This is the first in a series of books by author James McPherson that will look at how ‘fashion icons’ were influenced by ‘travelling’ magazines, including one called Fashionista.
McPhersons book will examine how men’s fashion magazines were created in the 19th century and the influence they had on the fashion landscape of the 1960s and 70s.
The author says the magazines were influential in the ‘touring’ era, where men travelled from city to city, travelling to fashion shows and, as he puts it, ‘the big catwalks’.
He said: ‘These were the men who wore the clothes and the magazines that men went out and spent their money on.’
In the 1950s, fashion magazine fashion and men’s lifestyle magazines were both being created by magazines, he said.
McPherson said he was inspired to write the book after he came across a copy of a copy in the archives of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
He had read a book called Fashionistas that was written by the author of Fashionista, a book that explored the influences of fashion magazines on fashion.
‘It is a collection of a number of magazines that have been around for quite some time,’ he said, referring to the period between 1940 and 1960.
I was interested in the magazines and the fashion that they were writing about and the way that they would cover these subjects, he explained.
For example, one of the fashion magazines, the New Yorker, was published in the 1940s.
A look at the New York Herald Tribune in the 1960 ‘tourist’ period, McPheys book, which has been published for free online, reveals a number other examples of the magazines’ influence.
It features an article by Charles M. Pierce titled ‘The Fashionistas of the Time’, which is about a man named Jack (Jackie) Miller who travelled the world and became an icon of the American fashion world.
In a statement, the Metropolitan museum said the piece was ‘the first in an ongoing series of exhibitions exploring the influence of fashion and fashion-related topics on men’s lives in the mid-19th and early-20th centuries’.
In his book, McPs book, he also mentions that the New Yorkers magazine, New York Magazine, was founded by a woman, Mary (Pierce) Stotler, and it featured a woman on its cover.
As well as the magazine, the book also contains photographs and drawings of fashion icons including Ralph Lauren, Levi Strauss, Gertrude Stein and Frank Sinatra.
The author of the book said that he had also been fascinated by the work of fashion historian and designer Harry Houdini, who has described the fashion icon as the ‘world’s greatest modern painter’.
McPs book also includes an essay by writer and fashion historian, Kate Kuehnberg, who said that fashion icons were ‘the embodiment of the power of the consumer’.
Kuehnheim said: ‘They are the embodiment of their times, of their style, their culture, their history.
They are their symbol of fashion.
‘Their iconography is the power that we use to make ourselves feel powerful, to have our lives taken care of.’
The book will be published in August.