May 26, 2017 | By Samuel Trotman
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When it comes to men’s fashion, the male fashion enthusiast relishes classics rather than the fleeting fashions of the womenswear. Much of our infatuation and education comes from popular culture, think James Dean in Levi’s 501, Marlon Brando’s iconic biker jacket or Steve McQueen in a cut-off sweat. Behind nearly every item in the male wardrobe is a ‘first of its kind’ – the definitive item.
Josh Sims’ Icons of Men’s Style takes a look at the most important and famous pieces that have withstood the times and shaped the way men dress today. Spread across 200 pages, the mini edition of the title examines, garment by garment, 52 timeless, universally recognised items, highlighting their provenance and history, the story of their design and who cemented its iconic status.
Categorised into 7 clothing and accessory chapters Sim’s covers everything from blousons, bikers and bombers through to cargo pants, decks shoes, and aviators. And of course denim makes an appearance with a couple of spreads on the trucker jacket and jean with accompanying shots of denim legends like Bing Crosby and Paul Newman. While Sim’s tends to stick with what we’ve seen on the bodies and in the hands of American culture (particularly midcentury Americana) there is a well rounded international style throughout the book.
Any men’s vintage enthusiasts should also check out The Vintage Showroom’s latest release Archive of Menswear, also by Laurence King.
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