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Fashion and Surrealism

Martin, Richard

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ISBN 10: 0847808319 / ISBN 13: 9780847808311
Published by Rizzoli, New York, 1987
Condition: Very Good+ Soft cover
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Wraps; 4to; pp. [239], illustrated in b/w and full-color throughout. Spot of soiling on front cover (coffee?); covers rubbed. Internally bright and clean. Indexed. Bookseller Inventory # D12416

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Title: Fashion and Surrealism

Publisher: Rizzoli, New York

Publication Date: 1987

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition:Very Good+

Edition: First Edition.

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The love affair between fashion and Surrealism began in the Paris of the 1920s when Surrealist artists plundered fashion's imagery for their art, raising fashion beyond the level of mere style to an important expression of culture. This text reveals the extravagent and ingenious creations resulting from this collaboration. It ranges from the shocking Surrealist dresses of Schiaparelli and Dali, and photographic experiments with Surrealist techniques by Horst P. Horst, Cecil Beaton and George Hoyningen-Huene to the work of younger fashion designers, including Olivier Guillemin and Vivienne Westwood, who have all brought Surrealist imagery into clothing and accessories.

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The intersection of surrealism and fashion dates back to Max Ernst's mechanistic fantasies of mannequins and Rene Magritte's delving into the eroticism of clothes. Fashion designer Elsa Schiaparelli, in collaboration with Salvador Dali, made surrealistic dresses that shocked her clients. Illustrators A. M. Cassandre and Marcel Vertes borrowed surrealist imagery, while fashion trend-setters Yves Saint Laurent and Karl Lagerfeld got into the act. Photographers Cecil Beaton, Horst P. Horst and Andre Kertesz experimented with surrealist techniques, and today, of course, surrealism is everywherein print and television ads, window displays, rock singer David Byrne's latest costumes. The book is broader in scope than its title suggests. Martin, editor of Arts magazine, brings a heavy-handed, academic approach to what should have been fun, but the study is an eye-opener nonetheless.
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