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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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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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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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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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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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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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