ten new books from the past year

From biography to coffee table book and from sneakers to Afro-Surinamese traditional clothing: FashionUnited recommends ten fashion books to give or receive as a gift during the holidays.

The many colors of Sies Marjan

‘The Colors of Sies Marjan’ is an impressively designed Rizzoli book about Sies Marjan, the brand of designer Sander Lak that had to close its doors in 2020. The many vibrant photos of Lak’s designs are not sorted by chronology, but by color, a classification that also forms the basis for the brand’s story. In addition to photos of silhouettes, there are images of drawings, shows and campaigns in the book. It also includes interviews with Lak and contributions from other writers.

ISBN: 9780847872206. Price: approx. €47.50

‘Clothing pile’ by Bianca Streng

Just published: the book ‘Kledinghoop’ by fashion designer and consultant Bianca Streng. In it, Streng discusses the shortcomings of the global clothing industry, and above all shows how things can be improved. She does this on the basis of practical examples and interviews with pioneers in the field of sustainability in the fashion industry. A hopeful book to end the current year and look forward to the next.

ISBN: 789083243931. Price: €27.95

A look at ‘Kledinghoop’ by Bianca Streng. Image: Bianca Streng

’Virgil Abloh: Figures of Speech’

‘Virgil Abloh: Figures of Speech’ was released as a catalog for the exhibition of the same name at the Brooklyn Museum, but can also be read and viewed on its own. The book provides an overview of the work of Abloh, who died in 2021, not only as a fashion designer, but also in the fields of art, design and other disciplines. The book also contains essays and interviews with various collaborators and observers from the Abloh area, including architects Samir Bantal and Rem Koolhaas and fashion critics Lou Stoppard and Anja Aronowsky Cronberg.

ISBN: 9783791359007. Price: approx. €89.00

‘TikTology’ by Kirsten Jassies

The social media app TikTok continues to be a fascinating phenomenon. The app, on which users can share short, creative videos, has quickly become successful in recent years, especially among younger smartphone users. What does this mean for brands? Is it time to stop shooting and start filming? And what makes a TikTok video good? Social media expert Kirsten Jassies addresses these questions in her recent book ‘TikTologie’. In it she also offers practical tips for getting started yourself: useful for those who have a fashion company today.

ISBN: 9789463141390. Price: €20.00

‘Goma Weri’, a book about Afro-Surinamese clothing

Jane Stjeward-Schubert, Ella Broek and Michelle Piergoelam recently published the book ‘Goma Weri’, about Afro-Surinamese traditional costumes. The publication of the book, which was published by LM Publishers, was preceded by several years of research into the wearers and makers of various garments, such as the angisa, koto, yaki and kimona. In the book, personal stories and photos are interspersed with texts about the history of Afro-Surinamese clothing styles and what it means to wear them today.

ISBN: 9789460229923. Price: €29.50

The cover of ‘Goma Weri’. Image: LM Publishers

The Fashion of Harry Styles

For fashion lovers and fans of British pop star Harry Styles, perhaps the best holiday present is ‘Harry Styles and the Clothes he Wears’, written by Terry Newman and published by Acc Art Books. The book documents Styles’ wardrobe, who has grown into a fashion icon in recent years and has entered into collaborations with Gucci, among others. In addition, the book offers insight into Styles’ styling choices and how his outfits refer to historical looks of other stars.

ISBN: 9781788841702. Price: approx. €27.00

Biography about couture house Lecoanet Hemant

Hot off the press: the book ‘Lecoanet Hemant’, the first biography of the couture house of the same name, written by the French researcher and exhibition maker Sylvie Marot. Lecoanet Hemant was founded in Paris in 1981 by the Frenchman Didier Lecoanet and the Indian-German Hemant Sagar. Between 1984 and 2000, they presented 33 couture collections that would contribute to the image of Paris as a fashion capital. In 2000 they moved to New Delhi to start a new chapter there. ‘Lecoanet Hemant’ is filled with old and new photos, sketches and testimonials from the designers and the people around them.

ISBN: 9789461616869. Price: €45.00

Roland Kahn’s biography

Roland Kahn, founder of fashion chain Coolcat, worked in recent years together with RetailTrends editor Reinilde van Ekris on a biography. In ‘Kahn – My life, my loves, my work’, Kahn talks about his career in retail, but also about his activities as a real estate owner and investor. Various people from Kahn’s immediate environment also speak, including his three children and former supervisory directors of his company.

ISBN: 9789081776448. Price: €19.95

Roland Kahn’s biography. Image: Cool Investments

‘De Buitenkant’, by fashion journalist Milou van Rossum

Fourteen writers contributed to ‘De Buitenkant’, a collection of essays compiled by fashion journalist Milou van Rossum about the role of appearance in women’s lives. There are stories about make-up, dating and diets, but also about what it can mean to wear a headscarf, or sneakers and a man’s suit as a woman. With texts by Dilara Bilgiç, Ileen Montijn, Anousha Nzume, Marja Pruis, Joyce Roodnat and Manon Uphoff, among others.

ISBN: 9789493256569. Price: €22.99

’Future Now: Virtual Sneakers to Cutting-Edge Kicks’

‘Future Now: Virtual Sneakers to Cutting-Edge Kicks’ is a sleek collection of all kinds of sneaker innovations, from virtual sneakers to 3D-printed soles and leather made from mushrooms. So this book is not just for you sneakerheads, but also for those interested in making the shoe industry more sustainable or in digital fashion. ‘Future Now’ was written by Elizabeth Semmelhack, curator of the Canadian Bata Shoe Museum, and contains images as well as interviews with well-known designers such as Iris van Herpen and Steven Smith.

ISBN: 9780847871223. Price: €54.95

Looking for more reading tips? In 2020, FashionUnited asked seven fashion professionals about their favorite books. Which books they chose, and why, they tell in a series of interviews. This series is here to find.


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