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Hedi Slimane: Intermission [Hardcover]

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Pages   208
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.5" Width: 8.75" Height: 12"
Weight:   2.45 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Aug 2, 2002
Publisher   Charta
ISBN  8881583747  
EAN  9788881583744  

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Brad Pitt was married in one of his suits, John Galliano dressed in one of his jackets to receive a prestigious award, Karl Lagerfeld never wears anything else, and women as dashing and fashionable as Madonna, Catherine Deneuve, and Cecilia Dean go drag to wear his designs. Hedi Slimane, the young designer who left Yves Saint Laurent to reinvent Christian Dior's menswear image, embraces "the cosmopolitanism of the old-school couturier" as well as "the conventional trappings of the modern-day berdesigner." He reconfigures classical pieces via subtle tailoring tricks, discreetly adding such dandified details as black leather carnation buttonholes, tiny emerald-cut diamond pins clipped to a pant fly, and clear sequins dispersed in the folds of pleats. He is the leader of an anti-technological, anti-velcro revolution that is striving to take men's fashions forward to the luxurious, armorial, sophisticated standards of time past. As Slimane himself has said, "For me, tradition is now." Intermission was conceived and built by Slimane himself as an artist's book. Published in collaboration with Pitti Immagine.

In less than five years, the 32-year-old with the cadaverous features of a Russian prince, the signature cock's-comb flip of hair and the figure of an asparagus shoot had not only established an achingly cool reputation as the designer of Yves Saint Laurent's menswear line--he had come to be regarded as nothing less than the savior of high fashion for men. --Hamish Bowles, Vogue

Foreword by Francesco Bonami.

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Born in 1968 in Paris to an Italian dressmaker mother and a Tunisian accountant father, Hedi Slimane started making his own clothes at the age of 15, inspired by his mother. After a prestigious preparatory course in literature, followed by classes at the Ecole du Louvre art school, Slimane began his career as an assistant to menswear designer Jose Levy. In 1996, he joined the menswear design team at Yves Saint Laurent; in less than a year he had risen to the position of Artistic Director. With Tom Ford's resurrection of the House of Saint Laurent, he decided his creative freedom was being compromised, and left to take charge of design and image for Christian Dior's men's ready-to-wear and accessories lines.

Hedi Slimane was born in 1958 and died in 1965.

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Not a book on the quotidian.  Jan 8, 2005
This is not to be mistaken for a book on Slimane's collections. It is, rather, a glimpse into what Slimane sees in his own environment. That he can take something as mundane as hotel curtains and Venetian blinds and render them in a seductive and physically palpable manner in a book is a reflection of his talent for design. The glamour of Slimane's collections and his life is captured in the production of the book itself, in the reflective, almost luscious materiality of the mylar pages coupled with the luxurious coloring of the photographs.

It is not for every individual, but perhaps those with the vision to "see."
Avant Garde or Just a Good Way to Blow [money]?  Sep 12, 2002
Alright, so I just bought this book by my all time idol, Hedi Slimane. Granted I didn't know a whole lot about it, but I love the guy, so I drop the [money] amyway. I just keep telling myself, its by Hedi, its going ot be excellent.

Imagine, then, my chagrin when I find that this is a book of curtains. CURTAINS. Not curtains designed by Mr. Slimane mind you, oh no. Curtains from hotel rooms that Hedi presumably stayed in. Curtains. The book is printed on heavy mylar/laminate, reaks of vinyl, and is bisected by slighlty unnerving pictures of the model on the cover, that is, they are the same picture that is featured on the cover, just reflected on each page as if by a fun house mirror.

And of course there are the curtains. Two Hundred and Eight pages of Just Curtains. Er, wait, there was one full page spread of Venetian Blinds, I stand corrected. Every now and then there's just a blank page, sometimes just a completely reflective one. I dunno, if you think its worth it, go a ahead and buy it.

Personal Opinion, this would have been slighlty more entertaining, and a little less pretentiously preposterous if it were called "Through a Whore's Eyes: Curtains from Hotel Rooms Around the World" At least then there's some intrigue implied, and not, "Hedi needed to get rid of a roll of film on the double." or if it should come with a shirt "Hedi Stayed in fancy hotel rooms with an instamatic and all I got was this 70 Dollar Smelly Coffee Table Accoutrement".


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