Radical Fashion (2001)

By: Claire Wilcox ed., Valerie Steele ed.

First published to accompany a major exhibition at the V&A, this work looks at the three main trends which are currently dominating international fashion: the arrival of the British superstar designers; the European conceptual, minimalist movement; and the highly influential, radically different Japanese designers. The book explores these worlds through the work of a small group of visionary and uncompromising individuals: Alexander McQueen, Hussein Chalayan, Helmut Lang, Martin Margiela, Rei Kawakubo, Yohji Yamamoto, Junya Watanabe, Jean Paul Gaultier, John Galliano, Issey Miyake and Azzedine Alaia. The creative processes of these designers are explored in the book and their most recent work is presented in a series of stunning photographs, accompanied by stimulating commentary from leading fashion and cultural historians. With an innovative design to reflect the contemporary nature of its subject, Radical Fashion should appeal to anyone interested in the style and glamour of today’s fashion scene

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Place London
Publisher V&A Publications
Date 2001
# Of Pages 149
ISBN 978-0-8109-6588-1

About the author

About the author

Claire Wilcox was Senior Curator of Fashion at the V&A since 2004 where she had overall responsibility for collections, programming and research, before taking up a two-year secondment to LCF in 2013. She has curated many exhibitions at the V&A including Radical Fashion (2001), Vivienne Westwood (2004), The Golden Age of Couture: Paris and London 1947-1957 (2007) and From Club to Catwalk: London Fashion in the 1980s (2013). She instigated Fashion in Motion (live catwalk events in the Museum) in 1999.

She has published widely, most recently The V&A Gallery of Fashion, to accompany the refurbishment and redisplay of the Museum’s permanent fashion display for which she was Lead Curator. She was Lead Curator (V&A) for the Europeana Digital Fashion Project (co-funded under the CIP ICT-PSP program and composed of 22 partners from 12 European countries representing leading European institutions and collections in the fashion domain). She is a member of the AHRC Peer Review College and on the Editorial Board of Fashion Theory.

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