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The World Atlas of Street Fashion Hardcover – 7 Sep 2017
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Discover the inspirational world of global street styles and the fascinating stories behind them.
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Filled with eye-catching images of 100 styles from around the globe, The World Atlas of Street Fashion is a celebration of those who dare to think differently.
From the Chinese skinheads of Beijing to the feminist funkeiras of São Paolo, the raggare of Stockholm to the Junglists of Whistler, this is world street style as you've never seen it before.
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My favourite is the African guy sporting a waistcoat made out of teddy bears - de stuffed. What fun. The Black Metal section could give you night mares. The Brony Unicorns are delightful. Anything goes!
Many countries, continents of the world are represented; this is an encyclopaedia of street fashion and style. Gorgeous, scary, outrageous, always original and fabulous. Dressing up, dressing down, cosplay, fetish and festival wear, it will keep you entertained and educated for hours.
It shows 100 different styles from different decades and all over the world to show cultural and social influences. What it also show's is how people have been brave, and despite society telling you that you cannot be a certain way, you can and should stand out from the crowd and be completely and utterly individual and yourself.
It is square and around 2 inches thick and is sitting happily on my coffee table, everyone that comes in has a look through it and says how interesting it is. The pages are thick and glossy with lots of stunning pictures. There are even explanations about each style.
I think this would be a great book for fashion students or anyone interested in fashion, but for me primarily if you know of a young person of either gender who is currently experiencing bullying for being different this is a great book to show them. I got this for my niece because she is currently being very badly bullied in school about her hair, her clothes, and my brother recently bought her a new iphone and she was so proud of it and was showing her friends, and the mean girls at school smacked it out of her hands and stamped on it on the floor smashing it to pieces. I wanted to show her that individuality should be not only encouraged but celebrated. Who wants to be a sheep, never follow the crowd, stand out, be yourself, never let anyone put you down. This is what this book portrays.
She loves The World Atlas of Street Fashion, not necessarily all of the styles suit her, but she was very interested to read about them and discover new things.
I personally like squarish format of this book and beautiful textured hardcover. The cover image and many others inside are quite eye catching as well. I still see image of the girl with separated, snake like tongue and bright blue woolf eyes.
Great book for different generations who like fashion, photography or both.
I must admit that it is the diversity of human creative expression, and its rebellious, anti establishment individuality which most delights in this book. By the time cap-it-all ism has sucked out the ‘up yours’ gestures street sometimes makes, sanitised and commodity-ised it and sold it back to those who then buy it as a must-have, it becomes less interesting and formulaic.
Even if someone has no interest in fashion per se, this is a great browsy coffee table book (rather than cover to cover read) for those who love looking at photographs of ordinary people, from all over the world, expressing their culture and individuality, a celebration of individual beauty.
Inevitably, it is a focus on urban, and, personally, I would have liked to have seen much less attention placed on the States (a good third of the book) and Europe, and more on street fashion from Latin America, the Caribbean, Africa and Asia
The accompanying text, something of a dissertation on the influence of pop, film, and politics on fashion, is also of interest
Some styles are obscure and completely unheard of to me; for others I was familiar with the ‘lable’ but didn’t know what it actually meant in terms of clothing (did you know how a 'flogger' or a "ragga" styles themselves?).
As with all books – this compilation is a selection and not a comprehensive guide so naturally there are movements and countries that are not represented. So if you are into a particular movement or style then go for something else.
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