Fashion as Art: Less is More – Minimalism in Fashion by Harriet Walker - Page 2
The first dress shown in Less is More: Minimalism in Fashion is a three-quarter sleeved, dark red mini (from Preen) in a soft fabric, with a hood reminiscent of 1930s styles. Need I add that it is fabulous? It is just a sample of what is to come in the next 190 pages.
Less is More offers a history of fashion, particularly twentieth and twenty-first centuries, and proves that simple does not necessarily mean plain or uninteresting. Just as in any fashion collection, some of the pieces are hideous, others are to-die-for. What most have in common is an absence of flourish and a comfortable look (thank you, Coco Chanel).
Of course, I should be angry with Harriet Walker. Having only fallen in love with dresses three times, I am overwhelmed by her anthology of fashion that no minimalist could resist. Less is More is a magnificent volume, to be enjoyed by everyone interested in fashion, style, and couture.
Bottom Line: Would I buy Less is More: Minimalism in Fashion? Yes, it is like having a scrapbook of the most beautiful designs of the last hundred years, and will be enjoyed frequently. (Publication date: March 22, 2011)