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Art to Wear Hardcover – April, 1992


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 319 pages
  • Publisher: Abbeville Press; 1st edition (April 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0896596648
  • ISBN-13: 978-0896596641
  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 11 x 1.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #688,672 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Now this was well before bookstores encouraged that sort of thing.
Desiree
I've always thought of myself as an innovative crocheter but the artists in the book really let their imaginations go.
T. Singh
The production quality of the book is excellent, and the subject -- the wearable art -- is magnificent.
hazel

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 26, 1999
Format: Hardcover
Julie captures the essence of the beautifully photographed Art to Wear pieces; here the pieces are photographed clearly so you can see in the art pieces the materials and designs. Captured is the feeling looking at the model what it is like to wear the cloak, mask, sweater, and many more kinds of Art to Wear pieces. The text by each artist accompanying their work is very inspiring expressing their growth and creativity. Not a How to Book; this book shows how it has been done and is a celebration of creativity.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By carol irvin TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 27, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I have the edition of this book which came out in the mid'80s and which was embraced by all of us doing wearable art as the ultimate art we are all aspiring to achieve. The author then had the most famous wearable art gallery too in New York City. The pictures are out-of-this world in the earlier edition and I can't believe they'd be anything but splendid in this later edition. I can't even count how many hours I've spent going over the pictures again and again in the book. I can't understand why Amazon doesn't have a front cover to show you on this book though. Mine has a knock-you-out front cover with an absolutely gorgeous cover model in wearable art. If you've always wanted to understand what wearable art is, this book answered all the questions I had about the movement and the pioneers who started it. I spent (more money) on my book back then so this one is a real deal if you get the same number of pictures.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By T. Singh on January 13, 2002
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This book is very inspirational. For anyone who really appreciates innovative crochet techniques this book's definately a keeper. First of all it's huge with tons of high glossy photos. I loved seeing all of the different clothes. I've always thought of myself as an innovative crocheter but the artists in the book really let their imaginations go.
There is not only crochet clothing but woven, leather and found objects. If you hunger for abstract designs and techniques this book will satisfy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Desiree on June 4, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Before I bought this book (hardback version), back in the 1980's, I used to visit it at the bookstore. Now this was well before bookstores encouraged that sort of thing. So the sales staff thought I was a little weird. I don't think they were mad because they understood it was an expensive book; not everyone could easily waltz in and buy it.

But the book was so awesome, I knew it was worth the sacrifices I was enduring so I could save enough money to own it.

This was the book that planted the seed; that opened my eyes to the fact that clothing did not have to be purely functional or even really nice. Clothing could be awesome art.

My favorites are still Joan Steiner's vests, collars and hats.

I'll treasure my book for all time.
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By deepest on June 8, 2012
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It is a very large and very heavy book(feels like more than 10 pounds), printed on a quality paper. And it contains lots of imaginative and interesting wearables - all sorts of clothing, masks, hats, bags...No jewelry for some reason. Crocheted, knit, sewn, dyed, dipped, emroidered, made from leather. Some of it is very creative. I say some since the book contains quite a few( it feels like a every tenth garment) kimono type garments, which are a bit boring from 21 centry point of view -very static, frame like, symetric, geometrical...You can see one in customer photos on the backcover of the book. That would be the only downside of the book, but for the times it was published, it probably was a very new and creative thing.
Cover coat is created by Sharon Hedges. I also loved Janet Lipkin's early work -amazing crocheted/knit pieces.Norma Minkowitz Rose's Shoes(page 116) and Green Mansions(page 117) are wonderful representations of freeform crochet. I loved Raoul Spiegel's use of feathers in his garments, Jane Kosminky's leather line work in Flight Jacket(page 168), Mario Rivoli's art made from lots of buttons, strings, ribbons, trial shampoo bottles and other trinkets. I also enjoyed Nina Vivian Huryn's sewn clothing, very rich in colors and textures, especially Monkey Cup(page 230.) I think I have to mention Priscilla Snyder's Chameleon Suitcase(page 237), Ben Campton's Ivory Gypsy(page 278- what a fun use of pom pom trim)and Scheherazade(page 284-for a very elegant and dramatic shaping).
I was a bit dissapointed not to find Dina Scwartz's amazing creations in this book - since she created in the time period, that the book covered, and I would say her work surpasses many included in the book.
Overall it is a great book, if you are interested in creative clothing.
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