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The Concise Dictionary of Dress (Hardback)

The Concise Dictionary of Dress (Hardback)

The Concise Dictionary of Dress (Hardback)

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      • Product Description: In this deeply idiosyncratic collaboration between a psychoanalyst and a costume curator, Adam phillips re-describes dress in terms of anxiety, wish and desire.Published in parallel with the Artangel commission at Blythe House, location of the V&A's vast reserve collections, The Concise Dictionary of Dress examines the nature of dictionaries, archives and dress curation and adds stunning photographs recording two overnight tours through Blythe House by renowned photographer Norbert Schoerner.

        Phillips' definitions for words commonly associated with fashion and appearance - such as armoured, conformist, essential, provocative - were paired with eleven installations created by Clark on a walk through this vast building, from its rooftop to an underground coal bunker. Here in print, extending beyond the works at Blythe House, Phillips adds more words, more definitions and a covering essay asking broader questions about what dictionaries are, how we use them and why they matter.

        Judith Clark also presents a written analysis of the Dictionary in response to questions posed anonymously by authorities in fields as varied as cultural theory, fashion history, arts curation and architecture, as well as a comprehensive illustrated catalogue of references used in creating the installations.Judith Clark is a curator of dress and exhibition-maker. She is Reader in the field of Fashion and Museology at London College of Fashion, where she is co-Director (with Amy de la Haye) of  MA Fashion Curation. She is also on the faculty of IUAV (Venice University). Clark opened the first independent gallery of dress (Judith Clark Costume Gallery) in 1998, and has since curated major exhibitions at the V&A (Spectres; Anna Piaggi: Fashionology); ModeMuseum, Antwerp (Malign Muses), Palazzo Pitti, Florence ( Simonetta: La Prima donna della Moda Italiana) and Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam ( The Art of Fashion: Installing Allusions)
      • generic_text_8: Hardback
      • generic_text_3: Judith Clark and Adam Phillips
      • generic_text_7: 978900828352
      • generic_text_4: 01-May-10
      • generic_text_5: 136 pp
      • generic_text_6: 120 colour and b/w illustrations
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