When Saberi approached me to write an essay for his monograph last year, I felt not only honored but also enthusiastic.
There is nothing like writing that gives me an opportunity to systematize and define what I think about someone’s work. This is no mean task since often what we like about creative work is ineffable.
The book is now out on the roster of the Italian publisher Atlante and is edited by Fabriano Fabbri, professor of art history at University of Bologna who has lately been delving into fashion design.
The two hundred-page volume starts out with several essays discussing Saberi’s work from different points of view (my essay was mostly about the aesthetics of protest in Saberi’s designs).
The rest of the monograph documents all of Saberi’s collections up to S/S 2013. These include photos of themes that inspired the collections, such as the work of Joseph Beuys or the dance of the swirling dervishes.
At the end of the book there are some detail shots of garments that highlight the designer’s work methods in construction and fabric treatments.
Each of the one thousand copies was sent to Saberi’s atelier after printing, where his artisans attached the same string with a leather badge that goes into every Saberi garment to serve as a bookmark. Attention to detail, anyone?
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