Beautifully illustrated new book showcases 100 years of Polish fashion

Each chapter in the album is devoted to a different decade in the history of Polish fashion, beginning with when Poland regained its independence in 1918. Adam Mickiewicz Institute

A richly illustrated new publication sets out to take readers on a journey through 100 years of Polish fashion within the context of the country’s major cultural and historical events.

‘Reason and flair. A century of fashion in Poland’ begins with Poland’s independence in 1918 when the reborn fashion industry drew on styles from France and Italy, with each chapter exploring a different decade in Poland’s fashion evolution up to the present day, with all its innovations and inspirations along the way.

Barbara Krzeska, Deputy Director of the Adam Mickiewicz Institute said: “Over the years, Polish fashion has been an expression of longing for the West, and a manifestation of freedom and originality.”Adam Mickiewicz Institute

Published by the Adam Mickiewicz Institute and aimed at foreign audiences including cultural anthrpologists, fashion students, journalists and designers amongst others, the aim of the publication is to show the close relationship between Polish culture and Polish fashion and is not just an exploration of the history of clothing.

Barbara Krzeska, Deputy Director of the Adam Mickiewicz Institute said: “The history of Polish fashion is the history of Polish culture.

The 272 page publication is comprised of both stunning photographs and a collection of essays from a wide range of experts.Adam Mickiewicz Institute

“Reason & Flair shows not only the refined taste of fashion designers, but also the resourcefulness of designers and Polish women themselves.

“Over the years, Polish fashion has been an expression of longing for the West, and a manifestation of freedom and originality.”

The 272 page publication is comprised of both stunning photographs and a collection of essays from a wide range of experts including Dr. Agata Zborowska, lecturer on the anthropology of things at the University of Warsaw; Dr. Aleksandra Jatczak, lecturer on fashion history and theory at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw; Olga Drenda, cultural anthropologist and award-winning essayist, and Karolina Sulej, book editor, writer and reporter, dealing with the popularization of fashion anthropology.

Published by the Adam Mickiewicz Institute and aimed at foreign audiences including cultural anthrpologists, fashion students, journalists and designers amongst others, the aim of the publication is to show the close relationship between Polish culture and Polish fashion and is not just an exploration of the history of clothing. Adam Mickiewicz Institute

Sulej, who is also the book’s editor, said: “This album is not only a description of the Polish sector or industry, but also the many aspects of fashion: artistic, everyday, cultural and social.

“I am convinced that certain stories and collective experiences can only be accessed through fashion, and that such a lens will bring us closer to understanding the history of a given country, even those for whom its fate is exotic.”

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