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Less is More: Minimalism in Fashion [Hardcover]

Harriet Walker

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Book Description

March 22 2011
When it comes to dress, less can most definitely be more. In this striking new book, journalist Harriet Walker surveys one of the most wide-reaching movements in fashion. Minimalism has its roots in the early twentieth century, when women’s clothes became pared down and practical after centuries of complex construction. Walker reviews the work of designers who, over the decades, have adopted minimalist principles in their work, from Coco Chanel, who liberated women from Edwardian formal dress, to Donna Karan and Jil Sander, whose workwear offered women a feminine but credible alternative to power dressing; and from the avant-garde style of Japanese masters Rei Kawakubo and Yohji Yamamoto to contemporary interpretations by Gareth Pugh, Roland Mouret, COS and Zara. With 250 colour illustrations, including specially commissioned photographs, Less is More is the engaging story of an abiding aesthetic that has subtly shaped modern fashion.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Merrell Publishers (March 22 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1858945445
  • ISBN-13: 978-1858945446
  • Product Dimensions: 29.5 x 20.8 x 2.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 Kg
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #754,664 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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… a stunning collection of designers, with fashions that you will never see anywhere but a museum or catwalk … a magnificent volume, to be enjoyed by everyone interested in fashion, style and couture. — Technorati

This study of minimalism in fashion includes fabulous archive shots, dress sketches and catwalk pictures. — Sunday Telegraph, Stella Magazine

… this intriguing hardback is the definitive guide to minimalism in fashion. — Another Magazine

For a definitive guide to pared-down style, read Less is More: Minimalism in Fashion by Harriet Walker (Merrell)… — Elle

A definitive and intellectual yet accessible guide to minimalism in fashion, Harriet Walker's examination of the concept is comprehensive. — The Scotsman

About the Author

Harriet Walker writes on fashion for The Independent newspaper, AnOther Magazine and SHOWstudio.com. She has also contributed to Glamour magazine and Dazed Digital.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Pix Great, Text -- Less Dec 16 2013
By Anne Mills - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This book has beautiful pictures of "minimalism" in fashion over the past 100 years -- I put "minimalism" in quotes. because in this book the word is used to describe simplicity rather than something more rigorous. The text, however, is disappointing. First, there's the print -- an elegant grey in tone, difficult for my old eyes to read. Second, it's got a lot of current art speak in it. Finally, it has less on the Japanese influence than seems appropriate to me. Still and all, lovely pix for fashion addicts.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Less is More: MInimalism in Fashion Nov. 20 2013
By Jan M. Mendoza - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Beautiful book, arrived in perfect condition. I love it from the aesthetic standpoint and also because I want to minimalize my wardrobe. It arrived in a timely fashion as well.

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