Review of the best books about fashion
Dana Thomas «Gods and Kings: The Rise and Fall of Alexander McQueen and John Galliano»
The publication coincided with the anniversary of the death of Alexander McQueen. And the opening of the exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Savage Beauty in New York. “Gods and Kings” tells about the life of two fashion designers, drawing parallels between the work of talented British. John Galliano with his recognizable pretentiousness and romanticism often acted as the inspiration of Alexander McQueen. Dana Thomas traces the way designers to world fame, indicating the price that both paid for their success.
Kaat Debo, Sarah Mower, Rebecca Arnold, Vincent Wierink, Suzy Menkes «Margiela: The Hermès Years»
The book will tell about Martin Margel, one of the most mysterious designers of our time, during the reign of the fashionable house of Hermès. The release of Margiela: The Hermès Years coincided with the opening of the Antwerp exhibition of the same name. The book was written jointly with the curator of the Kaat Debo exhibition and fashion journalists Sarah Mower and Susie Menkes. In the book you can find rare archival photos and previously unpublished sketches.
Andrew Bolton «Rei Kawakubo / Comme des Garçons: Art of the In-Between»
The album includes the work of Ray Kavakubo throughout her career – since the time of the fashion debut in Paris in 1981 and the board in the Comme des Garçons. The archive photos are accompanied by an essay by Andrew Bolton, curator of the British Museum and the Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum.
Pat Cleveland «Walking with the Muses: A Memoir»
Autobiography Pat Cleveland is dedicated to the success story of one of the first black models in the fashion industry. She went from Harlem, where she grew up to the New York Institute of Design and Podiums in Paris, Milan and Tokyo. Pat Cleveland will also talk about the bohemian New York, Jack Nicholson and Diane Vreeland.
Lesley Ellis Miller «Balenciaga: Shaping Fashion»
In the third edition Leslie Ellis Miller explores the past of Cristobal Balenciaga, his entourage, colleagues, business executives. And even regular customers, including Grace Kelly, Jackie Kennedy and Marlene Dietrich.
Maureen Callahan «Champagne Supernova»
A journalist from the Vanity Fair, Maureen Callahan, tells about the icons of the 90’s – Alexandra McQueen, Kate Moss and Marc Jacobs. The book describes not only the life of designers and models. But also explored their influence not only on fashion, but on a whole generation.
Colleen Hill «Paris Refashioned, 1957-1968»
The book Colleen Hill will trace the origin of youth fashion and pret-a-porter, and also tell who was at the helm of the design changes in the 60’s. From the rule of Couture and Courreges, Paco Rabanne and Rive Gauche to full democratization. The book also explores a group of young designers Stylistes, including the work of Sony Rickel. Their contribution to the development of fashion and the creation of a more practical female image.
Diana Vreeland «DV»
Diana Vreeland’s autobiography will shed light on the life and work of one of the most famous fashion journalists of her time. The fashion editor at Harper’s Bazaar and Vogue created covers with The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, Twiggy and Verushka, creating a new gloss format. Diana Vreeland will tell not only about her work, but also about her acquaintances with cult personalities of the 20th century.
Jurgi Bartlett «FashionEast: Ghost On Eastern Europe»
Fashion historian Jurgi Bartlett analyzed the fashion of the socialist Eastern bloc from the appearance of Bolshevism to the fall of the Berlin Wall. The book includes changes that have undergone the Eastern European fashion, the phenomenon of constructivist design. As well as stories about Soviet designers, beauty contests and socialist fashion magazines.