Craig Green's fashion shows are notorious for making show-goers cry. That might be in part due to the deeply emotive soundtracks created by Frederic Sanchez, but Green has the rare talent of being able to speak through design. His menswear clothes typically riff off themes of uniform, (see his seasonal workwear jacket), spirituality, fantasy and reality. There's protection but there's also vulnerability - the perfect dichotomy for modern masculinity. Earlier this year, Green called upon long-term collaborator Jack Davison to photograph his S/S 21 collection. Man and nature became one harmonious image in the striking black and white photographs, which have been reproduced for a book, available in a set of four different coloured covers, dropping exclusively at Dover Street Market on Thursday 13 May in a limited edition of 30 copies.
Putting Green's cerebral and focused aesthetic to paper, men appear like human kites; in true Craig Green style, the line between garment and sculpture is blurred. Captured on the wind-swept hills of the English countryside, a similar setting to where Green staged his most recent Moncler campaign, the images are the basis of the new limited-edition books. Printed using a risograph, the raw quality of Davison's images is emphasised. The self-cover books are protected by printed tyvek sheets featuring the printed silhouettes of recognisable Green monographs, including the latest featuring a frog and a platypus, then tied with branded bands. The tyvek sheets are printed in 10 bold colours just like those one can expect from Green's best collections, from fuscia pink to burnt orange. A series of these will also be made available as posters, together with the 30 editions of the books, for those hot off the mark to pick up for free from the Craig Green space on the second floor of Dover Street Market London from Thursday, (the store opens at 12:00 GMT).
Creative Direction: Craig Green
Photography: Jack Davison
Art Direction: Ben Kelway
Printing: Daniel Mason
Still life imagery: Marius W Hansen