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

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

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

March fashion exhibitions

Juxtapositions and bodies are the central themes running through all the fashion exhibitions opening this month. Fashion designer JW Anderson has curated an exhibition at The Hepworth Wakefield that combines sculpture and fashion as a way to examine human form. The same approach has been employed at the Musée Bourdelle where Cristóbal Balenciaga’s work is on display. Artists Gillian Wearing and Claude Cahun work has been placed in dialogue at the National Portrait Gallery in London to highlight their interest in gender and performance. …read more

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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