The Concise Dictionary of Dress

Judith Clark, Adam Phillips

Violette Editions, London, 2010


A brilliant amalgam of psychoanalysis, literature, art and couture, The Concise Dictionary of Dress is bestselling author and psychoanalyst Adam Phillips and fashion curator Judith Clark’s inventive recasting of dress in terms of anxiety and desire. The book is structured as a dictionary, but an unusual one: Each entry–for words including “armor,” “brash,” “comfortable,” “conformist,” “diaphanous,” “essential,” “fashionable,” “loose,” “measured,” “plain,” “provocative,” “revealing,” “sharp,” “tight” and so on–is elucidated by a litany of highly unconventional definitions. “Loose,” for example, is defined as “1. Never knowingly over-attached; a disappearing act. 2. A moveable feast; not conforming to contour or arrangement; subject to influence and gravity; seeking direction. 3. Of uncertain boundary.” Phillips’ entries in The Concise Dictionary of Dress are paired with photographs of installations that Clark created among the rolling racks, rambling corridors and high-security vaults of the Victoria & Albert Museum’s vast reserve collections at Blythe House in west London. Cast objects and photographs, tableaux of clothing and accessories and metaphors of repression and ceremony continue the conversation. Phillips said that viewing the works at Blythe House is “like looking up a word in a dictionary and finding a picture instead of more words; it is not clear whether the word and its definition are the caption, or vice versa.”

Artikelnummer: 5090 Categorie:

ISBN: 9781900828352

136 pagina's, Hardcover, Engels