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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Abrams (7 April 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0810992299
  • ISBN-13: 978-0810992290
  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 1.6 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 674,186 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Tibor Kalman (1949-1999), one of the world's greatest graphic designers, founded the revolutionary design firm M&Co. Maira Kalman, Tibor's wife and co-founder of M&Co, is the author/illustrator of ten children's books. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mr Murray on 13 Feb. 2009
Format: Paperback
As a fashion student I was so happy to find this book, it is completely unique, colourful and totally inspiring.

In stark contrast to almost every other fashion book i have read there is not a designer label in sight, instead the book uses images of different "everyday" (a term i use loosely) people from all over the globe clad in an unbelievable variety of dress, in which the notion of fashion has never been entertained. The clothing featured ranges from tribal dress to military work-wear and the frankly indescribable. The Images in the book speak for themselves and the absolute lack of text is refreshing.

Not intending to sound pretentious the very fact that fashion is not a consideration in the world of (un)FASHION makes it a gold-mine for any aspiring designer as the garments are untouched by artist, designer or fashion house and therefore completely pure and original.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
Costume Party! 12 Nov. 2001
By Michael Pinto - Published on
Format: Hardcover
While he was alive Tibor Kalman spent his design career showing that one could find "high art" in the everyday world. (un) Fashion is a wonderful tribute to the life of Mr. Kalman (it can be assume that the driving force behind the book is Maira who is a very talented artist in her own right).
The book has several catwalks of a wide range of people from every corner the planet. Each chapter features a traditional or (un)traditional fashion theme like body art, accessories, tribes, dressed to kill and (un)mentionables. Sometimes a featured photo can make a political statement while others show a slight touch of humor, making for entertaining page turning.
While this book isn't your typical "oversized coffee table" the production and presentation show a respect for quality. Unlike your average overpriced collection of pretty pictures this book will make you think, which is rather novel for a book of so few words. (un)Fashion is the sort of book which you will want to share with friends and family and would be a great conversation starter for any social gathering.
35 of 39 people found the following review helpful
(un)Believable! 11 Oct. 2000
By Ghost in the Matrix - Published on
Format: Hardcover
This book is incredible. It's like being a child again and walking around the world and seeing 500 different people, with 500 different cultures and ways of expressing ideas. It's like having the eyes of a 5 year old and asking the question over and over..."What? and Why?" This book is playful discovery. Just imagine opening a book with no introduction, no words...only photos of people around the world - what they wear, what they're doing and how they do it. But like a child you have no idea, no clues or anything. These photos begin to speak for themselves. You don't have the advantage (or disadvantage) of having a writer attach prejudices or judgements to these photos - you are left to explore your own words, prejudices and thoughts. You not only learn things about people...but you learn a lot about yourself and your pre-conceptions about other folks.
For those of you who are Tibor fans...Maira has a very touching write up about her late husband and why he initiated this book.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Dressed To Thrill! 1 April 2007
By Lorenzo Moog - Published on
Format: Paperback
Are there some days when you want a book in your hand but you don't feel like reading? Here's a great book to have around for just such an occasion, "(un)fashion" by Tibor + Maira Kalman. Wow, wow and wow! There's nothing around (to my knowledge) like this little jewel, 9" x 6", I'm not sure how many pages,they aren't numbered,of nothing but
photographs, no text (there is an index to each photo in the back of the book). Not to say that there aren't thousands and thousands of books of photography out there but this one is just different. It is the most spectacular look at how men and women (and a wonderful leaping dog in a gas mask and green plastic coat) from all over the planet choose to adorn themselves both in and out of the social norm. There are images of every kind of painted, pierced, tattooed, masked, beaded, wrapped,unwrapped, turbaned, swathed and nearly naked human being from every corner of the planet. And some really great ideas for tin cans if you are on a tight budget. What a joy and revelation to flip through this book at a leisurely pace marvelling at what can be achieved by imagination and necessity. This book should be seen by anyone who designs, manufactures or wears clothing. It's also useful for those days when you need to wear something special but can't decide quite what. It will give you all the courage you need to go out into the world looking like..........well.... your own special self. Highly recommended.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Wonderful images of people all over the world 21 July 2007
By Terry Weiss - Published on
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I debated about buying this book as I couldn't think WHY I wanted it, but am delighted that I did. I like it so much that I bought a second copy to give a friend. Unlike other reviewers, I'm far less clear about why I like it and what I like about it, but I do know that it is a pleasure to look through it. Who would like this book? I am hesitant to guess. If you like outsider art, unique design, clothes that are unusual, to imagine and use your creative brain, then I suspect you'll find it a fun and inspiring book. If you are conservative in your mind and heart, you'll be bewildered by it. Or, maybe you'll get the jolt you need to see more in the world than you thought was there.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Fantastic! 26 April 2011
By D. Theod - Published on
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This is a tremendous little book. It is a compilation of photographs from the epic nineties benetton magazine Colors. Originally conceived by arguably the greatest American graphic designer Tibor Kalman, this book was completed posthumously by Kalman's wife Maira (a talented author in her own right). The book gradually tells an international story about humans and fashion as a part of culture without any words, only photographs. This book took me an hour to go through the first time. I began studying each photograph and going back to photo's again and again. The book stayed with me for days after I looked at it the first time and have since went through it multiple times. How a book without words can make such an emotional impact can be attributed to the talent of Tibor and Maira Kalman. Especially with how inexpensive it is in the used portion of the site, buy two copies because as soon as you finish it, you will know the perfect person in your life who should possess a copy.
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