Taking the glamour and decadence from the runway and tapping into the world of literature, Kim Jones and Nikolai von Bismarck have collaborated for their next creative endeavour. The Fendi Set Book will be the first of its kind, celebrating the one year anniversary of Kim’s debut as Artistic Director of Womenswear and Couture. Marking this, the book will include the documentation of his first womenswear collection and show – Fendi Couture SS21, which was showcased in January last year. In a project which brings his artistic vision full circle, The Fendi Set will forge the lines between fashion and literature — a concept which originally inspired the collection in the first place. Drawing from the tropes of Virginia Woolf’s Orlando, Kim created a clothing line which poised exquisite femininity and masculine androgyny as a matter of choice within womenswear. The gender-blending silhouettes echoed the sentiment of Woolf’s novel, in which the protagonist wakes up to find himself in the body of a woman.
THE FENDI SET BOOK
The publication draws on its literary influences to showcase the Italian luxury fashion house in a new medium.
As a tribute to the twentieth-century writer, who wrote these stories only three years after Fendi was founded, The Fendi Set will include intimate portraits of the shows famous cast, and will feature the thoughts and reflections of Kim Jones himself. Interspersed with breathtaking imagery that took Nikolai almost a year to capture, the book will also encapsulate a Fendi family portrait portal, as well as a shoot with Gwendoline Christie in a scenic Sussex.
Using multiple cameras and techniques that remain native to The Bloomsbury Set’s time period, the finished product catapults its readers into a delicious slice of history. It becomes a physical capsule of the movement which inspired and liberated women both in society and in physical dress.
The publication, with text by Kim Jones, Jerry Stafford and Dr. Mark Hussey, will examine Jones’ relationship with The Bloomsbury Set. Rather fittingly, The Fendi Set will be released via Rizzoli on the 25th of January in honour of Virginia Woolf’s birthday, and will retail at £97.50.
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