We’re now at day seven without television or internet services (that’s V-I-R-G-I-N-SPACE-M-E-D-I-A, OK?), but instead of complaining (well, one phone call per day), I’m getting on with LIFE. Life being, endless Jeeves and Wooster boxset viewings, Mad Men, and BOOKS.
While researching one particular book for work, I discovered a publishing company I hadn’t come across before. Fiell Publishing was set up by Charlotte and Peter Fiell in April of this year. With 20 years at Taschen behind them, it’s not such a surprise that Fiell focusses on beautiful, design-led books, with a particular specialism in the arts.
As I browsed the site, I came across one book in particular that set my heart racing, to the point that I actually had minor palpitations. Guess what? It’s about the 20s.
Fashion Sourcebook: 1920s is edited by Charlotte Fiell and Emmanuelle Dirix, and comprehensively documents the fashion of the era in 600 awe-inspiring illustrations and photographs. “A cornucopia of beautiful clothes,” as they put it. Swoonsome.
Alas, it’s not out until May next year, but I guess that just means someone can buy me it for my birthday.
One other book Fiell are publishing is Ugly: The Aesthetics of Everything by Stephen Bayley. It looks like another classic – discussing what ugly means, whether beauty could exist without ugliness, and more importantly, who decides what ugly is? Not sure when that one is out, but I will be keeping my eyes well and truly peeled.
PS While I’m talking 20s (when aren’t I?), I want to express my dismay at the casting of Carey Mulligan as Daisy Buchanan in the upcoming Baz Luhrmann Gatsby remake. I’m with Time (click the link) on this one.
PPS If Virgin Media don’t sort my TV out by Sunday, I will raise MERRY HELL. Lest we forget, Sunday is the day Any Human Heart airs.