Miles Davis is one of the most revered artists of the last 100 years, regardless of the art form. Credited with ushering in a new age of jazz more than once, his unique perception of the world is best known through his memorable music, which is arguably more popular now than ever. And his influence doesn’t stop with the power of his trumpet.
Michael Stradford’s MILESSTYLE: The Fashion of Miles Davis (out May 12) is the first book to examine Miles Davis, the artist, as a creative canvas. The book features observations from notable fashion icons such as Lenny Kravitz, Bryan Ferry and Lloyd Boston, as well as friends and bandmates including Quincy Jones, Ron Carter, Clark Terry and more. All reference his sartorial evolution and what his style said about the music and the man.
Davis’s restless, rebellious personality found an additional creative outlet through his interest in fashion. From the big shouldered, pleated suits of the forties, to the Ivy League look of the fifties, the sleek Italian suits of the sixties and the more avant-garde looks of the last twenty years of his life, he blazed a unique fashion trail, with an impact still being felt today.
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