20 August, 2009

Four Fashion Books For You


The first is British Fashion Designers by Hywel Davies.
London is a creative and cultural melting pot for international designers to develop their creative identity. London Fashion Week is renowned for showing an edgier breed of fashion designer, and for celebrating cutting-edge couture that pushes the boundaries of convention. This is the first book to embrace the whole of the UK ands its creative influence on international fashion. It is aimed at industry professionals, students and anyone with an interest in fashion. Both inspirational and informative, it will also appeal as a coffee-table book, being visually inspiring and modern. This book focuses on the British designers since 2000 who have made their influence resonate globally: designers such as Stella McCartney, Alexander McQueen, Hussein Chalayan, Vivienne Westwood, John Galliano, Julien MacDonald, Giles Deacon, Matthew Williamson and Paul Smith. Each chapter is devoted to one designer and defines visually how Britishness informs their work, showing final collections, process work and studio space. Text in the form of questions and answers or running text illustrates each designers British influence and distinct style.




Luxury and art have never been more closely linked than they are in these early years of the twenty-first century. Virtually all the world’s major luxury houses have associated themselves with contemporary art through sponsorships, commissions, or foundations, and these points of exchange nourish the increasingly symbiotic relationship between fashion, art, and other design disciplines. Of all modern luxury brands, Louis Vuitton can claim to maintain the richest and most varied associations with the world of art. Included in this volume are Louis Vuitton’s important collaborations with an elite group of artists, architects, designers, and photographers, such as Jun Aoki, Shigeru Ban, Vanessa Beecroft, Olafur Eliasson, Zaha Hadid, David LaChapelle, Jean Larivière, Annie Leibovitz, Takashi Murakami, Richard Prince, Stephen Sprouse, James Turrell, Inez Van Lamsweerde, and Vinoodh Matadin. The book is structured as a seductive anthology of the house’s most visible collaborations. Critical essays examine and position Louis Vuitton’s patronage—under the guidance of Artistic Director Marc Jacobs—during one of the most fertile periods of contemporary art and design. 




Book number three is a third installment by Nina Garcia (better known as one of the judges on Project Runway) titled, Style Strategy. In this book "fashionistas will not only discover a myriad of shopping alternatives sure to help them attain high-end looks at lower prices, but also learn how to maximize what they already have through maintenance, ingenuity, and creative style choices. Step by step, Nina helps readers honestly answer three key questions—What do I have? What do I need? What do I want?—before making purchases, so they can effectively eliminate any unnecessary spending."

Last but certainly not least is Marc Jacobs Advertising.
For more than a decade Juergen Teller has worked with Marc Jacobs on the advertising campaigns for each of the Men's and Women's Marc Jacobs collections, Marc by Marc Accessories and perfume lines. Teller's idiosyncratic visual style and use of unusual models has been instrumental in establishing what has become one of the preeminent fashion brands of our times. Reflecting the intelligence and individuality of the Marc Jacobs brand, the models have included Sofia Coppola, Charlotte Rampling, Meg White, Kim Gordon and Thurston Moore, Michael Stipe, Rufus Wainwright, Harmony Korine, Cindy Sherman, William Eggleston, Samantha Morton, Winona Ryder, Roni Horn, Victoria Beckham and Teller himself, among many others. 
This volume brings together a selection of images from all the campaigns to create a single collection that marks the significance of this collaboration in both fashion and visual culture. 
Photographer Juergen Teller was born in Erlangen, Germany in 1964 and has lived in London since 1986. His work in book, magazine and exhibition form is marked by an intriguing refusal to separate his commercial fashion pictures from his more autobiographical uncommissioned work. Teller's photographs have been published in influential international publications such as W Magazine, i-D and Purple and have been the subject of solo exhibitions at The Photographers' Gallery in London and the Fondation Cartier Pour l'art Contemporain in Paris. In 2003 Teller was awarded the Citibank Prize and in 2007 he was one of five artists to represent Ukraine in the 52nd Venice Biennale. 
Marc Jacobs was born in New York City in 1963. He graduated from Parsons School of Design in 1984 with many of the school's highest honors, including Design Student of the Year. In 1986 he designed his first collection under the Marc Jacobs label and in 1997 he became Artistic Director of Louis Vuitton. Marc Jacobs International, LLC has expanded to include more than 50 stores worldwide. Jacobs splits his time between New York and Paris.

1 comment:

MzFashionCloset said...

Have you read The Style Strategy? I have her first two books and I was thinking about adding this one to the collection.