Volume 2014, Issue 6

 

Self-publishing,
fashion-style

Folks in the fashion world are readying themselves for one of the craziest months on their calendar—Autumn/Winter 2014 Fashion Week kicks off in New York City February 6. Meanwhile, here at Blurb, we’ve been focusing on all the fashion talent using Blurb to self-publish with some rather fabulous results.

In celebration of all things haute (and in an effort to tease out a style secret or two), we review some of our favorite fashion publications from the Bookstore and speak to a few of these incredibly talented folks about their work.

Axiom - Lucy Stevens Axiom - Book images

1. How did the publication come about?
AXIOM started out as my graduate project for my Bachelor of Design degree in graphic design/creative direction. It encompasses everything I love to do; magazine layout, typography, photography, and fashion styling. It's a place for young creatives to show their work to like-minded people, and have their work seen on a larger scale, in a publication that fits their aesthetic.

2. What have you learned in producing it, and what advice (if any) would you give to others?
I've learned to be patient, not one of my strong suits. Acting as the editor I had to compile content for a 160-page magazine all by myself, not a light task to take on. So I really had to focus on quality over quantity, content-wise. Advice I would give would be stick to your aesthetic. If you love a certain type of design, or photography, or aesthetic, run with it. If you're passionate about it, it will work.

Axiom - Magazine cover image

3. What has the response to AXIOM been like?
The response has been amazing. AXIOM is now stocked in a Sydney boutique, with an online version of the magazine available on the magazine's website, www.axiommag.net I'm currently working on issue 02, taking submissions from young creatives all over the world, and designing magazine spreads like a madwoman, but I wouldn't have it any other way.

 

YVM - Yannick Vardier Monsegur YVM book images

1. What was the reason for this book?
I wanted a book with good quality print that I could use to present my fashion photography work to international clients.

2. What have you learned in producing it, and what advice (if any) would you give to others?
It was easy to make changes to the book, swapping images in and out and changing the look and feel along the way. All of Blurb’s paper options are high quality and good value.

YVM Book Cover

3. Were you happy with the result, and are you planning any new book projects?
Yes I was. Probably, future book projects are dependent on future works projects.

4. What book formats did you choose?
For the client book I chose 30 x 30 cm hardcover to ensure it would travel well and the pictures were of a good size. I also created smaller version (18 x 18 cm) for more general leave-behinds. Both were good quality and a good price.

 

Supplementaire - Ian Cole Supplementaire - Journal images

1. What has been your inspiration for journal?
When I set up Supplementaire back in 2009, I was working mostly as a fashion photographer and I spotted a huge gap in the market for a publication that bridged art with fashion. I was fortunate enough to have a strong internet following already and had gotten to know many different types of photographers and artists through my work. I guess the inspiration came from the desire to collaborate with those artists and share their amazing work with people who are interested in the arts as well as fashion. There was a voice that wanted to be heard.

2. What have you learned in producing it, and what advice (if any) would you give to others?
I learned not to be overambitious too quickly. Start slowly and let your publication evolve in a timely manner. I think quality control is VERY important with a keen eye for detail. If you’re unsure about something, follow your gut instinct. If you believe in what you’re doing and it makes you feel good to work on the project, then you’re on the right track. Getting praise from your peers and artists you admire is a bonus—if you’re given advice from somebody who knows the business, then listen!

Supplementaire - Journal Cover

3. What has the response to the journal been like?
It’s been huge, we are about to launch the fourth-year anniversary issue and to this day we still get people writing in every single week wanting to collaborate. The success of Supplementaire has also led on to me setting up several other titles in both fashion and the arts, allowing me to work with more great people who share a common vision.

 

Fashions Fade quote - Yves Saint-Laurent

 

 

 

Fashion creatives are using Blurb to self-publish everything from brand books and look books to graduate projects and online magazines. The Blurb Bookstore is brimming with fashionable, inspiring work. Here are a few of our recent favorites.

 

LOVE IS LIKE A DREAMLAND - MISS UNKON

LOVE IS LIKE A DREAMLAND
Miss Unkon

Highly creative in concept and content, LOVE IS LIKE A DREAMLAND is a book inspired by the fashion brand Miss Unkon. It’s a visual story of a girl taking a journey through her own dreamland and life of young love. The book features not only the people behind Miss Unkon, but also a wide range of people who have inspired the brand, such as bloggers, photographers, and artists. All profits from the book go to the Amira Project—an organization which helps build the self esteem of young women.

LOOK BOOK - Melinda Danko and Diana Bejarano

LOOK BOOK
Melinda Danko | Diana Bejarano

Beautifully shot, this look book features the stunning designs of New-York-based WholeGarment Design Consultant and Designer Melinda Danko.

 

Wasabi Fashion Kult - Pamela Wasabi

Wasabi Fashion Kult
Pamela Wasabi

This print issue of the online magazine Wasabi Fashion Kult, “Girl Talk” highlights young and independent women who have a strong influence on Miami’s underground culture.

new work - Per Zennstrom

new work
Per Zennstrom

new work is a record of exploratory photography by fashion photographer and filmmaker Per ZennStrom. ZennStrom is interested in “…the possibilities that new technology, new media and the new networks give us to tell our story.”

 

Portfolio - Ingrid Bockting

Portfolio
Ingrid Bockting

Portfolio showcases the work of multi-talented Dutch illustrator Ingrid Bockting. Her work spans fashion publications, book cover design, corporate identity, and, most recently, a personal project entitled “We Made Shawls” where her ‘large blooming’ illustrations were applied to silk shawls.

Diafano - Khin Khinkos

Diafano
Khin Khinkos

The final project from emerging talent Khin Khinkos, a fashion major at Centro de Diseño, Cine y Televisión Mexico City. Beautiful design and fabulous photographs.

 

Perfidia - Fernanda Cuamatiz

Perfidia
Fernanda Cuamatiz

Further proof that Centro de Diseño, Cine y Televisión in Mexico City is producing some incredibly talented graduates, this is another impressive final design project⎯this time from Fernanda Cuamatiz.

The First Five: 2008 - Erikson Nygaard

The First Five: 2008
Erikson Nygaard

Photographer Erikson Nygaard’s book is a creative journey as much as it is a portfolio. This collection takes us through his first five years of fashion and promo photography in Perth, Western Australia.

 

 

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