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Artwear: Fashion and Anti-fashion Paperback – May 17, 2005

ISBN-13: 978-0500285374 ISBN-10: 0500285373 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson; 1st edition (May 17, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0500285373
  • ISBN-13: 978-0500285374
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 0.1 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #841,193 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Curator of Textiles at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco from 1992 to 2002, Melissa Leventon is now an independent consultant specializing in costumes and textiles.

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By kime Buzzelli on June 26, 2007
Format: Paperback
I originally bought this book for the section on Kasik Wong- whose clothing art work is STUNNING! This book features other unique designers who have turned fabric into scultural show pieces. There are things in the book for everyone. I tended to like some more than others- but the sections that showed handcrafted exotic work -puffy and strange were inspirational to me. Others seemed more minimal and origami inspired. Most of the book has beautiful images.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By carol irvin TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 17, 2010
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There are two different camps in wearable art, the home sewer-crafter group and the artist group. This book DOES NOT COVER the home-sewer crafter group. IT DOES COVER those who want to become wearable artists, producing works fit for art galleries, art museums and major art to wear fashion shows.

This is NOT a project oriented book with pictures and instructions to take one through doing a particular project. There is no how-to aspect of this book.

What this book does do is show you the major art to wear work. Virtually all of this is imagined from the ground up, where the artist first tackles the making of the fabric and finally makes a design to showcase that fabric. The fabric comes first. These fabric treatments run the gamut too. Fabrics are dyed, painted, pleated, woven, refabricated, burned out, pieced, torn, etc.,
This is a formidable artistic undertaking in an of itself. After the fabric is created, an innovative design is used to best showcase the fabric on the model or on a wall.

The resulting clothing is not something that is worn day to day or in ordinary life. These are show stopping clothes which would only look right at a high end event.

In addition to clothing, accessories, such as headgear, are also covered.

The work is all beautiful.

I highly recommend this book.

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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Sandy on August 12, 2005
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This book has a lot of color pictures, fantastic, imaginative artwear, much to make new ideas flow, worth keeping to revitalize the thought processes every now and again.
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Very happy with every aspect of this trouble free transaction. What a wonderful array of food for thought and the imagination of any creative person. Thank you.
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