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R.L. Wilson - Colt Artabras
Książki / Literatura obcojęzyczna
No inventor in the history of American industry has captured the imagination the way Samuel Colt did. His revolving pistol became synonymous with American genius and invention, gave birth to a great manufacturing empire, and was legendary in the history of the Civil War, in the taming of the West, and in campaigns and adventures all over the world--wherever Colonel Colt's invention "made men equal." With more than 3300 color photographs and 115 in black-and-white (all taken especially for this book), Colt: An American Legend illustrates and describes every model Colt produced between 1836 and 1986. There has never been a bigger, more beautiful, or more extraordinary book in the firearms field. The large format of the book allows many of the firearms to be shown full size, and the history, development, and importance of each model and variation are presented and described in authoritative detail. A unique appendix traces the complete serial numbers and year of manufacture of every Colt model - making this book a remarkable and invaluable guide for every serious collector and dealer.
Shaping the Body YALE UNIVERSITY PRESS
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This unique, erudite and entertaining book offers fascinating insights into the tortuous transformations employed by both men and women to sculpt their figures and accommodate the ever-shifting dictates of fashion. With high design, wit and style, Shaping the Body tracks the evolution of these sartorial devices - from panniers, crinolines, stomachers, bustles, body shapers, and push-up bras to whalebone, hoopskirts, lacing, chains, zippers, clasps and elasticized fabrics - concealed beneath outer layers in order to achieve the most coveted shapes of the day. Women's corsets have, at various times, constricted waists; exaggerated buttocks and hips to counterbalance jutting bust lines; or compressed breasts and flattened bellies into an aerodynamic silhouette. Yet men's fashion is no stranger to these practices. Men flaunted their virility by artificially broadening their shoulders, applying padding to their chests and calves, and slipping codpieces over their groins. With more than 200 beautiful illustrations - ranging from historic advertisements to superb new photography - the contributors reveal the industry and art of these contrivances intended to entice and beguile, as well as assert status and power, through deceptive invention. Contemporary designers including Thierry Mugler, Jean Paul Gaultier, Rei Kawakubo, Christian Lacroix, and Vivienne Westwood are featured in this indiscreet tour behind the seams of fashion history.
Drawings and Ephemera Damiani
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This books is drawn from a large archive of design work (comprised of 1500 individual items that include some 600 drawings, color Xeroxes, swatch references and inspirational material) by Stephen Sprouse that spans the years of 1974 to the late 1980?s. Sprouse?s meteoric rise to become America?s daring darling of the Fashion World is a story still being processed. The works in the book focus on a period reflective of Sprouse?s participation with and connection to the glamourous, high profile Uptown studios of Bill Blass and Halston and his profound embrace of the Downtown vibe of the East Village and the Bowery. It is here where he would ultimately create his most iconic design work surrounded by a hotbed of furious creativity, where art/fashion/music thrived as interdisciplinary talents. Stephen Sprouse would embody this revolutionary fusion like no other.The works on paper include sketches and designs executed with Sprouse?s facile and powerful use of ink markers. With this medium Sprouse?s line conjures the delicate and fluid to the dense and bold with the urgency of an explanation point! Several of the works represent Sprouse?s use of the Xerox machine which allowed him quick design options including application of vivid gouache color. Paper is only varied by the sketchbook or notepad in use or, as in some of the earliest works, lined paper from classic hole punched or spiral bound notebooks are employed. Rock and punk music were a constant theme for Sprouse engaging his aesthetic sensibilities. An early ink drawing from the mid 70s depicts a raven-haired model wearing a dress that features a long skirt with a slit beside which Sprouse hand writes the words in large caps ?GO JACKIE GO-GO-GO? ? invoking the former First Lady to dance with abandon! There are several nods to Jackie Onassis in Sprouse's drawings. Another drawing shows a coiffed, chic, brunette in a bright, hand-colored red jacket and skirt ensemble. An observance from another Halston assistant of the day stated that Stephen really saw ?the edge? in Jackie and added she would come to the Atelier and Stephen would hem her pants. The image of the two together in this gesture brings to mind compositions of reverence not dissimilar to religious or royal court paintings of the Renaissance - such was the devotion to his muse. In the late 70?s, his most important muse was Debbie Harry of the group Blondie. For Debbie, his close friend and roommate as well, he created perhaps his most iconic designs. His true debut to the public at large commenced the minute Debbie stepped onto the stage to sing ?Heart of Glass? in a 1978 televised/video appearance where she wore an off the shoulder short dress. Debbie?s Sprouse original was designed with a fabric Stephen created from tv and video scanlines that he photographed, Xeroxed and silkscreened. Life imitating art. The birth of Punk, an arguably American invention, headquartered itself in the East Village and Bowery streets and Sprouse was in his element here. Certainly, the title and lyrics of a classic New York Dolls song inspired the subtitle of this exhibit. One drawing on view depicts a female model in rock stance whipping a microphone in hand and bears Sprouse?s handwritten reference to a Patti Smith lyric ?Starts Pumpinnn? ?? My Heart (Pumpin)? - from her 1976 Radio Ethiopia album. From these influential dynamics, Sprouse would launch collections coveted by women and men and celebrated as much Uptown as Downtown for their brilliant attitude. We see the trajectory of the designer?s career as it developed in these works displayed. At its height, Stephen?s work would jump off the pages of every conceivable Fashion magazine. His designs would embed themselves into the creative banks of the Fashion Industry and continue to influence that community to this day.Recognized at age 14 as a ?boy genius? in an article by Eugenia Sheppard written in 1966 for The International Herald Tribune, the notoriously shy talent found himself placed in the constellations of fame and notoriety. This book is a look at that engine of geniusness. It was observed by peers and friends that music blasted from Sprouse?s studio while he worked at the speed of light ? breaking a sound barrier of sorts ? but on paper. Sprouse?s line is pure energy. The black marker is his fuel. Such assuredness of vision is discovered in the wake of his extraordinary journey. It was said that when Warhol was laid to rest, he was buried in a suit by Stephen Sprouse. It was also reported that in Sprouse?s too early passing, that one of his ?beloved? markers was placed in his hand. One could imagine the heavenly collaborations between the two superstars. In any case, Sprouse?s life and his contributions are beyond legend.
Electric Vehicle JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY PRESS
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Recent attention to hybrid cars that run on both gasoline and electric batteries has made the electric car an apparent alternative to the internal combustion engine and its attendant environmental costs and geopolitical implications. Few people realize that the electric car - neither a recent invention nor a historical curiosity - has a story as old as that of the gasoline-powered automobile, and that at one time many in the nascent automobile industry believed battery-powered engines would become the dominant technology. In both Europe and America, electric cars and trucks succeeded in meeting the needs of a wide range of consumers. Before World War II, as many as 30,000 electric cars and more than 10,000 electric trucks plied American roads; European cities were busy with, electrically propelled fire engines, taxis, delivery vans, buses, heavy trucks and private cars. Even so, throughout the century-long history of electric propulsion, the widespread conviction it was an inferior technology remained stubbornly in place, an assumption mirrored in popular and scholarly memory. In "The Electric Vehicle", Gijs Mom challenges this view, arguing that at the beginning of the automobile age neither the internal combustion engine nor the battery-powered vehicle enjoyed a clear advantage. He explores the technology and marketing/consumer-ratio faction relationship over four "generations" of electric-vehicle design, with separate chapters on privately owned passenger cars and commercial vehicles. Mom makes comparisons among European countries and between Europe and America. He finds that the electric vehicle offered many advantages, among them greater reliability and control, less noise and pollution. He also argues that a nexus of factors-cultural (underpowered and less rugged, electric cars seemed "feminine" at a time when most car buyers were men), structural (the shortcomings of battery technology at the time), and systemic (the infrastructural problems of changing large numbers of batteries) - ultimately gave an edge to the internal combustion engine. One hopes, as a new generation of electric vehicles becomes a reality, "The Electric Vehicle" offers a long-overdue reassessment of the place of this technology in the history of street transportation.
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