Collected here is an audacious panorama of street style--clothes worn by real people--from beatnik to hippie to cyberpunk, and its influence on high fashion. All the hottest trends start on the street and are then cleaned up for the mass market. Surfers, Soulies, Skinheads and Skaters goes back to the source, charting the cycle of street style of the decades.
Brand: Overlook Hardcover
Used Book in Good Condition
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Firstly, I'd like to address the formatting. Some of the text is difficult to read because of artistic choices made concerning fonts or backgrounds. The 80's goth pages are written in something resembling the chiller font. The psychedelic text page is very difficult to read because it is written in alternating purple and blue. In those cases, I would prefer clearer text and fonts. Secondly, I shall address the material. If you are looking for nitch information about any one movement, this may not be the very best book for you. I was looking for just information about styles from and inspired by the forties, fifties, and sixties. I found some useful information, but the majority of the book was not terribly helpful on this front. I enjoyed reading the unrelated information, but I acknowledge it wasn't what I came for. A great deal of the book is about UK fashions that never made it stateside. Also, at least half of the book is focused on menswear, which was of little...
This beautifully produced coffee-table book arose from a fashion exhibit held by the Victoria & Albert Museum in the early 1990s. I can't say enough about the layout, photography, and amazing color throughout the book. While the exhibit curators obviously labored mightily to put the exhibit together, the book manages to catalog it all in an enthralling way. A bit expensive for people like me, but you should definitely find a copy to browse through if nothing else.
The photographs and layout of this book are terrible. The photos are tiny, many are too dark to see, and all are of clothes on mannequins. The layouts are done in the "style" of the time but unfortunately many are illegible. It might have been my fault for not realizing that this is a catalog for an exhibition, but at least they could have lighted the space or thought about backdrops for the photo shoot.
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