D-Crit Launches New Chapbook “Dress” at the Bumble and Bumble Theater


On Wednesday, November 16, 2011, at the Bumble and Bumble Theater, D-Crit celebrated the launch of Dress, a new chapbook published by the School of Visual Arts MFA in Design Criticism, designed by the Walker Art Center and featuring illustrations by Peter Arkle. Comprising the second installment of D-Crit’s chapbook series, the essays aim to parse the personal props and sartorial signifiers of divas, dictators and designers alike. View photosof the event on our Flickr pool.

Untangling the sartorial signifiers and unique style of public figures from various corners of the pop culture circuit—including Julian Schnabel, Dora the Explorer, Steve Jobs and Muammar al-Gadaffi—Dress assembles eleven essays by writers from the School of Visual Arts’ pioneering Design Criticism MFA program, with illustrations by Peter Arkle. Alan Rapp considers Metallica frontman James Hetfield’s bogus descent from metal maverick to Armani-toting sellout; Stephanie Jönsson judges Pope Benedict XVI’s wardrobe more aesthetic than ascetic; and Angela Riechers recalls the moment when Karl Lagerfeld lost the Fan—and the fat. Whether art directed by stylists or left to their own devices, each subject gives ample evidence that even if clothes don’t make the man, they certainly have an impact on the way we perceive the man.

Comprising the second installment in D-Crit’s chapbook series, Dress includes essays that were generated in Criticism Lab, a course taught by Andrea Codrington Lippke, a writer specializing in visual culture and a regular contributor to The New York Times, among other publications. Lippke edited Dress with D-Crit ’11 graduate Aileen Kwun, a pop culture and design critic who received the Winterhouse Writing Award last fall for her analytical essay on the architectural nature of Lady Gaga’s fashion sensibility. Dress was designed by Walker Design and Matthew Rezac in Minneapolis.

Copies are available for purchase on Lulu.com ($10), or for free download.

Download the Dress press release for details.

At Water’s Edge, the first in the Chapbook series series, gathered essays written in author Akiko Busch’s “Reading Design” class about aspects of the New York waterfront. Find details and a link for free download on the Chapbook page.

Event Information

When: 16 Nov 2011, 6:00 p.m.
Where: Bumble and Bumble Theater, 415 W. 13th Street (between Ninth Avenue and Washington Street)
Price: Free and open to the public

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