The Kyoto Costume Institute (KCI) recognizes the importance of understanding clothing sociologically, historically, and artistically. Showcasing a vast selection from the Institute’s archives of skilled photographs depicting the clothing expertly displayed and arranged on custom-made mannequins, Fashion History is a fascinating excursion through the last three centuries of clothing trends. The KCI believes that “clothing is an essential manifestation of our very being” and their passion and dedication positively radiate from every page of this book. This special 25th anniversary edition has a chic new format: a boxed set of two volumes.
I love books. I can’t get enough of them. So here are some of my current favorites that I encourage you to pick up.
ECAL, a great book for students and educators of Graphic Design. The École Cantonale d’Art de Lausanne is a model for design pedagogy and academic research. The book kind of chronicles the work of the staff and students over the past years.
Anni & Josef Albers. Flipping through it just once convinced me that some of the most talented designers out there right now not only know this work but are employing the principles in their own work (from those crazy abstract color studies of Andy Gilmore to the line art of Geoff Mcfetridge).
Bauhaus, Modernism & the Illustrated Book. Architecture influencing book typography influencing architecture. This was an amazing time for graphic design and the work is relevant to anything posted on this blog.
AGI: Graphic Design Since 1950. The Alliance Graphique Internationale is like the high rollers club, the elite, the best of the best in graphic design. Founded in 1951, the organization has selected some 600 designers from more than thirty nations to join. This book is a summary of the accomplisments of its members (such as Saul Bass, Paul Rand, Ivan Chermayeff, Tom Geismar, Chwast,..and so on). I am not kidding when I say that every page is solid gold.
Bastardised is the result of the Made in Bunch project. 289 “Bunchisms” are presents in the book.
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