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What Artists Wear

by Charlie Porter

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Published 27th May 2021, 376 pages
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*A Financial Times Book of the Year*

‘The first time I opened What Artists Wear , I gasped with pleasure. Imagine it as a kind of punk cousin to John Berger’s Ways of Seeing , liberally illustrated with the most astonishing images of artists, decked out in finery or rags … It transported me to somewhere glamorous, exciting, even revolutionary’ Olivia Laing, Guardian



Most of us live our lives in our clothes without realizing their power. But in the hands of artists, garments reveal themselves. They are pure tools of expression, storytelling, resistance and creativity: canvases on which to show who we really are.

In What Artists Wear , style luminary Charlie Porter takes us on an invigorating, eye-opening journey through the iconic outfits worn by artists, in the studio, on stage, at work, at home and at play. From Yves Klein’s spotless tailoring to the kaleidoscopic costumes of Yayoi Kusama and Cindy Sherman; from Andy Warhol’s signature denim to Charlotte Prodger’s casualwear, Porter’s roving eye picks out the magical, revealing details in the clothes he encounters, weaving together a new way of understanding artists, and of dressing ourselves.

Part love letter, part guide to chic, and featuring generous photographic spreads, What Artists Wear is both a manual and a manifesto, a radical, gleeful, inspiration to see the world anew-and find greater pleasure and possibility in the clothes we all wear.

Details

What Artists Wear
by Charlie Porter

ISBN
9780141991252

Publisher
Penguin Books Ltd

Binding
Paperback

Publication date
May 27, 2021

Dimensions
18.1cm x 11.1cm x 3.0cm

Page count
376 pages