This book written by Patti Smith, a famous songwriter and poet, tells a love story where the main characters are the writer herself and the late photographer Robert Mapplethorpe. One of the main topics is how they struggled while trying to make their dreams come true.
It also shows a vivid image of the city of New York during the 60’s and the 70’s, when lots of new artists were born. Inside the book you can get a lot of references about art and music while you dip into stories where characters like Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix or Andy Warhol appear among others.
Styling is also very important in this book. The main characters use it to identify and express themselves. Despite not having a lot of money, they know how to dress well using second-hand clothes and most importantly, lots of personality. The book shows many details about how they used to choose colors, fabrics and accesories in a very particular way.
One of the best parts is when they stay at the Chelsea Hotel, a place where you could sleep in exchange of your art. Can something cooler than this exist?
Lastly, these two artists have inspired designers like Raf Simons or Ann Demeulemeester, who have used references about them in countless occasions.
P.S. Sorry for not being so descriptive at all. We will make a deep review on how this two artists have impacted fashion separately, as there is a lot of information about them to discuss.
Written by Adrián Lorca