Fashionby Cathy Newman
This glorious showcase of style features more than 200 illustrations, from the finest in contemporary
Fashion is dramatic, demure, colorful, quiet... it is timeless, transient, shocking or soothing, surprising, exciting. It's an instinct as old as Adam and Eve, and all over the world it's wherever you look. Fashion is culture. Fashion is art. Fashion is us.
This glorious showcase of style features more than 200 illustrations, from the finest in contemporary full-color photography to vintage black-and-white images drawn from National Geographic's vast archive. It's a wonderful panorama filled with unexpected parallels and revealing juxtapositions -- a cowboy's silver spur on a dusty boot heel side by side with the ornately bangled foot of an East Asian dancer, or the sombreroed revolutionary band of Emiliano Zapata against straw-hatted ladies at a Sunday service in Tahiti.
Here are historic turn-of-the-century portraits of Native Americans in stunning ceremonial wolf robes and whimsical snaps of beachwear from an age long before the bikini, along with a wealth of arresting, captivating shots from all over the world -- Africa, Asia, the Americas, Europe, and more -- vivid visual proof of our universal fascination with fashion, whether it's a simple length of bright silk deftly draped into a sari, the brocade robes of a Chinese oracle, or the futuristic, mummy like wrap on a Thierry Mugler runway model in Paris. The lively text explores the history and function of clothing from the most primitive cultures to the highest of haute couture, sharing the insights and aperçus of prominent designers, anthropologists, and a host of other fashion-forward observers including Sophia Loren and Yves Saint Laurent... Charles Darwin and Coco Chanel... Katharine Hamnett, Edith Head, and Vivienne Westwood, to name only a few.
Vibrant, informative, exhilarating, a delight for the eye and a treat for the imagination, this elegant book ranges the globe to celebrate the eternal, instinctive, inventive, creative spirit we call Fashion.
- National Geographic Society
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- 10.70(w) x 11.90(h) x 0.70(d)
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