Breaking the Mode

Breaking the Mode

Breaking the Mode

Contemporary Fashion from the Permanent Collection, Los Angeles County Museum of Art

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9788861303010

Thames and Hudson Ltd

    Kaye Durland Spilker

    Sharon Sadako Takeda

    29-Jan-2008

    Hardback

S$71.65

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A kaleidoscopic and provocative survey of the work of forty stylists who redefined fashion during the final twenty years of last century. All of the tradition-based canons that governed the world of haute couture since the fifties were subverted by the creative genius of stylists who forged the history of today s fashion. Designers such as Franco Moschino, Christian Lacroix, Alexander McQueen, Vivienne Westwood, and Thierry Mugler went beyond the preciousness of fabrics, the studied geometry, and immobility of finish that typified couture up until the middle of the twentieth century. They exploited advances in its latter half in both technique and material to create a women s fashion that is both innovative and elegant. Using the adaptability of synthetic fibres and new working methods, they changed the very concept of silhouette. Presented here alphabetically are 40 of the most innovative of these designers in a combination of visual material with concise, descriptive texts by the book s curators.

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