BOOK CORNER #14: ANTONIO

"Antonio" is a book that takes you on a journey through fashion in the sixties, seventies and eighties. Those three decades have such a distinct identity, that, in a creative sense, it is difficult to imagine that they followed each other. 

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Anyway, who is Antonio? Actually, there are two of them: Antonio Lopez, a Puerto Rican and New Yorker by adoption, and Juan Ramos, but Antonio was the signature on these image makers: illustrations or photographs for major magazines. If the sixties were elegant and graphical, the decades that followed were more tumultuous. The book offers a portrait of a rather friendly bunch, Jerry Hall, Karl Lagerfeld, Grace Jones, etc. who sought to capture the spirit of the eighties, the energy of the body, when disco was everywhere. 

Patterns, colors, mixes… this era changed the way things were done, the move from the photo-machine to the Polaroid, and Antonio captured the mood of the day on paper or on film. With a preface by André Leon Talley and enhanced by an epilogue from Anna Sui, this journey is also a record of those times.

 

"Antonio", by Roger and Mauricio Padilha, edited by Rizzoli, 2012, 300 pg.
Kenzo, 49, avenue George V, Paris.