Books of Note for June


1. Lucile: London, Paris, New York and Chicago by Valerie D Mendes and Amy de la Haye (Hardcover – Jun 1, 2009)

Available for pre-order on Amazon, this UK publication should cross the pond shortly. If you aren’t already familiar with the work of these two authors, you really should be. Amy de la Haye is at the London College of Fashion and Valerie D Mendes is a fashion and textiles historian, formerly at the V & A. The pair wrote my favorite fashion history reference, Twentieth-Century Fashion, among many other valuable resources. Research on Lucile is not often published, though F.I.T. and Victoria Steele have explored her work. This book promises to shed new light on the subject.

F.I.T. Fashion sketch from Lucile (Lady Duff-Gordon, 1863-1931) designer archive, c.1922

F.I.T. Fashion sketch from Lucile (Lady Duff-Gordon, 1863-1931) designer archive, c.1922


2. Avedon Fashion 1944-2000 by Carol Squiers, Vincent Aletti, Philippe Garner, Willis Hartshorn, Richard Avedon (Hardcover – Jun 1, 2009).

This comprehensive catalog is meant as a companion to the exhibition on view at the International Center of Photography which opened in May 2009. I will have much more to say on the amazing Avedon after I see the new exhibition at the SF MOMA in a few weeks. Avedon is major, so is this book.


3. Juergen Teller: Marc Jacobs Advertising 1998-2009 (v. 1) (Hardcover – Jun 30, 2009

Jurgen Teller’s work has also been discussed in books such as Juergen Teller, Cindy Sherman, Marc Jacobs, Fashion at the Edge: Spectacle, Modernity, and Deathliness and Fashion: Photography of the Nineties. This one focuses specifically on his most current advertising campaigns for Marc Jacobs. The Independent (of the UK) interviewed Teller about the new book yesterday. Like many of his predecessors in the fashion and commercial photography world (aka Edward Steichen), he claims to be an artist first, “I am very pleased to say today that I am a fashion photographer who does other things.”

4. Gentlemen of Bacongo by Daniele Tamagni (Hardcover – Jun 1, 2009).

I must admit that while I know nothing of the ‘religion of clothing’ and dandyism in the Congo, this book looks to be an interesting collection of photographs of ‘The Sapeurs’ (the Society for the Advancement of People of Elegance) and their style. More details and reviewers are included on the blog, History is made at night. Information on the Sapeurs specifically can be found at AfricaFeed, and the BBC Documentary The Importance of Being Elegant. Additional academic articles are available from Theory, Culture & Society, African Studies Review, and The Anthology of Globalization dating back as far as 1994. Linked to this topic is the music of Papa Wemba, who is said to have helped found the Sapeurs.

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