Monday, July 13, 2009

Harley Davidson Fashions 1910s-1950

I recently stumbled across Rin Tanaka's "Harley Davidson Book of Fashions: 1910s-1950s" and I am more than obsessed with the imagery. Gone are all the stereotypical lore of leather, beards and hell's angels. Instead, it's a surreal journey into a working-class era full of freedom, adventure, necessity and style - all of which creates a rather elegant viewing experience. As much as I love this book, I do find it kind of odd that the master of American vintage fashion books comes from abroad (same goes for timeless Ivy League fashions). But it cannot be denied that Rin Tanaka has an eye and level of taste that is both interesting and inspiring.