Fashion and Anti-Fashion

  1. Melissa Leventon
  • ISBN 9780500285374
  • 30.50 x 23.00 cm
  • Paperback with flaps
  • 160pp
  • 197 Illustrations, 185 in colour
  • First published 2005
‘A wonderful selection of beautiful, imaginative, provocative, even surreal works of wearable art … an invaluable reference for fashion designers and students, textiles professionals, craftspeople and anyone interested in the world of fashion, theatre or textiles’ – Craftsman Magazine

In this richly illustrated history of wearable art, beautiful, imaginative, provocative, even surreal works of artwear are featured including examples from North America, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Korea and Japan.

The full spectrum of work ranges from pieces that are only technically wearable, to challenging garments created specifically for performance, to one-of-a-kind works that are as at home on one’s back as on the wall, to luxurious limited-edition clothing.

Melissa Leventon puts the genre in context as the latest in the long line of aesthetic dress reforms that began with the Arts and Crafts movement. She goes on to trace its development from the street styles and studio fibre art of the 1960s and 1970s to the present day, highlighting many of its leading practitioners and discussing its characteristic forms, processes and influences.

Artwear: Fashion and Anti-fashion is invaluable to fashion designers and students, art and textiles professionals, craftspeople and anyone with an interest in the fashion world.

Melissa Leventon was Curator of Textiles at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco from 1992 to 2002, and is a co-founder and principal with Curatrix Group, an independent consultancy specializing in costumes and textiles. She is also an adjunct professor at California College of the Arts, where she teaches History of Fashion.