(un)FASHION

January 26, 2018 - Comment

Before Tibor died, he and Maira traveled extensively and collected images of the insane, inspired, and beautiful clothing and other body ornament. Here are photographs with no text beyond section headings; captions and credits are appended. Among the sections body art, accessories, tribes, standard issue, optics, dressed to kill, facemasks, modesty, mobile home, headgear, holywear,

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Before Tibor died, he and Maira traveled extensively and collected images of the insane, inspired, and beautiful clothing and other body ornament. Here are photographs with no text beyond section headings; captions and credits are appended. Among the sections body art, accessories, tribes, standard issue, optics, dressed to kill, facemasks, modesty, mobile home, headgear, holywear, and death. There is no index, bibliography, or page numbers. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)In an effort to capture great exuberance for life, authors Maira and the late Tibor Kalman put together a chaotic blend of current images from all over the world. (un){fashion} is a personal and loosely anthropological photo essay full of costumes, clothes, faces, and cultures. It is an incredibly colorful and vibrant collection of pictures that capture the expressive qualities of human dressing.

The images are organized by theme. A section on headgear ranges from men in bowler hats to hats fashioned out of newspapers and even a watermelon. The uniform chapter groups together such unlikely companions as matadors, the Dallas Cowboy cheerleaders, and Australian lifeguards. While cross-cultural similarities are drawn, there does not seem to be a strict attempt to force meaning out of likeness. Rather, the book is a meandering and barely organized journey teeming with surprising sights–a Russian military dog in full gas-mask regalia, a whole-body costume made of flowers, a tin can worn through an ear as jewelry. If you’re at all interested in travel and the wacky things we put on our bodies, this book is for you. –J.P. Cohen

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D. Theod says:

Fantastic! This is a tremendous little book. It is a compilation of photographs from the epic nineties benetton magazine Colors. Originally conceived by arguably the greatest American graphic designer Tibor Kalman, this book was completed posthumously by Kalman’s wife Maira (a talented author in her own right). The book gradually tells an international story about humans and fashion as a part of culture without any words, only photographs. This book took me an hour to go through the first time. I began…

Terry Weiss says:

Wonderful images of people all over the world

Anonymous says:

I debated about buying this book as I couldn’t think WHY I wanted it, but am delighted that I did. I like it so much that I bought a second copy to give a friend. Unlike other reviewers, I’m far less clear about why I like it and what I like about it, but I do know that it is a pleasure to look through it. Who would like this book? I am hesitant to guess. If you like outsider art, unique design, clothes that are unusual, to imagine and use your creative brain, then I suspect you’ll find it a…

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