Superheroes: Fashion and Fantasy (2020)

Superheroes Fashion and Fantasy From Wonder Woman s satin stars and golden bracelets to Batman s brooding cape and mask the style of superheroes dress has influenced both street wear and high fashion This richly illustrated book ex
  • Title: Superheroes: Fashion and Fantasy
  • Author: Andrew Bolton Michael Chabon
  • ISBN: 9780300136708
  • Page: 418
  • Format: Hardcover
  • From Wonder Woman s satin stars and golden bracelets to Batman s brooding cape and mask, the style of superheroes dress has influenced both street wear and high fashion This richly illustrated book explores how radical couture, avant garde sportswear, and state of the art military garments as seen through the lens of the superhero can be metaphors for sex, power, and polFrom Wonder Woman s satin stars and golden bracelets to Batman s brooding cape and mask, the style of superheroes dress has influenced both street wear and high fashion This richly illustrated book explores how radical couture, avant garde sportswear, and state of the art military garments as seen through the lens of the superhero can be metaphors for sex, power, and politics Beginning with the origins of the superhero costume, this volume looks at how designers have been influenced by iconographic components such as the cape, mask, boots, and unitard Costumes, such as those worn by Batman and Catwoman, are examined as reflections of sexual and physical prowess, while others, most notably those of Superman and Captain America, are analyzed as political propaganda Superheroes also explores superpowers and their manifestations literal, symbolic, or metaphorical Flash s speed, Iron Man s invulnerability, Hulk s strength, and Spiderman s agility are presented in their fantastical evocations Featured designers include Pierre Cardin, John Galliano, Azzedine Alaia, Giorgio Armani, Hussein Chalayan, Alexander McQueen, Nicolas Ghesquiere, Jean Paul Gaultier, Comme des Gar ons, and Walter van Beirendonck.
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    1. A gorgeously illustrated book based on a show done last summer 2008 at the Met Fashion is linked to superhero costumes, and there s an intriguing commentary on the semiotics of superhero costumes in comics The layout is a bit off the runway images should ve been closely compared to the comic panels and some referenced costumes aren t shown in illustrations But lush, delightful, and rather good on the idea of costume as transformation, and on gender representation in superhero drag Worth looking [...]

    2. Visually stunning photography book of designers doing their take on real superheroes like Batman, Wonder Woman and Iron Man and imaginary superheroes, reminiscent of William Klein s Mr Freedom costume and beyond The usual greats are here Mugler, Gaultier, McQueen, Galliano, Westwood and a gaggle of obscure designers who impress just as much One of the most entertaining fashion books out there

    3. Interesting if not always convincing look at superheroes and fashion, the intersection between them and the societal impulses that influence both.

    4. MET Costume Institute curator Andrew Bolton attempts to bridge the gap between the world of fictional crime fighters and contemporary fashion design The book features the work of some of the most highly regarded fashion houses, as well as the best of Iron Man, Spiderman, Cat Woman and the like.Superheroes Fashion and Fantasy begins with an essay by novelist Michael Chabon discussing the relationship between superheroes and their costumes.In what Chabon coins as Unitard Theory, he emphasizes that [...]

    5. As a companion to an exhibit by The Costume Institute this book is an nice resource The divisions of costume iconic, patriotic, aerodynamic, ard, etc are interesting but they seem almost arbitrary There is little historical or scholarly context Published in 2008 before the current heyday of superhero movies the inspired designs seem dated and Chabon s opening essay almost short sighted It is an alright coffee table book but falls short of any real insight or conclusion.

    6. My eyes my eyesMost of the fashion in the book made me cringe and laugh at the same time In other words, what were they thinking or on I enjoyed the essay by Chabon and that was really about it.

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