Friday, September 25, 2009

Start From The Very Beginning

Inspired by Kawadjan and his friend Heide's blog posts about books and their corresponding first lines, here and here, respectively, I now share with you my own list of fave books:

1. In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.

- Holy Bible

2. The past is an endless source of compelling ideas and creativity.

- Cream x Maison Martin Margiela

3. Louis Vuitton was born in 1821 in Anchay, a hamlet in Jura, a region of mountains and forests.

- Louis Vuitton: The Birth of Modern Luxury by Paul - Gerard Pasols

4. Muji was born in Japan.

- Brands A to Z by Muji

5. Modern menswear is primarily concerned with communicating individuality.

- Modern Menswear by Hywel Davies

6. Spring Collection.

- Fashion by Karen Salmansohn

7. 'People wear my clothes to make a statement', explained Yohji Yamamoto, summing up, in the laconic style we have become familiar with over the last twenty or more years - a contribution to fashion that constitutes an exploration of fashion itself.

- Yohji Yamamoto by Francois Baudot

8. Although I was for years a fashion sittings editor, I was never particularly good at it.

- Stylist: Interpreters of Fashion by Sarah Mower

9. May in Ayemenem is a hot, brooding month.

- God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy

10. Cristobal Balenciaga was always destined to be exceptional.

- Balenciaga Paris by Pamela Golbin

Although, most of my choices are fashion related books I am very particular in acquiring it. I often don't like encyclopedic tomes that generally lump several designers into a specific category like years, style or silly concepts. I much prefer the ones that trace the development of one particular designer or brand. I love when it discusses the processes and development involved in making the clothes. I want to see the obsessiveness of the author in detailing all aspects involving the subject matter. Like the Balenciaga one, it even includes picture of receipts. Or the Muji one complete with campaign explanations, detailed product lists by year, etc. I view a book as some magical instrument to help me understand a world that's so different than mine. What's your fave books?


Lyka Bergen said...

A very good place to start!

kawadjan said...

Talagang obvious ang niche mo, well except the Bible of course. Win.