YAY it’s #artbookfriday again! We hope you still like it as much as we do, because we won’t stop soon with presenting the best and most awesome art and fashion books published over the world. Today is more about fashion than art, but at the end, what’s the difference?! Fashion – especially Haute Couture – is as much an art form as a painting or a sculpture. Furthermore fashion photography is an art genre of its own and brought attention to some of the best photographers in the world. A bunch of those are part of the book I like to tell you about today.
Wera already told you about the exhibition “Jean Paul Gaultier – From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk” weeks ago. So today it’s time for the accompanying publication.
It’s a real coffee table edition: heavy, decorative and impressive with a classic hard cover binding. All black and white with the silver embossing it’s also very stylish and elegant. So my first impression was very positive. Peter Lindbergh shot the lead and cover image featuring Jean Paul Gaultier and Nadja Auermann exclusively for the Munich museum.
The book is not just an exhibition catalogue but the approach to show every aspect of the work of Jean Paul Gaultier. It includes no exhibition views but fashion photography of the last decades. There are a lot of images in there hardly published before, like images made for Vogue or other fashion magazines. So if you like fashion or photography this is really treasure and very interesting. Like I already mentioned most pictures were made by famous photographers like Helmut Newton, Sarah Moon, Bryan Adams, Anton Corbijn and many many more.
The book starts with some brief texts like the preface by museum director Roger Diederen. I especially liked the one by curator Thierry-Maxime Loriot. That one is really good and interesting. What I don’t like is that the texts are printed in very small letters. It was actually hard to read. More readable were all the quotes by friends and companions of Gaultier. They’re all over the big seven chapters about his work. The quotes are made by people like Madonna, David LaChapelle, Andy Warhol or Mario Testino. It was very interesting to read how they are connected to Gaultier or his style. The book ends with a biography of the couturier and a list of his collections.
This is one of the best books about a fashion designer I have ever seen, if it wasn’t for the tiny letters, it would have been perfect.
#artbook | Jean Paul Gaultier – From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk
#language | German
#publishing house | Knesebeck
#ISBN | 978-3-86873-907-7
#pages | 288
#published | 2015
you can get your copy here.