I do love a good read. I think after seeing so many images of impressive libraries online, I've become a bit obsessed with collecting books. A walk in wardrobe is all well and good, but in my imaginary future mansion, I'd like to have a library filled with all kinds of fashion related tomes. I'm slowly working my way through my Amazon wishlist and as the research deadline approaches, I've been looking through what I already have to sift out anything relevant. Of course these books can only truly be digested after several reads but I thought I'd share a few pages that have caught my eye.
Pages by Bora Aksu, Blaak and Eley Kishimoto
I've realised that blogs are a bit like online sketchbooks, what with all the inspiration and musings that are posted on a regular basis, but unfortunately I can't really present URLs in my tutorials. I had a quick look through Fashion Designers' Sketchbooks during my last trip to the Design Museum and knw instantly that I had to invest in my own copy. It's really interesting and useful to see how the major fashion houses turn a quick scribble into a full collection and to see the many different styles of putting ideas on paper. Is anyone else in the middle of creating a sketchbook at the moment? I'm not usually the best at noting down my entire thought process but after reading this book, I can see that anything goes.
Pages by Issey Miyake (Apoc), Junya Watanabe and Comme des Garcons
You might have guessed that I was a major fan of the Future Beauty exhibtion after writing about it last year and even though I didn't manage to visit again, I now have the book to relive the experience. I don't always get around to buying exhibition catalogues (after all, I am a cheapskate covert photographer) but I had to make an exception for this one, which is an in depth compendium of modern Japanese fashion design. This book picks up from where the Barbican left off and shows another dimension to the works involved with a lot more information and far clearer pictures that what I managed to take. A prime example of this is the Comme des Garcons twisted jumper (shown in the last picture), where I can finally see the construction a little better. I haven't included any photos of the Yohji Yamamoto section as I'm sure to be writing a massive post when I see his upcoming exhibition at the V&A, need to get saving for that book too!
The home of The Smileys, Andre Walker's sofa, Lou Doillon's world and Karl Lagerfeld's book collection
I guess The Selby is my first book purchase linked to blogging and although I'm sure most of the photos can be found on the website, there's something about having the book in your hands rather than staring at a laptop screen. There's even a page of stickers near the front (which I could never bear to use) relating to some of the items featured within the book, allowing a different sort of interactivity that you don't get on t'internet. Being a bit of a nosy person, it's great to see the random knick knacks people seem to collect (one man has a shelf full of Heinz ketchup bottles) and to learn that a bit of clutter can be a good, creative thing. Now to convince my Nan of this fact, as she's always telling me I have too much stuff...
An interview with Margherita Missoni, Giambattista Valli sketches, Mary-Kate Olsen's sunglasses
I'm probably the last person in the world to come across Influence devised by the seemingly triple threat Olsen empire (am I the only one that still gets them mixed up), but I'm really glad I eventually did. They've interviewed quite a collection of designers, photographers and models in a candid sort of way, not going into major depth but allowing you to unearth a few previously unknown details. Even though it was brief, I really loved the Magherita Missoni section and her love for the brand created by her grandparents. I'm wondering whether you've bought any fashion related books recently for inspiration? Let me know whether you gain most of your inspiration online or whether you've bought any of the titles I've featured for some offline browsing. These books are now taking pride of place on my studenty-coffee table!
Remember the giveaway is still open; I've been working on the answers and it looks like the post will be one of my trademark essays!