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Jean-Paul Goude

Thames & Hudson, 2005
352 pages
320 colour illustrations
ISBN: 9870500512401

For more than thirty years, through drawing, poster design, photography, cinema, video and event design, Jean-Paul Goude has made an impression, in every sense, on our imagination - from the fops of the '60s to the legendary Esquire magazine of the following decade, from the New York of Andy Warhol and mixed cultures, to Grace Jones, for whom he was Pygmalion, from the spectacular Bicentennial Parade in Paris in 1989 to the celebration of 'Style Beur' (Arab Style), from ads for Kodak and Chanel to working with the latest supermodels.

This 'made to order' work is merely the flipside of Goude's profoundly individual adventure, a journey (marked in particular by his celebration of a number of remarkable women) transformed into a sort of personal mythology. Life and work for Goude are inextricably linked, and this gives his work a particularly personal cachet, and lifts it above mere images. It is this crossover is revealed here for the first time.

A DVD, also devised by Goude using his work in film and from various theatrical events he has staged, accompanies the book.


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