When my friend, Abby, first sent me this hefty book by Jonathan Faiers, it seemed too good to be true: an entire book devoted entirely to tartan? No way! After spending hours paging through its gorgeously photo-enhanced chapters, I learned more than I ever thought possible about the history and significance of this lovable pattern. Did you know tartan was once believed to ward off evil spirits? Me either!
As I have discovered, Berg Publishers has a ton of cool books, many of which are centered in fashion and fashion theory. In addition to publishing books like Tartan, Berg also publishes scholarly journals, including Fashion Theory: The Journal of Dress, Body and Culture. This monthly periodical is filled with brilliant essays, interviews and exhibition reviews; for example, the June 2008 issue that I’m paging through right now features an investigative essay by Val Williams concerning the relationship between fashion photography and the museum. Green girls take note – the theme of the latest issue is Eco-Fashion!
Titles we Love:
- Tartan by Jonathan Faiers. October 2008. HB Only:9781845203771
- The Fashion Reader by Linda Welters and Abby Lillethun. February 2007. PB:9781845204860 HB: 9781845204853
- Fashion Theory: The Journal of Dress, Body & Culture. Print ISSN: 1362-704X Online ISSN: 1751-7419
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