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Sonomama Sonomama
High Fashion in The Japanese Countryside by Taishi Hirokawa

The Japanese word sonomama means in a natural state or just as you are. To create this book, Taishi Hirokawa, the internationally-renowned photographer, traveled throughout the Japanese countryside to photograph ordinary people in the creations of some of the world’s top fashion designers: shopkeepers, fishermen, schoolchildren, & farmers, modeling bold, stylish outfits by Issay Miyake, Comme de Garcon, Yohji Yamamoto and others. A stunning and unique book of unconventional fashion photography, resulting in dramatic duotone images that strip away the artifice & the image-creating power of the clothing & draw attention to the people themselves.

* Condition: Very Good (tight, clean copy throughout with only a light crease to cover and bump to one corner, otherwise as new) – All care is taken to provide accurate condition details of used books, photos available on request.

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Snoopy In Fashion

First English edition of SNOOPY IN FASHION, published in 1988!

In the early 1980s Art Director Connie Boucher contacted a long list of the world’s most progressive and famous fashion designers of the time, asking each of them to create an original one-of-a-kind designer outfit for Snoopy and his beagle sister Belle.  The response was tremendous, with the world-famous designers loving the idea of dressing these world-famous dogs. Boucher’s unique concept grew into a fabulous collection of specially designed haute couture modelled exclusively by Snoopy and Belle in an exhibition mounted by museums, galleries, and large department stores in Europe, Asia, Australia, and the United States.  The skill and genius of many of the world’s greatest designers breathed tremendous life, verve, and excitement into Connie’s concept, forming SNOOPY IN FASHION in 1984. 

For the book, first published in Japan in 1984, photographer Taishi Hirokawa has studio-documented each designer garment, modelled by Snoopy and Belle, one designer or fashion house per page. Designers include Givenchy, Issey Miyake, Karl Lagerfeld, Fendi, Pierre Balmain, Gianni Versace, Jean-Charles de Castelbajac, Thierry Mugler, Missoni, Krizia, L.L. Bean, Jen Paul Gaultier, Popy Moreni, Cinzia Ruggeri, Giorgio Armani, Cacharel, Fiorucci, Esprit, Levi Strauss, Gucci, and so many more!

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Billy Al Bengston
Billy II: Paintings of Three Decades

This first edition of Billy Al Bengston’s “Billy II: (Paintings of Three Decades)” was published in 1988 on the occasion of an exhibition organized by the Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, and The Oakland Museum.

Accompanied by texts from Jane Livingston, Karen Tsujimoto, Henry T. Hopkins and Maurice Tuchman, this 144 page book (including two gatefolds) colourfully showcases the flamboyant paintings of iconic Venice, Los Angeles-based artist/surfer/motorcycle racer Billy Al Bengston.

Bengston’s work in painting and sculpture (a key artist of the Ferus Gallery group, first exhibiting there in 1958) was aligned with ‘West Coast Pop’. He employed industrial materials and techniques associated with the decoration of motorcycle tanks and surfboards in the creation of his works; the polished surfaces he achieved with spray lacquer connected him to early conceptions of Finish Fetish. Through the years he has collaborated with friends Frank Gehry and Ed Ruscha, amongst others.

This book, designed by Dana Levy, also includes a chronology, exhibition checklist, selected exhibitions and a selected bibliography.

* Condition: Very Good (only minor shelf wear, tanning)– All care is taken to provide accurate condition details of used books, photos available on request.

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