The Ultimate Guide on the Most Wanted Fashion Books

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The Ultimate Guide on the Most Wanted Fashion Books

Here’s a selection of the best and wanted books on the fashion industry that is taking the world by storm.

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Undercover By Jun Takahashi Book

The first comprehensive book on the work of Jun Takahashi of UNDERCOVER, an icon of Harajuku streetwear and the presumptive heir to the heavy mantle of Japanese deconstruction. Pages: 256

Yamamoto & Yohji Book

Since the early ’80s, Yohji Yamamoto’s groundbreaking silhouettes and innovative design aesthetic have propelled him to the highest rank of the international avant-garde. Distinguished by his anti-fashion approach, Yamamoto changed the face of contemporary fashion, radically transforming it with asymmetrical and highly conceptual designs partly inspired by the techniques of traditional Japanese kimonos.

His vision came as a refreshing contrast to the power suits and brightly clad fashions of the time, forcing a reconsideration of the future direction of fashion.

In YAMAMOTO & YOHJI, this luxuriously bound book explores all the major themes in his forty years of counter-fashion design showing for the very first time his work not only on the Yamamoto brands but as well on his brand Y’s and these various collaborations in architecture, movies, plays, literature. Pages: 428

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Cool: Style, Sound, And Subversion Book

This book is equal parts historical chronicle and handbook of subcultures that have influenced style.

The authors have compiled a comprehensive list of subcultures that have evolved over more than 100 years, taking a look at the fashion, the art, the music, and historical context of these style movements.

Lavish with original illustrations, this book references a wealth of ephemera including timelines, zeitgeist films, zines, secret music scenes, and art collectives to give the reader a thoroughly vibrant picture of each movement and their sub-movements. Rizzoli. Pages: 272

Hiroshi Fujiwara: Fragment Book

The first monograph on the “godfather of streetwear,” this book pays homage to Hiroshi Fujiwara’s influence on contemporary fashion, music, and design.

The most comprehensive book devoted to the extensive work of Hiroshi Fujiwara-a pioneer in streetwear, music, and art, and the ultimate arbiter of cool. Known internationally as one of the founding fathers of Tokyo’s Harajuku scene, Fujiwara exerts a disproportionate influence over contemporary design culture.

Having collaborated with the likes of Malcolm McLaren and Vivienne Westwood as a teenager in the early 1980s, he merged a seminal interest in punk with hip-hop and skate culture to become one of Japan’s principal tastemakers.

A musician and producer, Fujiwara is also one of the most prolific sneaker designers, and his kicks are some of the most sought-after collectibles. In addition to his very visible and long-standing collaborations with Nike, he has authored a number of fashion lines and is at the head of the Tokyo-based Fragment Design.

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Stan Smith: Some People Think I´M A Shoe Book

The first definitive volume that celebrates the best-selling adidas sneaker with a cultlike global following. Featuring original imagery, historical photos, an exclusive portrait series by artist Juergen Teller, and contributions from style arbiters such as Raf Simons and Pharrell, plus an interview and anecdotes from the man behind the sneaker, Stan Smith Rizzoli, 208 pages

Sneakers X Culture: Collab Book

A celebration of the great sneaker collaborations that have reimagined the shoe, elevating this most practical of footwear into the realm of wearable art. The ubiquitous sneaker is the canvas upon which so many defiers of convention—artists, musicians, athletes, and celebrities—have sought to make their mark and through the sneaker contribute to a unique identity and attitude among sneakerheads everywhere. Collected here are the best sneaker collaborations with the biggest makers—Adidas, Converse, Nike, Puma, Reebok—featuring nearly one hundred famous, infamous, and lesser-known partnerships. Museum-quality studio photographs of each sneaker are accompanied by visuals collected from the archives of sneaker makers, as well as ephemera such as design sketches and drawings illustrating the creative process. Pages: 256

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