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post #106 of 140
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I'll post photos of Neue Welt so you can see if you want it

That would be great!

 

Anyway, less talk more pics

 

A few pages from Illuminance, by Rinko Kawauchi:

 

 

 

 

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The pictures really don't do it justice, you really need to hold this book in your hand to appreciate it, the printing, paper, binding etc. are all incredible.

post #107 of 140
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Apologies in advance for the poor quality - the only thing worse than my scanner is my camera.

 

50 Contemporary Fashion Designers

 

 

 

 

 

 

The book has two pages devoted to each designer, with a short synopsis of their career on the right and a design on the facing page.

Most of the writing seemed as if it was submitted by the PR team for the designer, but there were a few photos I'd not seen before. If you needed a gift to give to a friend with a budding interest in the fashion world as it exists today, I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it. A decent, if very shallow, primer to the field.

 

Less is More

Walker's book is a far more thorough work, closer to an illustrated history of minimalism through the 20th and early 21st Century than something to leaf through. Personally, I enjoyed it more for the prose than the photos. Very lucid, well-researched and cited, and just an excellent book altogether.

 

 

 

post #108 of 140
Dude, the pics are fine what are you talking about.


What designers are covered in Less is More ?


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I'll post photos of Neue Welt so you can see if you want it

Pics are nice but I can google that stuff, reviews are better teacha.gif
post #109 of 140
Thread Starter 

Less is More covers roughly from Chanel's first appearance through to the tail end of the 2009 season, will all the major (and many minor) players typically associated with minimalism and the avant garde. Off the top of my head. Those covered in some detail (i.e more than a single mention in passing, some discussion of their relevance) are:

 

  • Antwerp Six, special attention accorded to MM and Ann
  • Balenciaga
  • Azzedine Alaïa
  • Jil Sander
  • Helmut Lang
  • Miuccia Prada
  • Pierre Cardin
  • Phoebe Philo (at both Chloé and Céline)
  • Rei Kawakubo
  • Yohji Yammomoto
  • Alexander Wang
  • YSL
  • Christian Dior (House and the Individual)
  • Issey Miyake
  • Donna Karan
  • Calvin Klein
  • Thierry Mugler
  • Hussein Chalayan
  • Raf Simons
  • Bruno Pieters

 

That's from memory, so it's by no means exhaustive.

post #110 of 140
Pretty good, thanks.

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[*] Antwerp Six, special attention accorded to MM and Ann
[*] Balenciaga
[*] Azzedine Alaïa
[*] Jil Sander
[*] Helmut Lang
[*] Miuccia Prada
[*] Pierre Cardin
[*] Phoebe Philo (at both Chloé and Céline)
[*] Rei Kawakubo
[*] Yohji Yammomoto
[*] Alexander Wang
[*] YSL
[*] Christian Dior (House and the Individual)
[*] Issey Miyake
[*] Donna Karan
[*] Calvin Klein
[*] Thierry Mugler
[*] Hussein Chalayan
[*] Raf Simons
[*] Bruno Pieters
[/LIST]

Lol, one of those names is not like the others
post #111 of 140
Thread Starter 
Who is Alexander Wang, Alex?
post #112 of 140


Future Beauty: 30 Years of Japanese Fashion
Future Beauty is an excellent primer into the history of Japanese fashion. It highlights the primary Japanese designers from the late 70s to the early 80s, linking them by influences, themes explored and draws a fine line between their own heritage on towards the younger designers that are expected to carry on the mantle. Kenzo, Issey Miyake, Rei Kawakubo and Yohji Yamamoto are of course covered with extra sections devoted to Jun Takahashi and some of the other designers working under the Comme umbrella like Junya.

Construction of the book itself is pretty straightforward with a glossy hardcover and glossy pages (probably can tell from the reflection of the overhead lights on the pages in my photos) and the binding is well done.

What I really like about it is all the extra information beyond just the designers and their aesthetics. There are short sections on the Japanese concept of "Ma", the influence of older Japanese poets and writers on their use of black and love of shadows etc. I also liked all the extra information on the Issey Miyake collections showing how the dresses he made look while folded up and on a model.

It is not exhaustive, but as an introduction to "Japanese design" I think it is very good and definitely helped put me on the right track to appreciating these designers a lot more. The book ends with a bit talking about up and coming designers in Japan and how they were carving out their own path while being inspired by their heritage and I confess I haven't gone through that section thoroughly yet.















post #113 of 140
Don't ask me why but that book looks much better and nicer than what I was expecting. +1 for this thread
post #114 of 140
Yeah, it is a pretty cool book in my opinion smile.gif. Thread is definitely A+

Are we still posting photos from other books that are tangentially related to fashion in some way? I have the complete August Sander - Menschen Des 20. Jahrhunderts (Citizens of the 20th Century) and could do photographs of the edition I got (which has all the groups in one book as opposed to separated into multiple books like with some others).
post #115 of 140
Definitely. I'd like to see the edition you picked, it's been on my list for a while but I haven't really looked into the different versions available so this would be pretty helpful too.
post #116 of 140
Nice work Iwvri i was thinking of hunting that one down glad you got to it though

that book would be even more interesting were the pictures overlaid with the actual fabrics they were depicting
post #117 of 140
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Definitely. I'd like to see the edition you picked, it's been on my list for a while but I haven't really looked into the different versions available so this would be pretty helpful too.

Cool, will find some time during the week to do so (It's pretty big...and HEAVY!).

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Nice work Iwvri i was thinking of hunting that one down glad you got to it though

that book would be even more interesting were the pictures overlaid with the actual fabrics they were depicting

Thanks and yeah I agree completely. I thought the exact same thing when I first got to those pages.

It is just a shame though that it seems like the actual fashion houses themselves are not that interested in properly archiving and/or making the resulting archive available to enthusiasts to browse or what have you. Something like the Massimo book LE where actual fabrics from the studio are being used as the book cover is more the sort of thing I would have loved to see fashion houses doing. Sort of like how modern videogame studios have concept art books and so on released which at least chronicles and preserves one aspect of the creative process in that field, or movies with behind-the-scenes featurettes and interviews. So much is just lost to either people's wardrobes or memories with nothing but the odd scrap of an editorial here or there marking the passage of some really great designs.

Anyway, c'est la vie.
post #118 of 140
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Something a little different from my library. 
Graphic Design for Fashion by Jay Hess and Simone Pasztorek

Collection of invitations, lookbooks, branding and packaging arranged by (graphic) designer.



































Is this the one where they discuss YSL's logo design and evolution? If so it's a pretty good book, don't own it though...
post #119 of 140
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To all the photographers out there (and everyone else), what are some great photography books ? I'm talking about works that you really like personally, doesn't have to be major or seminal stuff necessarily.

Robert Capa: the definitive collection (the author is pretty much the top authority on Capa)
Can't recommend this book enough, Capa is well known but no one seem to care about him in fashion circles so it's always good to remind people (I also keep a stash of National geographics from the 80s and 90s, I have a lot of respect for nature and photojournalists):




http://www.amazon.com/Robert-Capa-The-Definitive-Collection/dp/0714844497/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1359930181&sr=8-3&keywords=robert+capa

Once by Wim Wenders
"The 'broken' buries itself deeper into memory than the 'whole'. The 'broken' has a kind of brittle surface which one's memory can grab hold to. On the clean surface of the 'whole', memory slips away."






http://www.amazon.com/Wim-Wenders-Once/dp/1935202286/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1359930991&sr=1-1&keywords=once+wim+wenders

Hans und grete: bilder der RAF 1967-1977 by Astrid Proll

Proll was part of the RAF (AKA the Baader-Meinhof gang) and is now a photographer, this book is definitely aimed at a micro-segment (people who are interested in leftist revolutionary violence of the 70s AND photography).





http://www.amazon.com/Baader-Meinhof-Pictures-Run-67-77/dp/3931141845/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&qid=1359931868&sr=8-5&keywords=astrid+proll
Edited by Fuuma - 2/3/13 at 3:18pm
post #120 of 140
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Originally Posted by sipang View Post

Definitely. I'd like to see the edition you picked, it's been on my list for a while but I haven't really looked into the different versions available so this would be pretty helpful too.

I have the multiple book edition and it is definitely more practical when you want to lug around just one book, anyway no matter what you pick this is in Fuuma's approved top 10 photog books.
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