Super Heroes. Fashion and Fantasy by Andrew Bolton. Essay by Michael Chabon



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Published by The Metropolitan Museum of Art / Yale University Press, 2008. First edition. Hardcover, cloth with aluminum boards laid on. 160pp. well illustrated in color. Fine, slightest separation of aluminum from top corner of front board.

“From Wonder Woman’s satin stars and golden bracelets to Batman’s brooding cape and mask, the style of superheroes’ dress has influenced both street wear and high fashion. This richly illustrated book explores how radical couture, avant-garde sportswear, and state-of-the-art military garments–as seen through the lens of the superhero–can be metaphors for sex, power, and politics. Beginning with the origins of the superhero costume, this volume looks at how designers have been influenced by iconographic components such as the cape, mask, boots, and unitard.”

Designers include Pierre Cardin, John Galliano, Giorgio Armani, and Alexander McQueen among others.