Spirals are a recurring motif in the work of Louise Bourgeois, including her sculpture, painting, and drawings from as early as the 50s through 2010 the year of her death. It has two directions. Where do you place yourself, at the periphery or at the vortex? The spiral is simultaneously ´´the fear of losing control´´ and the experience of ´´giving up control; of trust, positive energy, of life itself.´´ In another book Bourgeois is quoted as saying ´´The spiral is important to me. It is a twist. As a child, after washing tapestries in the river, I would turn and twist and wring them... Later I would dream of my father´s mistress. I would do it in my dreams by wringing her neck. The spiral - I love the spiral - represents control and freedom.´´ In materials as diverse as wood, steel, bronze, latex, marble, plaster, resin, hemp, lead, ink, pencil, crayon, woodcut, watercolor, and gouache, Bourgeois investigates every imaginable manifestation of the spiral, from graphic patterns to graphite whorls, wobbly orbits to chiseled vortices, twisted columns to coiling snakes, staircases, and pyramids. The cursive blue-paper word drawings, in English and French, complement the purely visual works by conveying the spirit of Bourgeois´ poetry in extraordinary pictorial forms.
This fascinating publication presents the roles two men have played in turning a small workshop in nineteenth-century Paris into one of the most successful and recognized brands in the world. Known for both craftsmanship and must-have high design, Louis Vuitton the luxury house was started by its eponymous founder in 1854. The first half of this publication traces the innovations by Vuitton, who turned the little-known guild profession of emballeur (packer) into the foremost luxury trunk maker in Paris, with a clientele that included in his lifetime the French nobility as well as the elite of a prosperous empire. Prime and never-before-seen examples of Vuitton´s craftsmanship, along with the fashion that went into them, are the highlights of these chapters. The second half of the book examines the role of Marc Jacobs as Louis Vuitton´s creative director (since 1997), who took the Louis Vuitton house into a new era with a series of collaborations with artists and designers-such as Takashi Murakami, Richard Prince, and Stephen Sprouse-as well as designing a line of highly successful and desired clothing for the company. By examining two divergent but often similar careers one hundred years apart, Louis Vuitton / Marc Jacobs is not only a layered study of the evolution of a luxury brand in the past 150 years but also a celebration of technical and design innovations in the new century.
This volume is an unprecedented history of Louis Vuitton´s women´s bags, the most coveted line of accessories in women´s fashion. At the heart of Louis Vuitton are its City Bags, a range of women´s bags that dates back to the turn of the twentieth century. Featuring the trademark monograms of the house, the City Bag story began with the Steamer, a resort bag designed in 1901 to be packed inside a much larger steamer trunk. These bags have in a hundred years formally diversified into a dizzying array of handbags for every conceivable function demanded by the modern woman. Profoundly influential, City Bags are now known to millions by their descriptive names (Keepall, Bucket, Papillon, Alma, Locket, Noe, Speedy) and are still evolving into more fantastical forms. Lavishly illustrated with new and archival photography, historical graphics, landmark editorials, and ad campaigns, the volume traces the history of these specific bag families, and examines the earliest specimens and today´s most sought-after collectibles, including Vuitton´s collaborations with Takashi Murakami, Stephen Sprouse, Richard Prince, Yayoi Kusama, and Rei Kawakubo and one-off projects by Zaha Hadid, Shigeru Ban, Vivienne Westwood, Helmut Lang, Andrée Putman, and of course, Marc Jacobs. Louis Vuitton: City Bags is an ambitious volume on the creation and cultivation of a cultural phenomenon.
This addition to the ´´Stitched Textiles´´ series offers guidance on a range of techniques, from hand-stitching to incorporating objects found in nature, towards the goal of making textiles that convey five different aspects of the natural world: the ocean, rainforest, botany, birds and animals.
Nonverbale Kommunikationssignale durch Kleidung, Tonfall, Mimik und Gestik verlieren immer mehr an gesellschaftlicher Bedeutung, denn unser Blick gilt dem eigenem Screen und seltener dem realen Gegenüber. Das Individuum lebt zunehmend in einer virtuellen Welt und agiert in sozialen Netzwerken. Die künstlerische Arbeit befasst sich mit dem Wertverlust von Bekleidung als Mittel zur Identitätsdarstellung. Identität wird heute vor allem über social-media Plattformen konstruiert, dort wo das Individuum körperlos digital kommuniziert und sich mit Bildern, Links und Likes bekleidet. Lässt sich ein Vergleich zwischen Bekleidungsetiketten und virtueller Identitätsperformanz herstellen?
Persische Textilien. Die Sammlung Ramezani:Persian Textiles. The Ramezani Family Collection Marie-Louise Nabholz-Kartaschoff