An academic treatise that's beautiful enough to be a coffee table book, Evans's study argues that during the 1990s avant garde fashion was "permeated by images of death, disease and dereliction." Evans consciously focuses her work on one thread of the fashion world: the edgy costumes of designers like Vivienne Westwood, Alexander McQueen, John Galliano, Hussein Chalayan and Viktor & Rolf. Theoretically, however, she recognizes no boundaries: her treatise incorporates the disparate works of Walter Benjamin, Charles Baudelaire, T.S. Eliot, Karl Marx, Elizabeth Wilson, Simone de Beauvoir and many, many others. The result is a complex and provocative text, one that displays both the substantial intellect and practical curiosity of its author.
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"'Evans grapples with extremely interesting issues, such as why fashion imagery has become so dark and decadent. Her choice of contemporary fashion imagery - and her juxtaposition of these images with similar themes in art - is brilliant.' Valerie Steele, Director of The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology 'A compelling line of reasoning here, not to mention some incredibly knockout pictures.' Susan Corrigan, I-D Magazine 'Sensational.' Gemma Hayward, Independent Magazine '... very high production standards... the selection of plates makes up a valuable record and distillation of an end of the century movement.' Robert Radford, The Art Book"See all Editorial Reviews
Excellent book - well written and full of meaningful analysisPublished 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
i really love the photo references especially in reference to the text. this is a book about some of the darker edges of fashion and designers ideas. Read morePublished on November 14, 2012 by pearl