This is my second post about interesting art books I find worth buying. Art and fashion are related in many ways and they influenced each other for centuries. Artists interpreted the fashion of their time on their paintings or were commisioned by upper class women to send drawings and pictures of the late style in Paris or other metropolises (like fashion queen Karoline did). Designers and especially Haute Couture Houses have used art as an inspiration or created pieces that are a kind of art themself. Today we have fewer borders between the different professions than ever and so you can find a lot of art or artists in the fashion industry. A very special case is Karl Lagerfeld. The fashion legend is a designer and a photographer. He does Haute Couture collections for Chanel and Fendi, Ready-to-Wear Collections for his own label, cooperations with H&M and he is a very talented photographer. So no wonder there are plenty books about him, his fashion and his art.
The book I’d like to tell you about today is originally from 1998 published by Steidl (now available in a new edition) and the pictures were taken by Karl Lagerfeld in 1997. I really like the photography of Lagerfeld because he has a very personal way of seeing things. If you really want to get his fashion designs (if that’s even possible for a less creative mind) you have to study his photography. See what he sees. The pictures he took in 1997 were polaroids he transferred to Arches mold-made paper which is of very high-quality. I like that especially about his books. He is very conservative in his paper taste what makes every book special. I love to feel and smell that kind of paper. And it also gives the photos a very certain look which is very different to modern (cheaper) paper. The book lets you discover the famous house in a very interesting way as it’s starts with details. You have to turn all the pages untill the end to see an impression of the building itself. It’s a very intimate choice. It’s like exploring a strangers home without entering through the front door. It’s more a sudden appearance of yourself in a private surrounding. It’s different than the most books about architecture. It’s the wrong way around and you need to get used to it but I understand it as a welcome to “read” it from the first page to the last and back again. You have to engage with this book to totally get it. And even when it seems to be very thin with just 56 pages there is a lot to discover in it.
Casa Malaparte is a wonderful minimal building by italian writer Curzio Malaparte. The house was built built in 1942 atop a craggy promontory on the island of Capri. Malaparte created it together with the architect Adalberto Libera. It’s a fascinating place I definitely want to visit one day. Malaparte called the house a portrait of himself and the house is therefor luckily considered a historical monument today. Because it’s hard to describe how it looks I am very happy that there are some awesome videos on youtube about it.
Details about the book
#artist | Karl Lagerfeld
#publishing house | Steidl
#language | English
#ISBN | 978-3-95829-033-4
#pages | 56
#published | 2. Edition 06/2015, 1. Edition 04/1998
you can get your copy here.