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Fashion Killa

Fashion Killa

How Hip-Hop Revolutionized High Fashion (Pre-Order, Sep 3 2024)

Sowmya Krishnamurthy
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This "first comprehensive anthology of the marriage between hip-hop and luxury fashion" (The Cut) draws on exclusive interviews to tell the story of the hip-hop artists, designers, stylists, and unsung heroes who fought the power and reinvented style around the world over the last fifty years.

Fashion Killa is a classic tale of a modern renaissance; of an exclusionary industry gate-crashed by innovators; of impresarios--Sean "Diddy" Combs, Dapper Dan, Virgil Abloh--hoisting hip-hop from the streets to the stratosphere; of supernovas--Lil' Kim, Cardi B, and Kimora Lee Simmons--allying with kingmakers--Anna Wintour, Donatella Versace, Tommy Hilfiger, and Ralph Lauren; of traditionalist fashion houses--Louis Vuitton, Fendi, and Saint Laurent--transformed into temples of rap gods.

Journalist Sowmya Krishnamurthy explores the connections between the DIY hip-hop scene and the exclusive upper-echelons of high fashion. She discusses the sociopolitical forces that defined fashion and tracks the influence of music and streetwear on the most exclusive (and exclusionary) luxury brands. "An essential book about US culture" (Booklist, starred review), Fashion Killa commemorates the contributions of hip-hop to music, fashion, and our society at large.


Sowmya Krishnamurthy is a music journalist and pop culture expert. Her work has been featured in Time, Rolling Stone, Complex, XXL, Playboy, Highsnobiety, and NPR. She is a graduate of the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan and lives in New York City. Fashion Killa is her first book.

  • Publisher: Gallery Books
  • Publish Date: September 03, 2024
  • Pages: 304
  • Dimensions: 6.0 X 9.0 X 0.72 inches | 0.6 pounds
  • Language: English
  • Type: Paperback
  • EAN/UPC: 9781982176334
  • BISAC Categories: Fashion, Genres & Styles - Rap & Hip Hop, Popular Culture, Industries - Fashion & Textile Industry
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