The Concise Dictionary of Dress

Judith Clark, Adam Phillips

Photography by Norbert Schoerner

Violette Editions in association with Artangel and the Victoria & Albert Museum (2010)

Designed by Studio Frith
Hardback, 136 pages
79 colour and b/w illustrations
24.5 x 18.5 cm (h x w)
ISBN 978-1-900828-35-2

This book examines the nature of dictionaries, archives and dress curation, and adds a stunning visual essay recording two overnight tours through an Artangel-commissioned exhibition at Blythe House.

The game is this: Phillips provides definitions of a series of fashion terms while Clark creates installations that do the same (represented in the book by Norbert Schoerner’s photographic record). Naturally it’s a stunningly elegant production‘ – Mark Rappolt, Art Review

The visual element is only half the experience. The other half exists in the form of a book, published by Violette Editions: a handsome artefact in its own right‘ – Jane Shillling, The Daily Telegraph