Wednesday, November 18, 2015

A Fashionista's Reading List: Fall 2015

So I will admit that this is coming a little late in the season, but I don't want to let a time go by where one of my favorite series is ignored or skipped because I got "too busy." I love A Fashionista's Reading list even if the selection of books/reading material each time seems a bit all over the place. I originally created this series based on the things I wanted to read as a self proclaimed fashionista; fashion and style based books that fashion-y girls would spend their weekends engrossed in. But that's not what it has become. Like, at all. There are definitely fashion industry books that show up on every list (including this one), but that isn't entirely intentional. I simply choose the books I want to read, regardless of their subject matter, within the next few months and present them to you all here on A Glamorous Revelation.

This time around the theme is more along the lines of art: artistic freedom and influence. Tavi Gevinson has made a name for herself in both of those aspects, Riot Grrrl is undeniably a marker of feminine history (artistically and otherwise), and poetry is one of the oldest art forms. Together they compile Fall reading list for anyone looking to be moved by a literary or visual artistry.

Babe x Petra Collins and Tavi Gevinson (Amazon)
Curated by one of today's most sought-after photographers, this collection of work by young female artists captures the voices and visions that are shaping a generation of women. 21-year-old Canadian photographer Petra Collins is leading the way in a contemporary girl power revolution that proves feminism and sexuality aren't mutually exclusive. Babe includes work by Collins as well as over 30 artists who have been part of her online collective The Ardorous. Though their work is aesthetically varied, it all represents a current zeitgeist characterized by explorations of female identity, scrutinization of the role of the Internet and social media, and a penchant for pastel colors

Riot Grrrl x [An Entire Generation] (Amazon)
Against the backdrop of the culture wars and before the rise of the Internet or desktop publishing, the zine and music culture of the Riot Grrrl movement empowered young women across the country to speak out against sexism and oppression, creating a powerful new force of liberation and unity within and outside of the women's movement. While feminist bands like Bikini Kill and Bratmobile fought for their place in a male-dominated punk scene, their members and fans developed an extensive DIY network of activism and support.The Riot Grrrl Collection reproduces a sampling of the original zines, posters, and printed matter for the first time since their initial distribution in the 1980s and '90s, and includes an original essay by Johanna Fateman and an introduction by Lisa Darms.

My Apologies Accepted x Bunny Rogers (Amazon)
A simply wonderful book of poetry with beautiful illustrations! Bunny's poems are young, fresh, contemporary, brings poetry to a new place. A human place where everyone can meet. The writing style and its short poems, reminds me of the Modernism age poems in Portugal, very influenced by the Modernism in Russia. It's got rhythm, sometimes will make you float, others will make you run, or even fly. Some of the poems are truly brilliant and so clever expressed. Because it's so personal, you cannot deconstruct it and try to fit it into neat intellectual shelves with proper names, don't do it... you will break the magic of it. It's a book to read, meditate and enjoy, over and over again. It's a whiff of fresh air into contemporary poetry [from Amazon customer reviews]
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