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. 


 

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Dior Catwalk – The Complete Collections by Alexander Fury and Adélia Sabatini

On the 70th anniversary of Dior’s first ever collection (the iconic ‘New Look’, launched in spring 1947), this book charts Christian Dior’s fabled collections and those of his successors Yves Saint Laurent, Marc Bohan, Gianfranco Ferré, John Galliano, and Raf Simons, as well as Maria Grazia Chiuri’s debut presentations for the house.

Every haute couture collection is represented, as are ready-to-wear collections from the arrival of John Galliano onwards. Complete with an introduction and designer profiles by Alexander Fury, this book offers a unique opportunity to chart the development of one of the most influential and luxurious fashion brands of all time and discover rarely seen creations.

With over 1,100 images, this treasure trove of inspiration will be the must-have reference for all fashion professionals and Dior fans.

Published by Thames and Hudson

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Fashion in European Art: Dress and Identity, Politics and the Body, 1775-1925 edited by Justine de Young

Fashion reveals not only who we are, but whom we aspire to be. From 1775 to 1925, artists in Europe were especially attuned to the gaps between appearance and reality, participating in and often critiquing the making of the self and the image. Reading their portrayals of modern life with an eye to fashion and dress reveals a world of complex calculations and subtle signals. Extensively illustrated, Fashion in European Art explores the significance of historical dress over this period of upheaval, as well as the lived experience of dress and its representation. Drawing on visual sources that extend from paintings and photographs to fashion plates, caricatures and advertisements, the expert contributors consider how artists and their sitters engaged with the fashion and culture of their times. They explore the politics of dress, its inspirations and the reactions it provoked, as well as the many meanings of fashion in European art, revealing its importance in understanding modernity itself.

Published by I. B. Tauris


 

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Fashion and Masculinity in Renaissance Florence by Elizabeth Currie

Dress became a testing ground for masculine ideals in Renaissance Italy. With the establishment of the ducal regime in Florence in 1530, there was increasing debate about how to be a nobleman. Was fashionable clothing a sign of magnificence or a source of mockery? Was the graceful courtier virile or effeminate? How could a man dress for court without bankrupting himself? This book explores the whole story of clothing, from the tailor’s workshop to spectacular court festivities, to show how the male nobility in one of Italy’s main textile production centers used their appearances to project social, sexual, and professional identities.
Sixteenth-century male fashion is often associated with swagger and ostentation but this book shows that Florentine clothing reflected manhood at a much deeper level, communicating a very Italian spectrum of male virtues and vices, from honor, courage, and restraint to luxury and excess. Situating dress at the heart of identity formation, Currie traces these codes through an array of sources, including unpublished archival records, surviving garments, portraiture, poetry, and personal correspondence between the Medici and their courtiers.

Addressing important themes such as gender, politics, and consumption, Fashion and Masculinity in Renaissance Florence sheds fresh light on the sartorial culture of the Florentine court and Italy as a whole.

Published by Bloomsbury


 

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Lisa Fonssagrives: Three Decades of Classic Fashion Photography by David Seidner

One of the most beautiful books on the history of fashion ever produced is now back in print. Swedish by birth, Parisian by inclination, and American following her 1950 marriage to Irving Penn, Lisa Fonssagrives was, for three decades, the most sought-after model of fashion photography. She posed for Man Ray, Erwin Blumenfeld, Louise Dahl- Wolfe, Norman Parkinson, Richard Avedon, for her first husband Fernand Fonssagrives, her fellow European immigrant Horst P. Horst, and, of course, her second husband Irving Penn. Compiled and arranged by fashion photographer David Seidner in 1997, the book draws upon a collection of photographs which once belonged to Lisa Fonssagrives. It is an opulently produced homage to the first supermodel in the history of fashion and a nostalgic look back on the Golden Age of fashion photography in the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s.

Published by Schirmer/Mosel Verlag


 

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