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.   


 

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Erik Madigan Heck – Old Future by Erik Heck

The influence of art, notably painting, is a thread that runs through the history of fashion photography. From Edward Steichen, Irving Penn, and Horst P. Horst to Guy Bourdin and Sarah Moon, the great fashion photographers have often positioned their work as art. Erik Madigan Heck’s work explores this intersection of fashion, painting, and classical portraiture.

Erik Madigan Heck: Old Future presents more than 100 photographs in a flowing, chromatic sequence. The photographs featured—published in the New York Times Magazine, New York, Harper’s Bazaar UK, Porter, and more—show his range and vivid use of color, and his ability to produce evocative and seductive images that are simultaneously timeless and futuristic. With essays by Susan Bright and Justine Picardie that look at Heck’s place within the realms of both art photography and fashion, this book is the essential introduction to a future master of fashion photography.

Published by Abrams


 

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Avedon’s France – Old World, New Look by Robert Rubin and Marianne Le Galliard

Exploring Richard Avedon’s fascination with France, Avedon’s France brings together a collection of spectacular photographs; selected interviews, letters, publications, and writings (including new material from the Avedon Foundation archives); and substantive essays by the authors.

In addition to five portfolios of French sitters spanning a lifetime of portraiture, it looks at Avedon’s apprenticeship to his mentor, Alexei Brodovitch; his encounters with French fashion; his idealized version of Paris in the movie Funny Face; his fresh take on the belle epoque in his book on Jacques-Henri Lartigue, Diary of a Century; and his fruitful association with the magazine Egoïste later in his life.

Avedon’s France offers a full account of Avedon’s restless pursuit of new ways of looking at the world, and it reveals a master image maker, a true artist for his time.

Published by Abrams


 

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Yves Saint Laurent: The Scandal Collection, 1971 By Olivier Saillard, and Dominique Veillon

On January 21, 1971, couturier Yves Saint Laurent presented his Spring-Summer haute couture collection. Inspired by the garments of the war years, the collection included short dresses, platform shoes, square shoulders, and exaggerated makeup. The show caused an outrage among the public, the critics, and the press alike, earning it the title of “Paris’s ugliest collection.” Nevertheless, the haute couture designs of the runway made their way to the boulevards, giving full sway to the “retro” trend that quickly conquered the streets.

Yves Saint Laurent: The Scandal Collection, 1971 offers a behind-the-scenes look at the influential collection that “drew fire in the fashion world”—from the collection’s inspiration to the press coverage that followed. Beautifully illustrated and documented with well-researched essays, this book is enriched with personal interviews and archival photographs of the show, the models, the designs, and the textile and print samples, as well as sketches and international press clippings.

Published by Abrams


 

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Fashion Forward: 300 Years of Fashion by Pierré Berge, Olivier Gabet, Pamela Golbin and Denis Bruna

This handsome volume is published to accompany a major exhibition that chronicles fashion from the seventeenth century to the present. Featuring three hundred iconic pieces, it highlights key moments in fashion history and provides new insight into the designers, patrons, and groundbreaking techniques and materials. It also explores how fashion has always been intertwined with both fine art and the decorative arts. Many of the great couturiers were known for this artistic cross-pollination, including such towering figures as Jeanne Lanvin, Madeleine Vionnet, Gabrielle Chanel, Christian Dior, and Yves Saint Laurent.

Re-created here are a number of fashion inflection points illustrating fashion’s  elective affinities  with other disciplines. Eighteenth-century wood paneling, scenic wallpapers by Zuber, and Paul Iribe’s drawings for Paul Poiret, among other examples, provide perfect settings for fashion’s stylistic metamorphoses culminating in the effervescence and eclecticism of today’s global fashion scene.

Published by Rizzoli


 

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