lewis’s carefully curated selection of contemporary photographs surveys the movement across the globe in spectacular form, with all of the vibrant patterns, electrifying colors, and fanciful poses of this brilliant style subculture.
Published by Aperture
Digital Girls: The Style of Fashion’s New Tribe by Marko MacPherson
The fashion media landscape has evolved drastically with the emergence of fashion s newest vanguard of pioneering women, whose unique takes on fashion and beauty have propelled them to become true powerhouse personalities via their blogs, websites, and social-media profiles. These independent digital influencers, who sit in the front row of fashion shows, front major brand campaigns, and collaborate with luxury brands whose sense of fashion and style thousands of followers now aspire to have turned their online personalities into household names.
Through intimate interviews and stunning photography by Marko MacPherson, this book presents to readers the worlds of these stylish mavens and how they dress and style themselves, whether filming a beauty video for YouTube, directing a fashion shoot, working from home on a blog, or on the streets flaunting their signature look. A marker of its time, Digit@l Girls features today s top social-media stars, such as Leandra Medine (The Man Repeller website), Chiara Ferragni (The Blonde Salad website), Ascia Al Faraj (Kuwait fashion blogger and YouTube star), and Andreja Pejic (notable transgender model/actor). This of-the-moment volume is a must-have for fashionistas, beauty lovers, and those interested in following or following in the footsteps of these inspirational women.
Published by Rizzoli