June Book Reviews Part I.


Fashion v Sport
by Ligaya Salazar (Paperback – Jun 1, 2008)

Ligaya Salazar’s book charts the history of the connections and business affiliations between the fashion and sports industries (from the Belle Epoch era to the present) and including an examination of high-performance textiles. Salazar is curator at the V&A and given the extremely high quality of their exhibits, I would suggest that this is most likely an excellent account. Personally, I’m looking forward to getting my hands on it. I wonder though, if one compared it to the American Sportswear books (such as When the Girls Came out to Play by Patricia Campbell Warner or American Ingenuity: Sportswear 1930s-1970s by Richard Martin) how these histories might match up or overlap. Fashion V. Sport was also recently reviewed on Style.com.


Juergen Teller: Vivienne Westwood by George Shaw and Juergen Teller (Hardcover – Jun 1, 2008)

Documenting the photographic ad campaign executed for Vivienne Westood’s Spring/Summer 2008 collection by Juergen Teller, this bit of eye candy is likely to have little analysis, though the photographs may stimulate thought all on their own.


Pop Surf Culture: Music, Design, Film, and Fashion from the Bohemian Surf Boom
by Brian Chidester and Domenic Priore (Hardcover – Jun 1, 2008)

Written by an author who lives and breathes Los Angeles pop culture (documentary producer, pop culture magazine writer, etc), Pop Surf Culture is clearly basing its marketing campaign on the impending arrival of Summer. That said, I’m skeptical of its academic contribution. I would suggest that this book is for a general trade audience, rather than the academic market (though with pop culture titles, it is often hard to tell). The product description at Amazon does not tell us how many photographs are included, or how much of this includes information about fashion, but it does say that the book explains, “why surf culture is a vital art movement of the 20th century.” Perhaps its worth a look.

I’ll post a few more reviews later this week. In the meantime, for more fashion focused books (academic and museum related), visit The Good Reads Fashion Historian Resource Group.

Until next time,



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