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CRITICAL FASHION PRACTICE: FROM WESTWOOD TO VAN BEIRENDONCK. Adam Geczy. Bloomsbury Academic, Bloomsbury Publishing, London, 2017. 240 pp. with 40 ills. (16 col.). 23 x 15 cm. ISBN 9781474265522 In English.
Due date: April 2017. Hardcover edition also available; see Worldwide 174371. Publisher's description: There is a new form of design practice within the contemporary fashion industry which is active in complex forms of social commentary and critique. While fashion in the modernist era has shown signs of criticism and subversion, these were either in the form of subcultures or perversions, such as punk or BDSM styling. Today, however, these genres have been absorbed into the fashion industry itself, meaning that -- 8critical fashion -- n is now far from limited to the subcultures from which it came. This book explores this new space for criticism within the popular fashion sphere to demonstrate how designers are disrupting conventions, challenging beliefs and stirring change from within the system itself. Critical Fashion Practice considers a range of contemporary designers across the globe, from the US to Japan, whose conceptual designs embody this critical language, including case studies such as Rei Kawakubo's deconstructive silhouettes for Comme des Garcons and Walter Van Beirendonck's sadomasochistic menswear collections, amongst other key players such as Miuccia Prada, Vivienne Westwood and Viktor & Rolf.
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Worldwide Number: 174372
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