Mens wear

11 new books to read in April

This month, two monographs combine fashion, art and literature; new memoirs probe love and politics; and six new novels offer thrills in the art world, a long-awaited “brother” to a beloved Pulitzer Prize winner, a lonely vampire, and more.


“The V&A has been collecting menswear since its founding, and throughout the museum – in the paintings, the sculptures, everywhere – we see images of menswear,” says Rosalind McKever, co-curator of “Fashioning Masculinities: The Art of Menswear”. The exhibition and accompanying tome examine the evolution of power dressing through three themes: In ‘Undressed’, nude sculptures accompany Calvin Klein advertisements from the 1980s. , while “Redressed” focuses on costume.

“Redressed,” from “Fashioning Masculinities,” features costumes from early 19th-century dandy Beau Brummell to the works of contemporary designers such as JW Anderson and Comme des Garçons (both vaunted deconstructors of the traditional). Right here, Jean-Baptiste Belley (2014), by Omar Victor Diop.GALLERY OMAR VICTOR DIOP/MAGNIN-A.

For The Fendi Set: From Bloomsbury to Borghese, Nikolai von Bismarck spent a year photographing Kim Jones’ first couture collection for the brand. “I wanted to create images that seemed to come from another time,” he says, and so he used interwar cameras, filming on location from Monk’s House in Rome. The book exudes dreamy escapism and features ephemera, including letters between Virginia Woolf and her lover Vita Sackville-West. —Miles Pope

As Tilda Swinton, Bloomsbury enthusiast and Fendi muse, writes in her preface to The Fendi set: “For those of us dedicated to living a self-determined life…the spirit-lit beacon of Bloomsbury flashes and shines ahead, fresh as day, more relevant and urgent than ever.”JOSEPHINE SCHIELE.