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Catalog: SPRING 2019 p. 83   

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BROWSE THE 2019 SPRING CATALOG

Check out our Spring 2019 catalog, featuring more than 500 new books on art & culture. We welcome new publishers Arquine, Atelier Éditions, August Editions, The Design Museum, London, Eakins Press, Editions Patrick Frey, Fulgur Press, Kasmin, Lisson Gallery, Marciano Art Foundation, Marsilio Editori, Onomatopee and Ridinghouse to our list in 2019!

  

SPECTOR BOOKS

Charles James: The Couture Secrets of Shape

Edited by Homer Layne, Dorothea Mink. Preface by Rick Owens. Text by Valerie Steele, R. Couri Hay, Paul Caranicas, Carolin Roider, Charles James.

Featured image is reproduced from 'Charles James: The Couture Secrets of Shape.'

Avant-garde designs from “America's First Couturier”
British-American designer Charles James (1906–78), “America’s First Couturier,” is famed for the extraordinarily elegant evening gowns he created in the 1930s through the 1950s for society ladies on both sides of the Atlantic. From the beginning of his career, James also designed revolutionary unisex styles. The famous eiderdown evening jacket, designed in 1937 for women, was revived as a cult unisex design object in 1970s New York. The eiderdown jacket and James’ other unisex designs share with his ball gowns a sculptural, architectural presence and a rigorously cerebral design process grounded in science and mathematics. James is regarded as a visionary thinker in the world of fashion, introducing lasting innovations in both technique and methodology.
Charles James: The Couture Secrets of Shape goes beyond the evening gowns, focusing on some of James’ unisex designs and his life in the artist community at the Chelsea Hotel, where he lived from 1964 until his death in 1978. He remained restlessly creative in this period, his rooms at the Chelsea serving as a studio, workshop, and archive. In 1973 he wrote The Charles James Approach to Structural Design; this allowed a glimpse into his thinking at that time and is included in this publication in facsimile. Edited by Homer Layne, James’ last assistant, and Professor Dorothea Mink, with a preface by fashion designer Rick Owens, this volume reveals a new facet of James’ groundbreaking body of work.


Featured image is reproduced from 'Charles James: The Couture Secrets of Shape.'

PRAISE AND REVIEWS

Vogue

Suzy Menkes

In the Joyce Gallery celebrating a new book about the English-American couturier Charles James, there was one archetypal dress: sculpted and elegantly shaped, it was the epitome of timeless elegance.

Bookforum

Jennifer Krasinski

The Couture Secrets of Shape proves how ahead- still ahead- James was of the times.

Charles James: The Couture Secrets of Shape

STATUS: Forthcoming | 5/21/2019

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FROM THE ARTBOOK BLOG

CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 3/16/2019

'Charles James: The Couture Secrets of Shape' talk and signing at FIT

'Charles James: The Couture Secrets of Shape' talk and signing at FIT

Wednesday, March 20 at 6PM, The Museum at FIT presents Dorothea Mink, professor of fashion design at the University of Arts, Bremen, and Homer Layne for a presentation of Charles James: The Couture Secrets of Shape, their fascinating book on the renowned British-American designer who died in 1978. Layne—James's assistant for almost a decade—and Mink analyze the great designer's remarkable innovations, revealing what made his designs so special, and suggest how designers today can apply James's principles to their own work. Book signing to follow.
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Freitag - Out of the Bag

FREITAG - OUT OF THE BAG

Edited by Renate Menzi.

LARS MüLLER PUBLISHERS

ISBN: 9783037782781
USD $35.00
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Pub Date: 7/9/2012
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Camper

CAMPER

Edited by Anniina Koivu.

LARS MüLLER PUBLISHERS

ISBN: 9783037784624
USD $49.00
| CAN $65

Pub Date: 8/8/2015
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The Fabric

THE FABRIC

Edited by Bruce Boyer. Photographs by Fredi Marcarini.

SKIRA

ISBN: 9788857220321
USD $80.00
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Pub Date: 2/24/2015
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Equilibrium

EQUILIBRIUM

By Stefania Ricci.

SKIRA

ISBN: 9788857222295
USD $60.00
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Pub Date: 4/21/2015
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SCHOOL PROJECTS

By Alberto Lattuada.

SKIRA

ISBN: 9788857218465
USD $65.00
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Pub Date: 10/1/2013
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French Design

FRENCH DESIGN

By Alain Lardet, Anne Bony.

SKIRA

ISBN: 9788857214092
USD $65.00
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Pub Date: 12/26/2012
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Gianfranco Ferre Drawings

GIANFRANCO FERRE DRAWINGS

Text by Guisy Ferre. Designed By Luca Stoppini.

SKIRA

ISBN: 9788857206417
USD $80.00
| CAN $100

Pub Date: 3/8/2011
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Hogan: Future Roots

HOGAN: FUTURE ROOTS

Edited by Donata Sartorio.

SKIRA

ISBN: 9788857212579
USD $80.00
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Pub Date: 9/18/2012
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The Lotus Flower: A Textile Hidden in the Water

THE LOTUS FLOWER: A TEXTILE HIDDEN IN THE WATER

By Sergio Loro Piana, Pier Luigi Loro Piana. Photographs by Bruna Rotunno.

SKIRA

ISBN: 9788857208879
USD $95.00
| CAN $120

Pub Date: 10/11/2011
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Braccialini

BRACCIALINI

By Fabiana Giacomotti.

SKIRA

ISBN: 9788857224510
USD $50.00
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Pub Date: 9/15/2015
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The Amazing Shoemaker

THE AMAZING SHOEMAKER

Edited by Stefania Ricci.

SKIRA

ISBN: 9788857219288
USD $65.00
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Pub Date: 3/4/2014
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Tirelli 50

TIRELLI 50

By Masolino d'Amico, Silvia d'Amico, Caterina d'Amico.

SKIRA

ISBN: 9788857226880
USD $70.00
| CAN $90

Pub Date: 6/9/2015
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