Friday, September 2, 2011

Fashion in Colors

There are, I believe, a number of books that draw upon the collection of the Kyoto Costume Institute. But for my money, Fashion in Colors is the best one. Why? Because it organizes the clothing, not by time period or by designer, but by, you guessed it, color. Which means that Nineteenth Century dresses that look perfect for a Jane Austen heroine sit next to gowns by Balenciaga and Schiaparelli, which in turn cozy up with cutting-edge garments by Vivienne Westwood and Junya Watanabe. Genius. Divided into sections on black, multicolor (how much do I love that that's its own section?), blue, red, yellow, and white, this is in truth a nearly perfect volume.

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