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Wild - Fashion Untamed [Paperback]

Andrew Bolton

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30 Oct 2004 Metropolitan Museum of Art
Since prehistoric times, furs and feathers have been used not only for warmth and protection but also for display and adornment. Offering lively insights into the decorative possibilities of pelts and plumes, Wild: Fashion Untamed examines fur's ability to announce the wealth and status of the wearer by looking at the clothing of Renaissance aristocrats as well as that of contemporary Hip-Hop performers such as P. Diddy and Missy Elliott. Wild also examines how pelts and plumes have come to define ideals of femininity by quoting the physical and sexual characteristics of birds and beasts. Examples include an unprecedented array of designs by Azzedine Alaia, Roberto Cavalli, Dolce and Gabbana, John Galliano for Christian Dior, Jean Paul Gaultier, Alexander McQueen, Thierry Mugler, and Yohji Yamamoto. The book also features fantastical feathered costumes of Las Vegas showgirls and coquettish "birds of paradise" creations by milliners Stephen Jones and Philip Treacy. Lavishly illustrated and entertainingly written, Wild reveals how faunal apparel, whether in the form of pelts, plumes, prints, or animal symbolism, has represented and will continue to represent one of man's more primal instincts. This book accompanies an exhibition at The Metropolitan Museum of Art (November 9, 2004, to February 13, 2005).

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An extensive exploration of fashion's ongoing obsession with animalism, this glamorous book examines the decorative possibilities of pelts and plumes in the work of designers including Roberto Cavalli, John Galliano, Alexander McQueen, and Yohji Yamamoto.

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Andrew Bolton is the Associate Curator of the Costume Institute of The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Nothing special... 4 May 2011
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This book serves as a treatise on the fact that cavemen wore fur pelts and how we as humans never really grew out of that. For fashion historians this book would serve as a wonderful addition to your library; for everyone else, it's a pass. Most of the pictures in the book can be found online or, frankly speaking, are not that interesting.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing 24 May 2010
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Totally amazing book and great reference! Not quite what I expected - but it is wonderful with out of this world photographs!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wild: Fashion Untamed (Metropolitan Museum of Art Series) 10 April 2007
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For any referance you cannot go terrible wrong with the Metro Series....

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