Books...love them! Bless my two daughters because they know that books are high on my wish list whenever gifts are called for. This year I received several wonderful books - a large tome on contemporary fashion/designers; a beautiful coffee table book on historical gowns - all made of paper; and...
... my favorite, hands down is Savage Beauty, which was published by the MET in conjunction with their Alexander McQueen exhibit.
The book grabs you from the cover, which is a holographic image of a skull, which morphs into McQueen's face. In light of his tragic passing last year, I find this cover poignant, and just a touch creepy.
above image courtesy of Amazon.ca (I could NOT capture this with my camera last night)
Tilt the book slightly and Alexander's face appears
I find this image haunting, perhaps because of his death by suicide, but the pain and conflict he must have been going through seems so apparent.
The body of this large (240 pages) book is packed with stunning images of his genius in design. There is also text, however I confess that I have not read any of it yet. Here is just a tiny sampling:
The second book that I wanted to mention was given to me this weekend by my daughter Keara. She and her bf just returned from a week in Vegas where they took in a Cirque du Soleil show. If you have never seen one of C du S's shows, do yourself a favour and go! And, if you do go to one, pick up this book as it is packed full of inspiration for figures and costumes...
25 Years of Costumes ...152 pages profiling the extravagant costuming in their various shows over the past 25 years. Eye candy!
My passion for books like this is two fold. They feed my love of fashion (particularly vintage which influences so much of contemporary fashion) and they also provide so much inspiration for my dolls.
As to the "Pins" part of my blog title. Yesterday I joined Pinterest. Amazing, amazing site! There is so much to see and be warned that time will quickly slip away from you. It is addicting. The great thing is that if you see an image or idea on the internet, you can 'pin' it to your own personal virtual bulletin board(s) so that you have instant access to it. I often see things that I bookmark, and then have trouble finding since my list is so long (and NOT very organized). You can also view 1,000's of other members Pins from everything from food to art to decorating to crafts, and repin to your own board if you wish. Very, very cool! Check it out. :)