Artwear: Fashion and Anti-fashion

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Overview

A colorful survey of the often provocative and always highly creative relationship between art and fashion.
A crocheted wool coat of exuberant textures and glowing colors, a dyed and pleated silk vest of baroque sensuousness, a headdress of ribbon intricately ruched in the shape of a leaping fish, an evening gown made from shredded dollar bills, a kimono that carries art appliquéd on its sleeve—these are just a few of the beautiful, imaginative, even surreal works of wearable art included in this richly illustrated book, published to accompany an exhibition at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.
Melissa Leventon shows that wearable art is the latest in the long line of aesthetic dress reforms that began with the Arts and Crafts movement. She then traces the history of this art form as it developed out of the hippie styles and studio fiber art of the 1960s and 1970s until today, highlighting many of the leading practitioners and discussing its characteristic forms and processes.The works brought together range from pieces that are only technically wearable to one-of-a-kind works that are at home either on one's back or on one's wall to limited-edition luxury clothing.Artwear will be invaluable to fashion designers and students, art and textiles professionals, craftspeople, and anyone with an interest in the fashion world.
Curator of Textiles at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco from 1992 to 2002, Melissa Leventon is now an independent consultant specializing in costumes and textiles.

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Editorial Reviews

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Leventon is a professor of clothing history and curator of textiles at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, host of the exhibition for which this book was produced. From its beginning in the mid-19th-century rise of feminism to the present day, wearable art has aimed to redress the balance of the male-owned and male-operated fashion establishment. The sex of the creator or wearer should not be artistically relevant, but since Artwear's focus is on the female, especially 20th-century, one-of-a-kind, special-occasion dresses made for and by women, Leventon skips male wearable art. Left out of consideration in both the exhibition and the book are such unique items as parade armor, regal or noble jewelry, handmade ceremonial weapons and tools, ecclesiastical vestments, and other pieces one might fairly term artwear. Whatever one thinks of the selection of works, this is gorgeously printed and illustrated, with numerous full-page, full-color photos of splendid garments. It will appeal to all readers, especially those with an interest in clothing history. Recommended for all libraries.-James F. DeRoche, Alexandria, VA Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780500285374
  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson
  • Publication date: 5/15/2005
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 834,293
  • Product dimensions: 9.20 (w) x 12.10 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Curator of Textiles at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco from 1992 to 2002, Melissa Leventon is now an independent consultant specializing in costumes and textiles.

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Table of Contents

1 Putting artwear in context 12
2 Artwear in the U.S.A. 28
3 Models, methods, and meanings 62
4 Artwear outside the U.S.A. 106
5 Stretching the boundaries : conceptual and performance pieces 130
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