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Expedition: Fashion from the Extreme

Patricia Mears

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The first major study to explore the relationship between clothing made for survival in the most inhospitable environments on earth and beyond, and the high fashion it has inspired

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The so-called ‘heroic era’ of polar exploration at the turn of the 20th century, as well as deep sea exploration, the space race and extreme mountain climbing, all in one way or another inspired a dazzling array of fashion designers – Gaultier, Yamamoto, Mizrahi, McQueen and Altuzarra among them. Yet the origins of the parkas, puffer coats and garments made of neoprene and Mylar we see on streets and runways today have rarely been acknowledged.

Expedition explores how garments made for the most inhospitable environments on earth and beyond have inspired more than sixty years of fantastical, otherworldly fashions. Expedition is lavishly illustrated throughout, and features runway shots and high-fashion magazine editorials by Irving Penn, Richard Avedon and others; museum objects from the permanent collections of the Museum at FIT and the American Museum of Natural History; and unpublished photographs of early expeditions in the archives of The Explorers Club in New York.

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'Shows the ingenuity and originality of clothes for extreme weather conditions'

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Book Details

Format: PLC (with jacket)

Size: 28.0 x 23.0 cm

Extent: 208 pp

Publication date: 5 October 2017

ISBN: 9780500519974

Contents List

Introduction by Patricia Mears • 1. The Explorer’s Club: A Brief History by Lacey Flint 2. Dress, Image and Cultural Encounter in the Heroic Age of Polar Exploration by Sarah Pickman • 3. Fashions from the Extreme: The Poles, Highest Peak, and Beyond by Patricia Mears • 4. Fur: The Final Frontier by Jonathan Faires • 5. Looking Back at the Future: Spacesuits and Space Age Fashion by Elizabeth Way • 6. Ocean Exploration: Fashions from the Deep by Ariele Elia

About the Author

Patricia Mears is Deputy Director, Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology.

List of Contributors

Lacey Flint, Sarah Pickman, Jonathan Faires, Ariele Elia, Elizabeth Way