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Art/Fashion in the 21st Century

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An international survey of how the worlds of fashion and art have brilliantly collided in the new millennium
Over the last decade major artists have teamed up with top fashion houses to produce contemporary masterpieces that challenge the traditional boundary between these two dynamic cultures. From fashion designers’ collaborations with artists on their collections to catwalk shows, fashion photography, and dazzling new retail spaces, this ...
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Overview

An international survey of how the worlds of fashion and art have brilliantly collided in the new millennium
Over the last decade major artists have teamed up with top fashion houses to produce contemporary masterpieces that challenge the traditional boundary between these two dynamic cultures. From fashion designers’ collaborations with artists on their collections to catwalk shows, fashion photography, and dazzling new retail spaces, this book explores the “art as fashion” and “fashion as art."
The authors offer a dual perspective on how and why today’s artists and designers are increasingly open to inspiration beyond their own creative arenas. Five thematic chapters feature profiles of the key designers, stories about the most avant-garde projects, and interviews with leading figures in the art-fashion crossover. Nearly 250 illustrations showcase collaborative art/fashion work from Acne Studios, Balenciaga, Chanel, Hussein Chayalan, Tracey Emin, Jean Paul Gaultier, Zaha Hadid, Hermes, Marc Jacobs, Calvin Klein, Jeff Koons, Stella McCartney, Issey Miyake, Takashi Murakami, Prada, Richard Prince, Anselm Reyle, Cindy Sherman, Juergen Teller, Viktor & Rolf, and many more.
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Editorial Reviews

The Midwest Book Review
“A wide-ranging survey of the interplay between fashion design and the arts.”
Women's Wear Daily
“There are many striking and improbable images scattered throughout.”
wsj.com (The Wall Street Journal)
“A stunning new book. . . . Explores the symbiotic relationship between fashion and art.”
The Minneapolis Star Tribune
“The mashup of art and fashion has produced such inspired pairs as Cindy Sherman and Christian Dior, Jeff Koons and Valentino, and Louis Vuitton tricked out in Yayoi Kusama’s polka dots.”
Woman Around Town
“Stunning. . . . The interviews and photos shed light on such luminaries as Stella McCartney, Chanel, Valentino, and Marc Jacobs.”
Windy City Times
“The books . . . will thrill any fashionista.”
ProtoView

Lavishly produced.

Library Journal
04/01/2014
The last decade has enjoyed a lively mixing up of fine arts and fashion, with designers increasingly drawing upon the talents of artists to enrich their work. In this visually exciting volume, Smith (Fashion: Australian & New Zealand Designers) and Kubler (adjunct curator, Univ. of Queensland Art Museum) explore the dynamic relationship between these traditionally "high" and "low" arts. The themes of collaboration, exhibition, media, and architecture provide an organizational structure for brief text and exuberant photographic profiles of projects that exemplify these connections, from Cindy Sherman's photographic series of herself in Chanel to the extravagant event installations of Calvin Klein. An insider's voice is provided via the authors' conversations with designers articulating their views of how art affects their work. High-profile designers such as Chalayan, Balenciaga, and McQueen are included, as well as lesser-known figures from a global scene that embraces Australia, Europe, Asia, and the Americas. The book contains reference notes and a brief list of titles for further reading. VERDICT More substantial works (e.g., Alice Mackrell's Art and Fashion) offer better historical context, but this will interest those seeking more cutting-edge material.—Nancy B. Turner, Temple Univ. Lib., Philadelphia
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780500239094
  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson
  • Publication date: 10/8/2013
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 772,822
  • Product dimensions: 8.70 (w) x 11.30 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Mitchell Oakley Smith is editor and publisher of the Australian menswear journal Manuscript. He is based in Sydney and New York.

Alison Kubler is Associate Curator at the University of Queensland Art Museum, Australia.

Artist and fashion expert Daphne Guinness co-organized a 2011 exhibition of her work at The Museum at FIT. She is based in London and New York.

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