Thames & Hudson to publish EAST END FASHIONISTAS: A photographic celebration of street style in London’s most creative and inspiring quarter.
Multicultural, adjacent to London’s wealthy financial district, home to artists and designers of all stripes, funky boutiques and a vibrant night-life, the East End is alive with creative possibility. Now photographer Anthony Webb – who travelled the world to photograph the most interesting destinations in Thames & Hudson’s StyleCity series – has trawled the streets of East London, photographing its most colourful characters and inspirational personalities, all stylishly individual and self-fashioned to the extreme.
An inspiring style resource from a fresh new voice, all the images in East End Fashionista were taken exclusively for this book and have not been seen before. In a heady mix of fashionable portraits animated by aphorisms culled from the graffiti that adorns the streets of East London, Webb captures the true spirit of one of the most creative places on earth, the jump off point for many of the world’s leading fashion designers and a continually evolving place of inspiration for the style-obsessed and culturally curious.
East End Fashionistas
Publication date: 14 September 2015
Anthony Webb is a London-based photographer. He was one of the principal photographers for Thames & Hudson’s StyleCity series.
23.0 x 17.7cm
c. 600 illustrations
ISBN 978 0 500 518137
We are huge fans of batik fabric, in particular Adire which is the type of tie dye fabric popular among the Yoruba people of Southern Nigeria. If you have a look at our products made with Adire, you get a sense of various patterns that are repeated across the fabric. Each of these patterns have very specific meanings.
Although I knew what some of these symbols represented, I have always wanted a catalogue of sorts, where they were all explained. I was extremely excited to learn of the new book Storytelling Through Adire: An Introduction to Adire Making and Pattern Meanings by Allyson Aina Davies which I purchased immediately.
The book details very beautifully with illustrations what each of these patterns and symbols mean, each with a name and story. The stories are often words of advice from the elders, or a means of documenting social, economic and environmental conditions. With symbols such as Adé- Crown, Eegun-eja- fish bone, Ewé ẹ̀gẹ́- Cassava leaf and many more.
Alángbá Bẹ̀rẹ̀kẹ̀tẹ̀ (Fat Lizard) “The big stomach is a symbol of wealth. It is important to feed your family to be big and healthy like the fat lizard” #Proverb – All Lizards lie on their bellies but nobody knows which of them suffers from stomach ache. (#Abeokuta style of Alangba Berekete) #Adire #Batik #Textile #Fashion #AfricanTextile #AfricanFabric #IndigoDye #Yoruba #Lagos #Nigeria #Africa #AfricanProverb #Patterns #Lizard #Indigo #StorytellingThroughAdire #Blue #Art #AfricanArt #AdireEleko #NigerianArt
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With the collection of symbols on each piece of cloth, we start to see a story unfolding in this unique cross between art and functionality. If you are interested in African fabric design and in particular Adire patterns, I would definitely recommend this book. It is a great resource. I love the fact that each piece we make out of Adire gives you a small piece of a much larger story. A little portion of Yoruba history and wisdom!
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Please check out Adire Patterns website for more information: www.adirepatterns.com
Adire Patterns Twitter handle: @AdirePatterns
WHERE TO BUY THE BOOK:
The book is available in the following places.
- ONLINE on Amazon
- STRANGER: 3 Hakeem Dickson, Lekki Phase One, Lagos, Nigeria
- QUINTESSENCE: Park View Estate Entrance, Off Gerrard Road, Ikoyi, Lagos, Nigeria
Set in Chicago, Alien #2102 is a collection of short intertwined stories chronicling the lives of six immigrants as they journey to become American citizens. At points humorous and at other points sad, the book shares the experiences and humanity of people from other parts of the world as they seek their share of the pot of gold in the ‘land of opportunity’.
File Size: 189 KB
Print Length: 30 pages
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
Witty and humorous. I like the feeling that you are getting to know the personalities of the characters even in such a short read. Some I start to identify with having lived a substantial number of years in a big city away from ‘home’. Great read, Get it on Amazon!