Superheroes: Fashion and Fantasy
Superheroes: Fashion and Fantasy
Superheroes: Fashion and Fantasy

Superheroes: Fashion and Fantasy

Pentagram, New York, New York, 2008

Description

Superheroes: Fashion and Fantasy is the catalogue for the exhibition of the same name presented by the Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The exhibition explored the symbolic and metaphysical associations between fictional comic-book characters and fashion, and featured icons such as Superman, Spider-Man, the Hulk and Wonder Woman alongside the work of fashion designers like Alexander McQueen, John Galliano, Thierry Mugler and Jean Paul Gaultier. The catalogue’s design affirms this alliance through the juxtaposition of fashion imagery, comic-book details, and film and TV stills in a comic-book frame format. Comics pioneered the fragmentation of time and space with multiple-frame compositions, and our design uses this strategy to show multiple perspectives on a single garment. The catalogue also features a pressed tin front and back cover that adds a tactile, three-dimensional element to the design. Of course this also doubles as armor or a chest plate (think Iron Man) and is reminiscent of a superhero lunch box

Juror Notes

The use of materials and ink gives this book so much life. 

Collections: 50 Books/50 Covers of 2008
Discipline: Book design
Format: Book

Credits

Design firm
Pentagram
Art director
Abbott Miller
Designers
John Kudos, Abbott Miller
Jacket designers
John Kudos, Abbott Miller
Picture editor
Andrew Bolton
Authors
Andrew Bolton, Michael Chabon
Editor
Joan Holt
Publisher
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Trim size
8.1 x 10
Pages
160
Typeface
Teuton
Printer
Graphicom
Jacket printer
Graphicom
Papers
Pressed tin (cover); Ikono Gloss, 170 gsm; overall acrylic primer (text and endpapers)
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