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70s Style & Design [Hardcover]

Dominic Lutyens , Kirsty Hislop
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2 Nov 2009
Forget platforms and flares, think the Pompidou Centre and Fiorucci. This sensationally illustrated appraisal of all aspects of 70s design celebrates the era for what it really was aesthetically eclectic and iconoclastic, a time when good taste was challenged, but not just in an orange-and-brown-and-man-made-fibres way. Sidestepping the clichés, 70s Style & Design documents the huge creative scope of a decade which, more than any other, continues to influence fashion, design, music, film and literature today. The book segues between high and popular culture as it harnesses the eras multifarious trends from the Biba-led Art Deco revival to the ecology movement, punk to postmodernism examining the lifestyle shifts and subcultures that shaped them and charting their influence on fashion, design, architecture, interiors and art, from London to Paris, Milan to New York. Seventies Style & Design features a roll call of the decades pivotal fashion designers (including Yves Saint Laurent, Vivienne Westwood, Zandra Rhodes, Kansai Yamamoto, Issey Miyake, Antony Price, Barbara Hulanicki, Bill Gibb, Elio Fiorucci, Mr Freedom) as well as a diverse range of architecture and interiors (from Frank Gehry to Robert Venturi, High-tech to the Habitat look), furniture design (from Alessandro Mendini to John Makepeace), graphic design and illustration (including Milton Glaser, Alan Aldridge, Barney Bubbles, George Hardie, Jean-Paul Goude and Peter Saville) and art (David Hockney, Peter Blake, Cindy Sherman, Andrew Logan and Duggie Fields).

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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson (2 Nov 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0500514836
  • ISBN-13: 978-0500514832
  • Product Dimensions: 2.6 x 25.4 x 30.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 438,089 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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`A kitschfest of the highest order ... witty, perceptive and luxuriously designed' --The Spectator

'A visual feast, charting with considerable verve that decade's far-from-understated legacy' --Harper's Bazaar

'Truly inspirational' --Living-etc

`Offers a plethora of reasons to be nostalgic' --Elle Decoration

`Lavish - packed full with amazing photographs and exploring all manner of fashion, interior and architecture delights ... a must for anyone with a keen interest in retro

'Excellent visual material is matched by informative, often anecdotal, captions ... this comprehensive survey contextualises the prevailing influences with authority and affection.'
--Nicole Swengley, Financial Times

'The first ripple in the fickle tide of fashion turning back in the decade's favour'
--Grand Designs

'An impressive array of 1970s tastemakers gave interviews for the book ... In capturing the visual noise of the decade, the hectic turnover and profusion of competing styles, they convey an appropriate sense of turbulence'
--Andy Beckett, London Review of Books

'Really Striking photography and illustrations ... nostalgic and refreshing'
--The Great Indoors Magazine

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5.0 out of 5 stars Visually stunning and good information 23 Feb 2010
A beautiful and lush book, superbly produced, with just the right amount of image to text for informative reading should you want a bit of distraction from Nietzsche and Derrida. As one occasionally does.

I was there at the time and although I was too shy to have experienced all of the hotspots personally, I am actually surprised to find the text amazingly accurate. Unusually for now, the names are spelled correctly throughout and all the text is pertinent, which is not always the case in reminiscences of this kind. But then, this is a Thames and Hudson production, and one would expect no less.

So far I have noted only one omission - that of Terry Jones, long-time editor of i-D who appears but without a credit. Worse things happen at sea. It's still a great book, fun to have, marvelous to dip into, and above all, as a reminder of what an incredibly rich visual environment we had at that time, before it all got into the hands of the exploiters, the money-makers, those who run everything into the ground.
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5.0 out of 5 stars 70's Style Lives On! 19 Dec 2009
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If you remember the 70's with fondness, this will bring it all back and remind you why you loved the times so much. The 60's were just the setup for the manifestation stage of the spirit, philosophy, and urge to stretch out, spread your wings and have a good time.

Seeing the trans-Atlantic richness of design accumulated in this very beautiful book helped me see how grounded my own ongoing sense of design is in the 70's aesthetic. Thames & Hudson continues their tradition of providing great art books, good commentary and balance, and juicy visuals.

We needed this survey of what the essence of that decade was. Much of it still looks very Now and if it doesn't to you, the exhuberance and playfulness will make you long for a return. If so, you might enjoy my out-of-print book from 1974, Native Funk & Flash: An Emerging Folk Art, found in the used books section where you can still find a few old copies. (Just look for Funk & Flash.)
5.0 out of 5 stars This book is FANTASTIC 4 April 2014
By charles boyd - Published on Amazon.com
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Whoa this is a truly beautiful book. And well-written! I love it. It shows a wide variety of styles and explains their origins. The 30's-inspired glammy looks, the japanese and italian designers that were hot, the exercise apparel fad. Just great stuff. And the graphics are phenomenal.
5.0 out of 5 stars great book! 1 April 2013
By marcos lutyens - Published on Amazon.com
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this is a very thorough and insightful overview of the style and design tendencies of the 70's as well as their earlier roots in previous decades' trends. Great pics too.
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