Friday, November 19, 2010

New Things On My Bookshelf. Conversational Treasures.

 One of the greatest pleasure of my life is my love for books. It is my constant source of inspiration and my only guild free hobby.  Over this past Summer and this Fall I have made several additions to my personal library and would like to share them with you. :-))) . I completely fell in love with the book named "Geografia De La Moda Espanola", the cover of which you see on the picture above.
 I came across it by accident while working on extremely complicated new design , a hat I decided to name "Carmen". It is still in production and I will post pictures of it as soon as it will be finished. The book is filled with extraordinary designs by Spanish designers.
 Who knew that there are 28 talented names in the contemporary Spain. All 28 were a revelation to me.
         To my greatest shame the only Spanish designer until this point for me was Balenciaga.
I would recommend this book to anybody who loves Fashion as much as I do!
 This is also one of my favorites - book by Francois Baudot ( the author of many wonderful books on the subject of Fashion and Design) "Yohji Yamamoto" .
 The book is filled with spectacular images of the the designs by Yamamoto  who is considered to be firmly in the ranks of the world's greatest stylists.
 This book is one of my top favorites in my library - "Folkert De Jong: Les Saltimbanques". Undeniably, quintessential European production about the art of very young Dutch artist who makes this mind capturing creepy sculptures. :-)))
 They are beyond amazing. Do I see the shadow of Francisco Goya smiling in the corner of the pages?
 This book was an unexpected gift from a very good friend. Not something I would deliberately buy simply because I have never found Pucci fabric prints particularly interesting.
 What captured my attention is the evolution of the brand based on single direction. Fascinating really. :-)
 I also tremendously enjoying this book by the name "Sung" by Greenberg Van Doren. The book is a self- titled catalog which documents the work of Sung - a Thai artist born in 1984.
 Just like Takashi Murakami, Sung seems to embrace  some aspects of Anime style. I think that she is the one to watch.
 Extraordinarily talented, I think we will see great tings from Sung. :-)
  This girl with balloons reminds me of my daughter Anastasia. :-)
 "Avedon Fasion 1944-2000" is another fantastic book I would recommend to anybody. It is written by Carol Squiers and Vince Alleti Abrams. Fantastic 372-page catalogue filled with visions of great Avedon.
 I know that there are plenty of books dedicated to Grace out there, but this one, by far, is one of my absolute favorites. It was written by H. Kristina Haugland to accompany an exhibition in V&A. Delightful!
 "Pierre Cardin" is absolutely a must to read. His 60 years love affair with fashion holds not only inspiration but also hundreds of reflections to each decade for the past 60 years.
 Look at this thigh high boots, long gloves and color blocked dresses. The photograph is almost 60 years old and, yet, we see the elements of  Cardin's design in the most recent Fashion Collections.
 Finally, I have to admit - "Barbie" book was a spontaneous purchase, but I ended up enjoying it a lot!
 Not only did I enjoy the graphics and the tiny details of the doll's outfits, more so I enjoyed creeping out my hubby and Anastasia with this Barbie mask.
Anastasia reaction: "You should, like, totally wear this masks for teacher-parent conference!" . Brilliant idea, Anastasia, that will teach them! :-)))) . I am wishing all of you wonderful weekend.:-)


David Toms said...

Anya, books are my most prized possessions and I am totally envious of your new acquisitions! I have the Cardin book and I love it. A lot of people tend to dismiss Cardin nowadays as a result of all the licensing, however he was such a true innovator that he cannot be ignored. I myself love his designs and they are always a constant source of inspiration for me. Some of my new purchases are books on Lanvin and Gres, plus some "boy" books on ocean liners and aeroplanes.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Jan said...

A most inspirational shelf!
I had no idea there are so many Spanish designers.
Have a lovely weekend Anya.

Talking with Tami said...

Oh my, I wanted that Barbie book sigh! It's soo expensive lol

Spoiled Feline said...

These seem to be very nice books, I just wish I had the time to read them. Everytime I read something(for pleasure/leisure) I feel guilty for not reading the things that I SHOULD be reading. As soon as I have the time, and get my hands on it I'll read the Pierre Cardin one, thank you for the recommendation!
And as a response here's a recommendation of my own -if you don't mind & if you haven't read it already- Dario Fo's "Accidental Death of an Anarchits". It is a very nice book and I had a lot of fun reading it :)

Have a great weekend, dear Anya!

VMcreation-fashion-studio-atelier said...

You are absolutely right,dear Anya about the books with a Fashion history!

It would be only more intresting every year.
You can staying alot,alot of time after those stories and beyond wonderful photos!!!

Oh,how intresting,how unimaginable great is the book "Carmen'' about spanish designers,truly,never hear early about thiss book.

Thank you so very much,my dear,dear Anya for share your passion with us:-)))*

Wish you too sweet,lovely weekend,my beautiful friend!

Much Love to you,

Sandy at Ooh La Frou Frou said...

Wow, what a great post, darling! I'm putting several of your book recommendations on my Christmas list! The only one I was really familiar with was Avedon, since I am a huge fan of his photography. I've seen the book cover on Amazon of the Grace Kelly Style book but haven't had the chance to look at it and now I want it! So many good ones you have listed! And the story of the Barbie mask is too hilarious! Thanks so much for such a lovely post! Also, thanks for dropping a line and getting back to me on my request from the other day. I admire your work and would love to feature you at some point, but realize that your creations are artwork and would never think of copying images of something from your blog without speaking with you first. I left you a little note in respone to your comment, but I will just tell you here what I said. That at some point I would love to feature you and your work on the blog and maybe have one of the girls modeling one of your hats. When I am ready to do that post, I will contact you ahead of time so we can discuss it. Hope you're having a wonderful weekend, sweet.

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Anya,

You have shared some fabulous books with us and will look out for some of them.
The Grace Kelly book looks beautiful and I heard about this the other day. I will put that on my Christmas list.
Also the book by the name "Sung" looks cute. I also love books and find it such a nice thing to give and receive.
Thanks for sharing.

I hope that you are having a beautiful weekend

janettaylor said...

WoW! What those books! Nice post, darling Anya!


Kate said...

Wow these look fascinating! I adore books so thanks for these great recommendations.
can't wait for the "carmen"hat!

Champagne Macarons said...

Beautiful collection of books, darling. I, too, emerse myself in them ~ a place to dream. Barbie is still my favourite.
How are you? I'm certain you are quite busy creating your masterpieces.
I didn't know your husband is an architect. This course is intense. I love it but drafting a home and guest house on a 1/4" scale ~ 4" walls, -8" ground line, etc. makes my head ache! However, the end result is very gratifying,
although I needed a glass of champagne to celebrate that the project is OVER ;)

The mask idea at parent-teacher conference is brilliant ~ love it!

xoxo, B

Rachel {Inspiration in Italy} said...

Hello inspiring friend, I too love books however I am ashamed to admit that I allow life and time to get in the way of time spent reading these days. One day I must cultivate this love more, and I wish to collect many wonderful books when I eventually stop moving all over the world! :)

Your review on "Grace Kelly Style" caught my attention specifically, because I have always been fascinated by her simple elegance. She has succeeded in turning heads throughout the years, by simply being a representation of classic beauty and beautiful style. I will need to read this one, and the rest sound fascinating also!

I hope you had a gorgeous weekend, and thank you again for your recent kind words. They mean so much to me...


Marina said...

Geografia De La Moda Espanola looks absolutely dreamy Anya! I would love to add that one to my collection.
I can understand your love for books (a passion of mine also) ... they are taking over my house ... as well as the endless magazines.
Have a great week hon ...

Dustjacket Attic said...

Oh Anya as a book lover your have me envious. These look totally gorgeous, I shall have to keep my eyes open for them.

thank you so much for sharing some of your books with us.

I have my Lanvin girl looking at me right now! As I said she is my blog muse....I love her.
xoxoxo DJ

Kat said...

thanks for the inspiration. a few weeks back i had that pucci book in my hands (but i didn't buy it), it's so pretty :)

oh, and i loooove the cover of the yohji yamamoto book!

(thanks so much for your words on my new painting!)

SabinePsynopsis said...

What wonderful books, Anya - so inspirational! I just bought Diana Vreeland's 'Allure'and love it. My main problem is finding the time to look and read it. xoxo

Haute World said...

I love your book selection! I'll have to get my hands on the Yohji and Pierre Cardin books! I've also been wanting to purchase the Margiela book for the longest time, but never got around to it...

Angie Muresan said...

Oh yes! I adore books! And the ones you are recommending are so gorgeous. I believe that the one about Grace Kelly would probably be my first buy.

The Gossamer Tearoom said...

Dearest Anya,
How did I get this far behind in my blog reading? I just love your book collection! Books are very dear to me too. When in Paris, do you visit the Taschen store in the 6th? We love it there!

Hugs to you,


Shelly said...

Love to see pictures from the Barbie book! I might have to save up for it. Pictures look awesome.