Oct 12, 2009 9:45 AM
Maria Luisa Frisa, Mario Lupano and Stefano Tonchi edited a compilation of studies on the converging spheres of art and culture in Total Living: Art, Fashion, Design, Architecture, Communication (from $12 new). As designers mold taste based on their point of view, brands are becoming synonymous with the lifestyle they promote. We're ruled by the overwhelming power of consumerism, and this collection of intelligent essays attempts to make sense of it all. Albeit complex, arguments explore 20th century fashion culture themes, so we can better see how our personal style takes shape and continue to actively hone it. This book "shows life for the show that it is--or has become." Btw... it's published in collaboration with international fashion organizer, Pitti Immagine, so it's the good kind of crazy.