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Art/Fashion in the 21st Century

Mitchell Oakley Smith, Alison Kubler


Looks at the brilliantly creative collisions between the worlds of fashion and art


The encounter between art and fashion has been a rapidly growing phenomenon over the last decade, with major international artists working with top fashion houses to produce contemporary masterpieces that challenge the traditional boundary between these two dynamic cultures.

Art/Fashion in the 21st Century features a foreword by Daphne Guinness and concise essays with profiles of the key designers, break-out stories about the most avant-garde projects and interviews with the leading lights of the art-fashion crossover phenomenon.

Around 250 colour illustrations reveal the fruits of collaborative efforts by, among others:


Alexander McQueen

Azzedine Alaïa


Walter Van Beirendonck

Hussein Chalayan

Chanel / Cindy Sherman

Christian Dior / Anselm Reyle

Longchamp / Tracey Emin

Jean Paul Gaultier

Zaha Hadid

Hermès / Erwin Wurm

Marc Jacobs / Juergen Teller

Calvin Klein

Jeff Koons


Maison Martin Margiela


Stella McCartney / Jeff Koons

Issey Miyake

Prada / James Jean

Versace / Tim Roeloffs

Henrik Vibskov

Viktor & Rolf

Louis Vuitton / Takashi Murakami

Walter Van Beirendonck

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'A fascinating look at the relationship between interlocking worlds'
Harper’s Bazaar

'Handsomely illustrated … with provocative, beautiful and occasionally preposterous images by the likes of Cindy Sherman and Juergen Teller'
Daily Telegraph

'Stuffed with photography showcasing the most impressive art and fashion collaborations from the last decade'
Vanity Fair

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Product Information

Book Details

Format: PLC (no jacket)

Size: 28.0 x 21.5 cm

Extent: 320 pp

Illustrations: 238

Publication date: 11 November 2013

ISBN: 9780500239094

Contents List

Foreword (Daphne Guinness) • 1. Fashion as Art • 2. Collaboration • 3. Fashion as Exhibition • 4. New Fashion Media • 5. Fashion, Art and Architecture

About the Author

Mitchell Oakley Smith is a journalist, editor, curator and author. He co-curated the events programme for ‘Fashion Icons: Masterpieces from the Musée des Arts Decoratifs, Paris’ at the Art Gallery of South Australia. He is the author of Art/Fashion in the 21st Century and Maticevski, both published by Thames & Hudson.

Alison Kubler is Associate Curator at the University of Queensland Art Museum, Australia, and co-director of mc/k art consulting.

List of Contributors

Daphne Guinness