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Fashion Game Changers


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1. Fashion Game Changers: Reinventing the 20th Century Silhouette - An Introduction Kaat Debo 2. Iconoclastic Visions of the Silhouette: Cristobal Balenciaga Miren Arzalluz 3. Self-Taught and Experimental: A New Approach to the Body Karen Van Godtsenhoven The Inside View - Karin Dillen on Wearing Maison Martin Margiela Hettie Judah 4. Kindred Spirits: The Radical Poetry of Japanese and Belgian Designers Anabela Becho The Inside View - Liliane Lijn on Wearing Issey Miyake Hettie Judah 5. The Discovery of Abstraction in Twentieth-Century Fashion Akiko Fukai 6. Shadows of the Body Olivier Saillard 7. Cultural Liberation Springing from Physical Liberation: Reception Study of the 1980s Avant-Garde Hettie Judah The Inside View - Isolde Pringiers on Wearing Commes des Garcons Hettie Judah 8. More Game Changers: Louise Boulanger, Andre Courreges, Pierre Cardin, Paco Rabanne, Georgina Godley Miren Arzalluz, Karen Van Godtsenhoven and Alexandre Samson Endnotes Bibliography Notes on Contributors Photo Credits Index Acknowledgements

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This highly illustrated volume provides a history of game-changing fashion, spanning the work of designers who reinvented the silhouette from Poiret to Yamamoto.

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Karen Van Godtsenhoven is Exhibitions Curator at MoMu fashion museum in Antwerp, Belgium. Miren Arzalluz is a fashion historian, freelance fashion curator and former head of collections at the Cristobal Balenciaga Foundation. Kaat Debo is Director of MoMu fashion museum in Antwerp, Belgium.


Let the dynamic and bright photographs in Fashion Game Changers guide you through the world of the 20th-century silhouette ... A whistlestop tour through 100 years of fashion. * Daily Mail *
A great resource for those who are inspired by the experimental side of fashion. * The Independent *
Fashion Game Changers is the kind of book I relish: both academic and captivating in its observations. It contextualises fashion and its designers, and illustrates just how significant clothing has been in documenting social history. * The Hon. Daphne Guinness *
Fashion Game Changers is an innovative and important book with extraordinary images and intelligent essays devoted to the designers who have radically transformed fashion's relationship with the body. * Valerie Steele, Director and Chief Curator, The Museum at FIT, New York *
Fashion Game Changers is a fascinating and intelligent take on the designers of the mid 20th century, whose experiments with form and shape have changed attitudes towards the female body and femininity itself. * Frances Corner OBE, Head of London College of Fashion and Pro Vice-Chancellor, University of the Arts London *
Before designers like Coco Chanel and Madeleine Vionnet, hourglass silhouettes dominated Western fashion, constricting waists and restricting women's movements. That started to change in the 20th century with innovations ranging from Chanel's gamine jackets to Cristobal Balenciaga's cascading dresses. The book Fashion Game Changers, out April 21 from Bloomsbury Visual Arts, traces the evolution of fashion designers creating freer, looser-fitting forms. With these radical, avant-garde designs, women were finally able to breathe. -- Catie L'Heureux * *
The writing is as exhilarating as the photographs ... Especially interesting are short pieces called "The Insider View," in which individuals give a personal testimony to what it means to wear clothes from Comme des Garcons, Martin Margiela and Miyake, not for a few fleeting catwalk minutes, but in real life. I simply cannot praise this accessible, enlightening book highly enough. -- Colin McDowell, author of The Business of Fashion
This book is a tribute to those designers who radically transformed the female silhouette in the 20th century and created alternatives to the hour-glass silhouette that had dominated women's fashion for centuries. * Vintage Made Magazine *

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