Art and photography books 2018


As the Fashion Week coverage proves, what happens outside of the catwalks can attract as much attention as what happens on the catwalks. Same Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, and the rest of the old guard weigh in on not just designer trends, but what social media influencers wear as well. So it’s no surprise that several upcoming titles celebrate street style, those who promote it and those who wear it.

Publication date
Byron Hawes (PowerHouse, July)
Hawes documents the “hypebeast” culture, which he describes as “a ruthless pursuit of limited edition fashion and kicking, by whatever means necessary”. Publication date features photographs of fashion fans treating product launches, or drops, as opportunities to show off their sons as they wait outside stores in lines that stretch along city blocks. The prevalence of lifestyle postures on Instagram, Hawes speculates, made these launches happen. “The workshops have fashion week; these drops become the analogue of street fashion.

Climbing Mode
Bill Cunningham (Penguin Press, Sep)
Self-taught photographer Cunningham, who died in 2016, was the unofficial king of street fashion photography. He rode the streets of New York on his bicycle, capturing the clothing and accessory choices of his citizens for the New York Times. His memoirs, which he wrote, edited and secreted for publication after his death, are interspersed with photographs of his life as a designer and professional observer.

Polka Dot Parade
Deborah Blumenthal, ill. by Masha D’yans (Little Bee, Sep; 4-8)
2017 author Fancy Party Dresses, who introduced the picture book crowd to fashion designer Ann Cole Lowe, portrays street fashion photographer Bill Cunningham here, contrasting his isolation with the joy he found in placing the spotlight on others. .

It’s not fashion
King ADZ and Wilma Stone (Thames & Hudson, April)
Starting with what the book calls the first streetwear store – Trash and Vaudeville, which opened in Jersey City in 1972 and soon after moved to St. Mark’s Place in New York’s East Village – this look at fashion styles and brands encompassing punk, hip-hop, club wear, etc. includes hundreds of photos as well as interviews with big names in the field, such as Shepard Fairey, the street artist and creator of Barack Obama’s “Hope” poster whose clothing label Obey was a pioneer of contemporary street art –Based on streetwear.

Tokyo street style
Yoko Yagi, photos by Tohru Yuasa (Abrams Image, Apr)
Joining a list that includes books on Paris (2013) and Brooklyn (2015), this title follows Tokyo fashion by neighborhood and decade, from the 1960s to today, and showcases the influence of its models, photographers, designers. and shops in other arenas, such as food. “The trends developing in Japan quickly spread to international markets,” says Laura Dozier, editor-in-chief of Abrams. For example, “the book explores how Tokyo pioneered genderless fashion for decades and continues to be today.”

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A version of this article appeared in the 09/04/2018 issue of Editors Weekly under the title: From the sidewalk to the podium


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