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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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Purple Fashion number 3
Summer 1997


Very early Purple Fashion – the original run, original design, original format. Purple Fashion number 3 (1997), edited by Elein Fleiss, embodies the anti-Fashion attitude and aesthetic Purple were so much a crucial part of in the mid-late 1990s. Includes a fantastic Martin Margiela piece, Comme des Garçons by Mark Borthwick, Camille Vivier, Maurizio Cattelan, Elein Fleiss, Terry Richardson, Susan Ciancolo, Helmut Lang, Anders Edstrom, Kim Gordon by Mark Borthwick and much more. Really incredible and now so rare these early issues. And this one is in great condition!

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 (tight, clean pages and binding, only minor wear)  – All care is taken to provide accurate condition details of used books, photos available on request.

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PURPLE 4
Winter 1999-2000


PURPLE magazine (“Fashion, Prose, Special, Fiction, Interior”) Number 4, Winter 1999-2000.

A rare copy of this early edition of Purple, edited by Elein Fleiss, this wonderful early issue that features work by: Mark Borthwick, Juergen Teller, Jutta Koether, Jack Pierson, Tobjorn Rodland, A.F. Vandervorst, Ann-Sofie Back, Takashi Homma, Anders Edstrom, Balenciaga, Hussein Chalayan, Susan Cianciolo, Comme des Garcons, Fabrics Interseason, Martin Margiela, Kim Gordon, Doug Aitken, Junya Watanabe, Hermés, Bernard Willhelm, Helmut Lang, Leah Singer, Louis Vuitton, Lewis Baltz, Liz Bougatsos, Bless, Experimental Jetset, Antek Walzcak, Harmony Korine, Mark Gonzales, Terry Richardson, Giasco Bertoli, 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: Good (some creasing and shelf/handling wear to covers, otherwise clean and tightly bound copy)  – All care is taken to provide accurate condition details of used books, photos available on request.

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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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