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Runway : The Spectacle of Fashion
by Alix Browne

A stunning work on contemporary fashion spectacles, showcasing the most innovative, creative, and artistic high-fashion runway shows of the last twenty years.
In recent years, as fashion shows have become a part of our collective imagination and an important part of contemporary culture, blockbuster productions have redefined the runway show as a form of entertainment and creativity on par with the clothes themselves. This book focuses on designers for whom fashion and the mode of presenting it have held equal significance: Alexander McQueen, Maison Martin Margiela, Susan Ciancialo, Issey Miyake, Bernadette Corporation, Ann Demeulemeester, Bernhard Willhelm, Gucci, Helmut Lang, Hussein Chalayan, Viktor & Rolf, Givenchy, Yohji Yamamoto, Comme des Garçons, Rick Owens, A.F. Vandevorst, Louis Vuitton, W&LT, X-Girl, Christian Dior, Prada, Yeezy, Marc Jacobs, Chanel, Raf Simons, Thom Browne, and Imitation of Christ, among them. From the performance art spectacles of the first Alexander McQueen collections in the mid-1990s and the high-art concept shows of Hussein Chalayan in the late 1990s to the lavish beauty of Chanel haute couture in 2012, author Alix Browne explores the highest pinnacles of fashion today. Runway gives the reader full access to the theatrical and creative aspects of the production, in both intimate, little-seen runway shows from the pre-Internet era many of the photographs here have never been published before as well as major productions with elaborate sets and full-blown narrative. Each show is presented through lush, full-bleed photography and many through fold-out four-page images – an index gives a blurb about each runway presentation with further images.

A thrilling, immersive, and inspiring look into the wide-ranging creativity of contemporary fashion, Runway is the most thorough book available on the subject. Featuring the most innovative fashion designers of the last twenty years, this book is a must for lovers of fashion and culture.

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Bernadette Corporation
Eine Pinot Grigio, Bitte

“For this book Bernadette Corporation uses screenplay formatting software and the screenplay form with no intention to produce a film or communicate anything. … the hack is used as a starting point for a literature, with hack tools in a hack medium. EINE PINOT GRIGIO, BITTE to remind you of the necessity to understand that all creativity is equal.” Bernadette Corporation

A novel-in-disguise, Eine Pinot Grigio, Bitte is a dark foray into capitalism gone awry. Set against a backdrop of decadent zombies, the screenplay follows John Delp and Aude as they shoot a movie in the cities of Paris, Berlin, and Mexico City. With its wild and messy sense for the absurd, Eine Pinot Grigio, Bitte unravels that conventional Hollywood repertoire of screenwriting all to better recycle both fiction and the real.

Eine Pinot Grigio, Bitte is followed by “Pedestrian Memoranda,” a series of notes on Bernadette Corporation’s temporary underground film studio, operated from 2005–2007 in Paris, Berlin, and Mexico City.

Bernadette Corporation has previously worked under the guise of an eponymous underground fashion label, published a fashion magazine called Made in USA, produced video-films, including the 2003 documentary Get Rid of Yourself, collectively authored the novel Reena Spaulings (Semiotext[e] 2004), as well as exhibited at the 2006 Whitney Biennial, the Witte de With museum, and the Centre Pompidou.

Co-published by Art in General, New York

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Purple 2
Winter 1998-1999

 

PURPLE magazine (“Fashion, Prose, Special, Fiction, Interior”) Number 2, Winter 1998-1999.

A rare copy of this early edition of Purple, edited by Elein Fleiss and Olivier Zahm, this wonderful early issue features work by: Mark Borthwick, Alex Bag, Tobjorn Rodland, Antek Walzcak, Andrea Zittel, Martin Margiela, Bernadette Corporation, Laetitia Benat, Susan Cianciolo, Doug Aitken, Maurizio Cattelan, Karl Holmqvist, Arto Lindsay, Dora Garcia, Phillipe Parreno, Takashi Noguchi, Viktor & Rolf, Bernadette Van-Huy, Richard Prince, Banu Cennetoglu, Comme des Garcons, Rita Ackermann, Katja Rahlwes, Terry Richardson, Nathaniel Goldberg, Annette Messager, Helmut Lang, Colin De Land, Dan Graham, Marcelo Krasilcic, Takashi Homma, and many many more.

In 1992 Olivier Zahm and his partner Elein Fleiss printed the first issue of Purple Prose, a Parisian literary art zine that over the years has evolved into Purple Fashion Magazine. Soon after the birth of Purple Prose, Zahm and Fleiss created spin-off publications like les cahiers purple, Purple Sexe, Purple Fiction, and of course, Purple Fashion. Zahm aimed at fusing together his two worlds, fashion and art, in creating Purple Fashion.

* Condition: Very Good (A clean and tightly bound copy, with only light wear) – All care is taken to provide accurate condition details of used books, photos available on request.

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Bernadette Corporation
2000 Wasted Years

This is the first monograph on the work of Bernadette Corporation, the New York-based collective founded in the early ’90s.

The book extends from their retrospective exhibition Bernadette Corporation: 2000 Wasted Years held at Artists Space, New York (2012) and ICA, London (2013), constituting a further site to reframe BC’s activities and identity of the past 20 years.

Since the 1990s the New York-based collective has fashioned itself as publisher, filmmaker, designer, novelist, artist, political radical, among other identities. The book extends from their retrospective Bernadette Corporation: 2000 Wasted Years at Artists Space in 2012, constituting yet another site to reframe the activities of BC spanning the past 20 years.

Bernadette Corporation: 2000 Wasted Years is structured chronologically, loosely following the year-by-year timeline of the group’s history. The publication gathers a vast array of visual and textual material spanning the rich image grammar and styling of BC’s operations within the realm of so called style-culture, including a fashion line; their interventions into the publishing culture of the ‘90s, including BC’s own short-lived magazine Made in USA; the fragmented output of Pedestrian Cinema developed during the group’s time in Berlin; up to the fusion of poetics, branding and meta-commentary that characterized Bernadette Corporation’s gallery shows of the 2000s.

Edited by Bernadette Corporation, Jim Fletcher, Richard Birkett, Stefan Kalmár
With text contributions by Caroline Busta, Jim Fletcher, Tom Holert and Josef Strau

With photos by Alex Antitch, Mark Borthwick, Dietmar Busse, Anders Edstrom, Jamil GS, Benjamin Alexander Huseby, JMN, Marcelo Krasilcic, Cris Moor, Eline Mugaas, Marlene McCarty and Donald Moffett, Wolfgang Tillmans, Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin, David Vasiljevic, and Wah

Designed by Bill Hayden and Eric Wrenn

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