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The Model As Muse: Embodying Fashion [Paperback]

Harold Koda
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30 May 2009
'Model as Muse' explores fashion's reciprocal relationship to iconic beauties that represent the evolution and changing face of the feminine ideal. Featuring a brief historical overview of the phenomenon of the supermodel, the book begins in the early twentieth century and continues to the present day. Dorian Leigh and Lisa Fonssagrives in the 1940s are joined in the 1950s by Dovima, Sunny Harnett, and Suzy Parker. They are followed by Jean Shrimpton and Twiggy in the early 1960s and Lauren Hutton in the 1970s. The 1980s witnessed such enduring personalities as Cindy Crawford, Christy Turlington, Naomi Campbell, and Linda Evangelista, while the 1990s brought on Kate Moss, whose edgy, street-inflected style has inspired not only fashion designers, editors, stylists, and photographers, but artists such as Chuck Close and Lucien Freud. With an emphasis on styles from the 1950s onward, the book features designs from the great ready-to-wear and couture houses - Madame Gres, Christian Dior, and Balenciaga in the 1950s; Rudi Gernreich, Yves Saint Laurent, and Cardin in the 1960s; Giorgio di Sant'Angelo and Halston in the 1970s; Christian Lacroix, Versace, Comme des Garcons, and Calvin Klein in the 1980s; and, Marc Jacobs, John Galliano, and Alexander McQueen in the 1990s.
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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Metropolitan Museum of Art (30 May 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1588393135
  • ISBN-13: 978-1588393135
  • Product Dimensions: 33 x 26.4 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

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"More glamorous than movie stars ... in these pages you can see why models hold us in their thrall." --Daily Express, 19th June 2009

"Featuring work [a] ... galaxy of contributors, The Model as Muse [is] ... beautifully designed, printed and compiled." --Professional Photographer, 1st July 2009

"This lavish book ... reaffirms the positive influence of models in fashion." --Good Book Guide, July 2009

"A beautiful, large-format book charting the model throughout the history of fashion photography." --Crafts Magazine, 1st July 2009 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Harold Koda is curator in charge at The Costume Institute at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the author of many fashion books including 'Extreme Beauty: The Body Transformed', 'Chanel', and 'Poiret', all available from Yale. Kohle Yohannan is an independent curator and the author of 'Clair McCardell' and 'John Rawlings: 30 Years in Vogue'. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Model as a Muse 8 April 2010
By Jamie
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This is a great sized, solid book with large format reproductions.

I am more interested in this type of book for the images, and they did not disappoint in the reproduction. The images themselves seemed rather predictable...anyone with a collection/ love of vogue with have seen many of these before...

The book chapters include:

The World between Wars
The Golden age of Haute Couture
The Body Politic
Epilogue: The branded Body

Each Chapter overviews models, designers of the age..with focus on models and including photographs. The Supermodel chapter beguins with 1980/90s...Concluding with models of the day such as Kate Moss and Naomi Campbell...
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4.0 out of 5 stars Model as Muse 16 Jun 2010
Bought this book as a gift but couldn't resist having a peek - turned page after page, and enjoyed great fashion/arty photos from the last few decades ....now on my wish list!
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5.0 out of 5 stars iconic review for the millenials 16 May 2009
By Ben C, - Published on Amazon.com
The Model as Muse is simply a must-have encyclopedia couture. Whether you are from the generation of Baby Boomers, the Generation X or the Millennials... this book will provide you with an in-depth overview of the past, the present and interesting theories and perspectives for you to form your own views of the fashion and the design world.


Fashionable as it may sound... The Model as Muse certainly captures everything you need to know about the models and the world of fashion. Yohannan certainly proved to us as being the pioneer in hybrid fashion and intellectual analysis with this fantastic docu-literary of everything from photographers and their photographs, models and their lives, designers and their creations, and a surprisingly, a fresh, yet intellectual and contemporary analysis of what you need to know to speak intelligently about this industry.

If you are an outsider and you see the fashion industry as shallow then you must read this book! If you are an insider and if you think you know it all, then you must read every pages of this book as it will share with you the intricate details of the foundation of fashion 101. The writing is superb and very Vogue, styled with a hint of academia.

It is an excellent Muse for all of us who constantly seek everyday inspiration.

PS: It is also a great gift for any Lindsay Lohan fans who love the Devil Wears Prada and listen to Madonna and read Vogue... and think that is all to know to speak intelligently about fashion. Be-Muse yourself with this book and you will actually learn something!
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful book 16 July 2009
By Jose Manuel Sampedro - Published on Amazon.com
If you love fashion world, models and photography this is your book. Wonderful pictures of the best photographers and the main models through the fashion history. You won't regret it!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's a beautiful book! 9 Mar 2011
By monnie09yo - Published on Amazon.com
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I have this book on my coffee table and it just stands out. I love Kate Moss, and I was so happy to see so much on her in this book. There are many other beautiful models in this one. There are some nude images but it's still amazing. haha. It's definitely worth the price :)
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing book. A must for anyone who saw the ... 2 July 2014
By Kal - Published on Amazon.com
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Amazing book. A must for anyone who saw the original exhibit at the Met or missed it and now wants to enjoy.
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing 21 Oct 2013
By James A Avila - Published on Amazon.com
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The book is everything I could ask for with some of the best of the best models in the business. I purchased the book for my admiration of a legendary model.
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