THE LOOK is today named one of the Top Ten best fashion books by British newspaper The Independent. Described as an “entertaining chronicle of the relationship between music and clothes from Elvis Presley to Pete Doherty” by fashion editor Carola Long, THE LOOK lines up alongside such great books as Dior: 60 Years Of Style, Balenciaga Paris, and Rare Bird Of Fashion, the story of the clothing collection and style of textile house founder Iris Apfel.
Rare Bird Of Fashion was put together by Eric Boman, who cut his teeth as a fashion photographer in London after leaving the Royal College, working with designer Antony Price and musicians and performers such as Bryan Ferry.
Boman shot the amazing sleeves for Roxy Music’s landmark album Country Life and Ferry’s second solo release Another Time, Another Place. This photo of a tuxedo’d Ferry by the pool of the Beverly Hills Hotel introduced an entirely new image for the singer, one which endures to this day. At the time he took the shot, Boman was the partner of Peter Schlesinger, whose own photographic book THE LOOK investigated last week.
We recommend Rare Bird Of Fashion highly; while pretty distant from the worlds of rock and pop fashion, the extravagance of the outfits and Apfel’s abilities as an extraordinary image-maker created an appearance which often verged on performance art.
Among other titles in The Indie’s Top Ten are The Beautiful Fall, Alicia Drake’s investigation of the twists and turns in the relationship between the two greatest fashion figures of the late 20th Century Yves Saint Laurent and Karl Lagerfeld, and The Golden Age Of Couture, produced to accompany the V&A exhibition of the same name by fashion curator Claire Wilcox (who also contributed to THE LOOK).
THE LOOK’s appearance in the list means that it is available at a 10% discount from Independent Books Direct on +44 (0)8700 798897.