Synopses & Reviews
This fascinating publication is the first to examine side by side the careers and work of two of the biggest names in 20th-century fashion, Yves Saint Laurent (1936andndash;2008)and#160;and Halston (1932andndash;1990). Their designsandmdash;chic, sexy, and glamorousandmdash;came to exemplify the 1970s, a singular and dynamic era in fashion history. Inspired by menswear, foreign cultures, and wide-ranging historical periods, and employing new fabrics, YSL and Halston together crafted a new and distinctly modern way of dressing.
Moreover, although their output differed and they were based on different continents, the two designers shared many career parallels. A visual timeline of the designersandrsquo; lives illustrates how their rises and falls, from the 1950s to their respective struggles in the 1980s, were surprisingly in sync. Engaging passages by Patricia Mears and Emma McClendon discuss the social, cultural, and economic factors that influenced both designers, and their subsequent impact on fashionandmdash;including the rise of the star designer as personality, the cult of celebrity, and the creation of the fashion conglomerate. The authors also address the importance of color, cutting-edge materials, innovative construction techniques, accessories, and perfume to both designersandrsquo; aesthetics. Remarkable photographs of the designers and their garments round out this essential volume on two figures who made an indelible mark on fashion history.
"Much more than a straightforward 'look book,' this work features four well-integrated academic essays. Together they provide insights into fashion subcultures and successfully argue that Japan remains a significant player in the world of cutting-edge fashion design."and#8212;C. Donaldson, CHOICE
andlsquo;Contrary to Fashion mythology, this lavishly illustrated book demonstrates that their clothing was often so similar, it could be hard to discern who designed what.andrsquo;andmdash;Daily Mail.
Scholars have long acknowledged the significance of the Japanese and#8220;fashion revolutionand#8221; of the 1980s, when avant-garde designers Issey Miyake, Yohji Yamamoto, and Rei Kawakubo of Comme des Garand#231;ons introduced a radically new conception of fashion. But what has happened in the years since then?
Lavishly illustrated, Japan Fashion Now will be the first book to explore how Japanese fashion has evolved in recent years. During this time, Japanese pop culture has swept the world, as young people everywhere read manga, watch anime, and play video games. Japan has had a profound impact on global culture, often via new media.
With essays by Valerie Steele (and#8220;Is Japan Still the Future?and#8221;), Patricia Mears (and#8220;Fashion Revolutionand#8221;), Hiroshi Narumi (and#8220;Japanese Street Styleand#8221;), and Yuniya Kawamura (and#8220;Japanese Fashion Subculturesand#8221;), Japan Fashion Now explores how the world of fashion has been transformed by contemporary Japanese visual culture.
A visually stunningexploration of how contemporary Japanese fashion and visual culture are transforming the way we experience our world
Scholars have long acknowledged the significance of the Japanese "fashion revolution" of the 1980s, when avant-garde designers Issey Miyake, Yohji Yamamoto, and Rei Kawakubo of Comme des Gar ons introduced a radically new conception of fashion. But what has happened in the years since then?
Lavishly illustrated, Japan Fashion Nowwill be the first book to explore how Japanese fashion has evolved in recent years. During this time, Japanese pop culture has swept the world, as young people everywhere read manga, watch anime, and play video games. Japan has had a profound impact on global culture, often via new media.
With essays by Valerie Steele ("Is Japan Still the Future?"), Patricia Mears ("Fashion Revolution"), Hiroshi Narumi ("Japanese Street Style"), and Yuniya Kawamura ("Japanese Fashion Subcultures"), Japan Fashion Now explores how the world of fashion has been transformedbycontemporary Japanese visual culture.
A dazzling examination of the two designers behind the most iconic and glamorous fashions of the 1970sand#160;
This book, the first to examine the work of Yves Saint Laurent and Halston together, shows how their chic, modern designs became synonymous with the glamorous 1970s and uncovers striking parallels in their careers.
About the Author
Valerie Steele is chief curator and director of The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology.and#160; Patricia Mears is deputy director of The Museum at FIT. Yuniya Kawamura is associate professor of sociology at FIT. Hiroshi Narumi is associate professor at the Kyoto University of Art and Design.