Pieter van den Boogert – What We Wear

An accordion fold between two substantial boards shows us the perpetuum mobile of the endless cycle of fashion: a single continuous story, a single unending process of manufacture, consumption and disposal, a tale that leads from interminable labour in the sweatshops of Bangladesh to insatiable consumerism in the West until the mountains of discarded clothes find their way back in bales and containers to the Third World.

It is an obscene process that is indicted in this book, though the indictment is packaged in a form that refrains from screaming from the rooftops.

Photographer and designer give us a visual narrative that speaks for itself – though a brief verbal account of the journey is added at the end. The panel found content and form nicely balanced and praised the general lack of pretension.

Bronze medal, Best Book Design from all over the World, Leipzig 2012

Edition: 2011
Language: English
Publisher / commissioner: Keff & Dessing Publishing, Amsterdam
Designer: Heijdens Karwei (Teun van der Heijden)
Printer: Slinger, Alkmaar
Binder: Grafische Handjes, Wormerveer
Dimensions: 165 x 217 x 27
Amount of pages: 140 p.
Number of copies: 500
Price: € 30
ISBN: none
Font and foundry: Design System A 100 R, Akkurat Light
Binding style: concertina folded
Material: 150gsm Olin Rough, high white (interior), 2.5 mm Dexbord (covers), 300gsm Olin Rough, high white (slip case)