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Geoffrey Beene was fiercely independent, radical, subversive, and loved by ladies who lunched and underground scenesters alike. As an adventurous artist and an experimental designer, Mr. Beene (as his friends called him) helped define modern American fashion in the latter twentieth century. His designs explored the shapes and contortions of the human body using seams, geometry, and even hardware to define and insinuate the shape and scope of nature's most proud creation. From his infamous zipper dress to the jumpsuit and bolero to his witty design details, bold prints, and contrasts, Mr. Beene's influence rocked a new generation of designers and the closets of women across the world. Close friend and cultural maverick Kim Hastreiter recounts the life and work of a passionate artist who was as freethinking, original, and antiestablishment as they come.
Kim Hastreiter is cofounder and editor in chief of Paper Magazine, the nation's most successful and well-respected independent magazine on art, design, pop culture, and fashion; and of papermag.com. Hastreiter serves on the Council of Fashion Designers of America Nominating and Voting Committee and on the voting committee for the National Design Awards for the Cooper-Hewitt. She has coauthored From Abfab to Zen: PAPER's Guide to Pop Culture and 20 Years of Style.
This hardcover book measures 9¼ inches by 11¾ inches. Published October 5, 2008.
Origin: United States
Assouline publishes the illustrated art and fashion books you buy as gifts but end up keeping for yourself. Founded by French husband-and-wife team Prosper and Martine Assouline in 1994, this New York-based publishing house offers a collection of more than 1,000 image-heavy titles on design, fashion, food, art, travel, architecture, and photography. Notable works include "The American Fashion Cookbook," containing recipes from more than 100 designers plus a foreword by Martha Stewart; Claiborne Swanson Frank's "American Beauty," featuring high-art photographs of American women; and Francois Baudot and Francoise Aveline's three-book set on iconic designer Coco Chanel. Aside from its printing press, Assouline operates several charming book boutiques in Paris, New York, Istanbul, and other major world cities.