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.
The Story of The Face: The Magazine that Changed Culture by Paul Gorman
Launched by NME editor and Smash Hits creator Nick Logan in 1980, The Face became an icon of “style culture,” the benchmark for the latest trends in art, design, fashion, photography, film, and music being defined by a thriving youth culture.
The Story of The Face tracks the exciting highs and calamitous lows of the life of the magazine in two parts. Part one focuses on the rise of the magazine in the 1980s, highlighting its striking visual identity—embodied by Neville Brody’s era-defining graphic designs, Nick Knight’s dramatic fashion photography, and the “Buffalo” styling of Ray Petr— and its unflinching approach to journalism. Contributors included a host of writers who subsequently made their impact in the wider world, from Julie Burchill, Robert Elms, Tony Parsons, and James Truman to Jon Savage, Richard Benson, and Sheryl Garratt.
Part two shows how in the 1990s, after surviving a disastrous Jason Donovan libel suit, the magazine heralded the post-acid house era of Britpop and Brit Art. However, after the magazine had become the engine of the booming British magazine industry, the end of this decade also saw the eventual demise of The Face. Including an introduction by Dylan Jones, The Story of The Face is an engaging behind-the-scenes look at the rise and fall of one of the 80s and 90s’ most influential music and style publications.
Published by Thames and Hudson
Fashion Curating – Critical Practice in the Museum and Beyond by Annamari Vänskä & Hazel Clark
As the practice of fashion curation extends into commercial galleries, public and retail spaces, and even to the individual self, professional concepts of ‘curating’ are undergoing rapid change. Today, everyone is seemingly able to ‘curate’, but where does this leave the traditional understanding of curation as clothing collected and displayed in a museum?
This thought-provoking volume explores the practice of fashion curating in the 21st century, bridging the gap between methods of display and notions of ‘the curatorial’ in fashion exhibitions, commercial settings, and the virtual world. From fashions earliest forays into the museum to creative collaborations between luxury fashion brands and artists, this book challenges understandings of fashion curation by drawing on the palpably new spaces, places, and actors in todays curating scene.
Exploring poetic and performative museum displays in venues such as the V&A, Somerset House, MoMu and the Royal Ontario Museum, alongside the ways that brands such as Dior, Chanel and Louis Vuitton have made use of ‘the curatorial’ in their own commercial strategies, Fashion Curating asks pressing questions about controversial funding and collaboration from the commercial fashion sector, and the limitations of producing exhibitions that are at the same time critical and popular. Bringing together approaches from fashion curators, designers and world-renowned academics, curation is positioned as a critical practice that opens up new ways of conceptualizing and theorizing fashion, challenging how we think and what we already know.
Published by Bloomsbury
Catwalking: Photographs by Chris Moore by Alexander Fury & Chris Moore
Chris Moore is the undisputed king of catwalk photography. His six-decade career includes images of all the iconic catwalk shows because he was at them all. This is the ultimate and only edit of Moore’s work throughout his career and covering the changing face of the catwalk. Covering each of the decades images are accompanied with essays by award- winning fashion critic Alexander Fury, based on extensive interviews with Moore, exploring Moore’s career along with key catwalk moments. From Coco Chanel’s final show to Galliano’s graduation, supermodels to showstoppers, McQueen to Versace and more Catwalking presents the definitive catwalk highlights captured by the man who has seen and shot it all.
Published by Laurence King
Worn in New York: 68 Sartorial Memoirs of the City by Emily Spivack
These and over sixty other clothing-inspired narratives make up Worn in New York, the latest volume from New York Times bestselling author Emily Spivack. In these first-person accounts, contributors in and out of the public eye share surprising, personal, wild, poignant, and funny stories behind a piece of clothing that reminds them of a significant moment of their New York lives. Worn in New York offers a contemporary cultural history of the city–its changing identity, temper, and tone, and its irrepressible vitality–by paying tribute to these well-loved clothes and the people who wore them.
Published by Abrams