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Anyone have the teen vogue handbook? how is it? is it a good purchase?

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while browsing amazon (images source) ....
* tFS is once again having a problem. hope this will work.

found this :

* Rei Kawakubo and Comme Des Garcons / Deyan Sudjic / Rizzoli International Publications; illustrated edition (octobre 1990) / Collection : Blueprint Monographs

* ReFusing Fashion: Rei Kawakubo / Various Authors / Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (December 1, 2008)
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One of the most influential figures in contemporary fashion design receives critical attention in this volume published after the exhibition ReFusing Fashion: Rei Kawakubo at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Detroit. The purpose of the exhibition was to present Kawakubo's clothes, shops, designed ephemera-like posters and advertisements, and her collaborations with architects, photographers, and the great dancer and choreographer Merce Cunningham. Kawakubo, through her clothing line Comme des Garcons, has re-formed and re-thought fashion from the widest of perspectives, combining ideas from the fashion and cultural histories of Asia, Africa and the West in assembled garments, or by tearing things apart to transform inherited ideas and make something very new. Cathy Horyn writing in the New York Times Style Magazine for Spring 2008 explained, Kawakubo, working more in the spirit of an artist than any designer today, attacks the problems of consciousness. The museum's exhibition committee, a group of artists, art historians, collectors and curators, took a fine art approach to the organization, seeing the exhibition as an installation, and a Gesamtkunstwerk, or total work of art: all the pieces together revealing the whole. To understand the work, you need to see, sense and witness its majestic variety and uncompromising originality -- a dress with four arm holes in 1979; a jacket with the back cut up then tied together in 1988; a jacket with four sleeves: two regular, two kimono from 2003; garments sewn, tied, wrapped, pinned and assembled from others; seams frayed turning inside out, holes made and found, fabrics invented, pop art flowers, motorcycle jackets shaped like baseball gloves, capes with the geometry of an Amish quilt or Navajo blanket and a bride so contemporary that the decorations on her gown are printed images not made of actual fabric, but reproducible histories.
The book was designed to capture the flowing exhibition from all angles. The book designers and exhibition photographer developed a system of standing in fixed locations throughout the space and taking photos while turning around in a 360 degree circle. The photos start on the cover and continue throughout the book, alternating with pages of text, to create a sense that the pages have insides and outsides similar to clothing.
In addition to photographs of the exhibition, the book includes photos by Timothy Greenfield-Sanders of Kawakubo's costume designs for Merce Cunningham, photos from select Comme des Garcons fashion shows, a chronology, and essays by Harold Koda, curator in charge at the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, architect Sylvia Lavin, Judith Thurman, writer for the New Yorker, and art historian Michael Stone-Richards.
* Soon to be released (feb-april 2010 - on pre-order on amazon) : Face Hunter by blogger Yvan Rodic (4 different covers). On sale in Paris (Colette) next week or so ....

* Histoire idéale de la mode contemporaine : Les plus beaux défilés de 1971 à nos jours [Ideal History of Contemporary Fashion : The Best ShowCollections from 1971 to nowadays] / Olivier Saillard / ed. Textuel (21 septembre 2009) / in FRENCH only.
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Deluxe: How Luxury Lost its Luster by Dana Thomas

An interesting read about how 'mass' the business has become. She highlights
a few family companies that have resisted the trend to go public and/or
get acquired. However most of the book deals with the big players and how
and why they have taken luxury mainstream.

A question that comes from reading this book is:

Are most of us compelled to purchase an item based on exclusivity and
popularity rather than genuine quality?
i'm reading that book right now. it's pretty interesting.
it provides lots and lots of names, company history etc. which makes it difficult to follow sometimes, especially if you don't know those people/stories ...

however it's a pretty good book imo

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how's Tom Ford's book? The one with the black cover? is it useful?

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Anyone have the teen vogue handbook? how is it? is it a good purchase?
It's actually a pretty good book. Informative interviews and great pictures!

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* Histoire idéale de la mode contemporaine : Les plus beaux défilés de 1971 à nos jours [Ideal History of Contemporary Fashion : The Best ShowCollections from 1971 to nowadays] / Olivier Saillard / ed. Textuel (21 septembre 2009) / in FRENCH only.
Thanks for this fine research
Think I'm going to buy that book!

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How are these books?

Anna Piaggi's Fashion Algebra
Fashion Show Paris Style
Christian Lacroix On Fashion

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The new big releases in France, are :

Kate Moss Machine, Christian Salmon (this is NOT a biography)
http://www.amazon.fr/Kate-Moss-Machi...4372370&sr=8-1
* i think this might be translated later. or is already. it's not expensive.

Saint Laurent, mauvais garçon (YSL, bad boy), Marie-Dominique Lelièvre.
This is a new biography. Mostly about his "mistery" and "dark side". Hadn't read it. Will buy it, asap, too.
http://www.amazon.fr/Laurent-mauvais...4372484&sr=1-1

Jean-Paul Gaultier, punk sentimental by Elisabeth Gouslan
A biography.
http://www.amazon.fr/Jean-Paul-Gault...4372632&sr=1-1

+ a 2005 JPG biography, i hadn't heard about. But it's probably famous
http://www.amazon.fr/Jean-Paul-Gault...4372735&sr=1-2
(by Farid Chenoune)

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so many books in french, maybe i should start learning french.
thanks Berlinrocks for all the new releases.

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How is 'Histoires de la Mode' by Didier Grumbach (2008 edition) and 'My Favorite Dress' by Gity Monsef?


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how's Tom Ford's book? The one with the black cover? is it useful?
Amazing. I got his one over the Gucci one that came out around the same time. The pics are gorgeous but it's so heavy.

Order it over the internet don't buy in a shop. I had to carry it around all day and it sucked.

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Has someone read this new book by Joanne Entwistle?
"The Aesthetic Economy of Fashion: Markets and Value in Clothing and Modelling"

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I'm also looking for books on Alexander McQueen.

The only one I know is Caroline Evans' "Fashion at the Edge" which gives some excellent insights in McQueen's work, but from a wider perspective (fashion of the 90's in relation to modernity, industrialisation & commodity culture)

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Can anyone recomend/ give a list of books on Karl Lagerfeld? Preferably something that is closer to an autobiography or biography on him. Although any thing would be great. Thanks

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^The Beautiful Fall by Alicia Drake is probably the best known Karl biography. There's another in German, I think, but it has not yet been translated.

That said, I'd recommend simply reading the entire archive of the Karl thread, as there's more information on him there than any book could possibly contain.

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