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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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June fashion books

June fashion books focus on fashion and the everyday. Terry Newman’s Legendary Authors and the Clothes They Wore examines fifty revered writers whose work and dress bears an idiosyncratic stamp influencing culture today whilst Giulia Pivetta’s book maps the history of women’s hairstyles. Social Psychology of Dress offers ways to make sense of the relationships between dress and human behaviour; and Amy Twigger Holroyd tells the story of creating and wearing homemade clothes …read more

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June fashion exhibitions

In June, two important designer-focused retrospectives will go on display in London – one about Balenciaga and the other about Anna Sui. Against these traditional showcases that one has come to expect when the subject is fashion, the other two exhibitions opening this month are more experimental and intriguing. At Textile Museum in Tilburg, The Netherlands, curators Lidewij Edelkoort and Philip Fimmano bring attention to sustainability with their Earth Matters showcase. Olivier Saillard’s latest exhibit at Galleria del Costume of Palazzo Pitti focuses on ephemerality of fashion …read more

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May fashion exhibitions

A number of exciting fashion exhibitions are opening in New York this month. Avant-garde, anti-fashion and clothing beyond style are the main themes that unit these showcases. Whilst Met’s Comme des Garcons exhibition is bound to dominate the headlines and to pull in spectators, it is worth paying a visit to fashion after Fashion at the Museum of Arts and Design along with Georgia O’Keeffe: Living Modern at Brooklyn Museum for their more intriguing offering …read more

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April fashion books

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 …read more

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April fashion exhibitions

A number of ‘must-see’ fashion exhibition open this April. ModeMuseum offers a new perspective on the work of Martin Margiela’s by focusing on his tenure at Hermès from 1997 to 2003. Meanwhile, the Chatsworth stately home acts as a backdrop and the subject for an exhibition that uses fashion and clothing as its narrative tool. Retrospective at the Metropolitan Museum of Art marks the centennial of the fashion photographer Irving Penn’s birth …read more

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March fashion books

March is all about major coffee table tomes. Fashion photographer Erik Madigan Heck’s painterly images have been brought together into a charming collection, whilst Richard Avedon’s fascination with France is documented through photographs, selected interviews, letters, publications, and writings. Two recent exhibitions held in Paris focusing on Yves Saint Laurent’s scandalous 1971 collection and 300 years of past fashions have been turned into handsome catalogues …read more

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