Like anyone who lived through the ’80s, I often wish my fashion crimes of yesteryear had been left unrecorded, or captured on some now-obsolete microfilm technology – just when I think all evidence has been destroyed, my sister dredges up another photograph of me in proto-punk spiderweb facepaint.
So for boldly daring to face the fashion test of time, I’m duly impressed by the Digital Storytelling class at Warren Wilson College. They created Warren Wilson Style 2007 as a fashion time capsule with their teacher Bill Mosher, whose wry expression on the second page of the Book Preview suggests that perhaps he too remembers mesh fingerless gloves from the ’80s, and doesn’t know quite what to make of their comeback. (Or maybe I’m just projecting here.)
Unlike oh-so-serious fashion mags, everyone in our Book of the Week seems to be having a blast … Bill, where were you when I was getting assigned college homework? His students are camping it up for the cameras with an undisguised glee I haven’t seen in print since Japan’s fabulous Fruits, the Phaidon book that famously put Tokyo’s Harajuku district on the world map of fashion. Perhaps this Blurb book will do the same for Asheville, North Carolina? Only time will tell … but meanwhile, I’m feeling inspired to dig out my Siouxie T-shirt and get my hands on a red fedora. You’ve been warned.
Thanks to the students of Warren Wilson for reminding readers that it’s never too soon or too late to turn fashion into a good time had by all. Congratulations on a truly fabulous Book of the Week … and hey, can I borrow those gloves sometime?