Friday, October 24, 2014

The Reading List….Conflict and Costume by Jim Naughten

I’m realizing now that The Reading List, might have been more aptly named The Viewing List, considering most of the books I love seem to contain more photos than actual words! (a shocking fact-I know)


In Conflict and Costume, Naughten photographs the Herero Tribe of Namibia in their native costume. This “costume” has evolved over the last 100+ years out of what Europeans left behind in South Africa, and what the Herero Tribe subsequently adopted. To see so many misplaced patterns, shapes, and colors set against an overwhelmingly serene backdrop, surprisingly creates a nice sense of harmony. It’s funny how two contrasting visuals can play off of eachother so nicely.


If you’re interested, the book is available for purchase on Amazon


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  1. Fashion Snag

    October 24, 2014 at 3:04 pm

    Gotta get this!

  2. Liz

    October 24, 2014 at 3:53 pm

    this is awesome

  3. Kensington

    October 24, 2014 at 6:09 pm

    OMG, it’s the most amazing thing I’ve ever seen!

  4. Karen Farber

    October 25, 2014 at 1:13 am

    That’s so cool! I gotta check out this book

  5. Elizabeth

    October 25, 2014 at 4:03 am

    You should also read about the German genocide of the Herero people

    • Jessie

      October 25, 2014 at 6:05 pm

      Agree. I haven’t read the book, but the title implies that the book also focusses upon the tragic, not only upon the aesthetic aspects. I certainly hope so; the horrific persecution the Herero were forced to endure cannot be forgotten or ignored.

  6. sandyy

    October 25, 2014 at 5:38 am

    Merci for the tip, I will read it too ;)

  7. Big M

    October 25, 2014 at 11:36 am

    Got to get that book! Thanks for the heads up, Scott. The Herero tribe is from Namibia on the west coast of southern Africa. I have seen the women wear their native dress before and they are quite stunning.

  8. Ros

    October 25, 2014 at 4:54 pm

    Scott have you seen FARM by Jackie Nickerton? Check it out, its stunning.

  9. TeMo

    October 26, 2014 at 2:57 pm

    Human adornment is beautiful. Once in contact with others we often adopt new ways of dress the influence moves in all ways. North to South East to West. Urban to Suburban. Asia to Europe to Africa and the Americas and all around the world again. Reminds me of the recent Met show: Interwoven Globe: The Worldwide Textile Trade, 1500–1800.

  10. Charlotte not Gainsbourg

    October 27, 2014 at 6:41 am

    you put the art part in my life thank you
    la bellezza ci salverà
    lots of love and luck

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