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Issey Miyake at the Philadelphia Museum of Art
There are many gems in the Philadelphia Museum of Art collection at the Berg Fashion Library. Issey Miyake's 'flying saucer dress' is one of them: an eccentric, deceptively fragile collapsible dress inspired by American sculptor Isamu Noguchi - close friend, hero and mentor.
(Image © Philadelphia Museum of Art)
The Berg Fashion Library Bibliographic Guides have been created to provide teachers, students and researchers with a concise overview of all the key readings and schools of thought within a particular disciplinary perspective.
A new guide, Fashion, Dress, and Gender, is now live and available for free:
The Utility Clothing Scheme
The buttons on this tailored ensemble bear a wartime message. They are stamped with the Utility symbol CC41 (Civilian Clothing 1941). The Utility Scheme was introduced in 1941 in Britain to ensure that consumer goods were produced to the highest possible standards at 'reasonable' prices.
(Image © Victoria and Albert Museum, London)
Yves Saint Laurent
"Fashion is like a party. Getting dressed is preparing to play a role. I am not a couturier, I am a craftsman, a maker of happiness."
Go to article to find out more about his life, work and inspiration.
(Image © Metropolitan Museum of Art)
The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)
Bloomsbury is delighted to announce a new partnership with the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), to make 1,500 images of their outstanding Costume and Textile collection available through the Berg Fashion Library.
(Image © Los Angeles County Museum of Art)
The popular cyberpunk literary movement generated two very different types of futuristic styles: the slick, lean, high-fashion techno-fetishism vs the post-apocalyptic deconstructed punk style – distressed fabrics with shredding, tears, raw edges, and exposed seam.
(Image © Fashion Photography Archive, photo by Niall McInerney)