Fashion Projects: 15 Years of Fashion in Dialogue

Fashion Projects, a home-baked, thinking person’s fashion journal, was born in New York in 2005, in the same Chelsea apartment that housed the Lowbrow Reader. From the get-go, the little magazine, edited by Francesca Granata, had a more rarefied vibe than the Vogues and Elles of the world. Here was a rigorous study of artistic fashion revealed through deep-dive Q&A interviews. It spawned five whipsmart issues (all long sold-out), each arranged around a different theme, along with a trove of online-only material. The high-minded magazine shared more DNA with the Lowbrow Reader than one might have guessed: Both journals examined art forms that have often been critically ignored or disparaged.

Now, in its greatest move yet, Fashion Projects has entered the book world. This week, Intellect Books is publishing Fashion Projects: 15 Years of Fashion in Dialogue, a charmed anthology featuring work from all five print editions, plus selections from the website. Lovingly edited by Granata, the book features a ton of captivating interviews. Subjects include curators (the Met’s former costume chief Harold Koda, the Museum of F.I.T.’s Valerie Steele), journalists (the New Yorker’s Judith Thurman, the Washington Post’s Robin Givhan) and, of course designers. It’s a fascinating read and a handsome book, presented in lush hardcover from the Bristol, U.K. publisher. (A paperback edition is imminent.) So don’t hesitate a single moment! Do yourself a favor and order the long-in-the-making Fashion Projects book anthology. Buy a copy or three through Intellect or their Stateside arm, the University of Chicago Press…stat!