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Not a Toy

Atopos CVC, Vassilis Zidianakis (Ed)
Fashioning radical Characters
Pictoplasma presents Not A Toy – the first book on the growing influence of Character design in fashion and art.
Over the last decade, they have playfully sampled and remixed their way through visual codes and media, confronting the viewer head-on, regardless of cultural background. Now, this aesthetic strategy has a strong influence on contemporary fashion design.

International artists create playful dresses, avant-garde costumes and hairstyles, re inventing the human body and sending their radical, new Characters onto the catwalk and beyond.

The vast, colourful compilation, edited by Greek cultural organisation for fashion research ATOPOS cvc contemporary visual culture, highlights an international scene of established designers, such as Issey Miyake, Walter Van Beirendonck, Maison Martin Margiela, Comme des Garçons, Hussein Chalayan or Bernhard Willhelm, features the work of contemporary artists such as Nick Cave, Olaf Breuning, Boris Hoppek, the Yes Men, Lucy & Bart, and introduces surprising, upcoming talents – Gareth Pugh, Christophe Coppens, Cassette Playa, Charlie Le Mindu, Shin Murayama and many others.