Fashion: Photography of the Nineties

Fashion: Photography of the Nineties

by Camilla Nickerson, Neville Wakefield
     
 

Fashion: Photography of the Nineties is a compilation of over two hundred images culled from the worlds of art and fashion. A chronicle of the fashion iconography of the Nineties, it places images familiar from magazines and style journals alongside their wilder, darker counterparts, many of which are published here for the first time. In these photographs the body… See more details below

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Fashion: Photography of the Nineties is a compilation of over two hundred images culled from the worlds of art and fashion. A chronicle of the fashion iconography of the Nineties, it places images familiar from magazines and style journals alongside their wilder, darker counterparts, many of which are published here for the first time. In these photographs the body and its gestures report on the defining characteristics of a decade. Postures of anxiety, insecurity and sexual uncertainty co-exist with fashion's more traditional celebrations. The ambiguity of gender and beauty lays bare our secret desires, dissolving the boundaries between what is worn and the way we wear it. Elegance and vulgarity, femininity and masculinity, art and fashion meet in the spaces separating the raw, the beautiful, the unkempt and the subversive. Out of the collision between style and the subconscious emerges a portrait of our time.

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Library Journal - Library Journal
Despite the title, this is not a collection of recent fashion photography. Rather, it is a visual essay on the recent blurring of lines between commercial illustrative photography and fine art photography as well as on the state of fashion and its possible meanings within contemporary culture. More than two dozen photographers-from the well-established Nan Goldin, Cindy Sherman, and Annie Leibovitz to the up-and-coming Jeff Burton, Wolfgang Tillmans, and Cathy Opie-are represented in the 231 pictures, usually presented as full-page bleeds. But the real "authors" are Nickerson, a senior fashion editor at Vogue, and Wakefield, a prominent critic of contemporary art. It is their selection and placement that result in insights about the discomfort and anxiety of youth and the arbitrariness of the traditional division of fashion and reality. An intriguing document of the most vital stream of contemporary art photography, this book belongs in all libraries collecting in that area.-Eric Bryant, "Library Journal"

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9783931141264
Publisher:
Scalo Verlag
Publication date:
11/01/1996
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
8.88(w) x 11.37(h) x 0.92(d)

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