BODICE RIPPING: FUTURE COLLECTIBLES FEAT. SUBURBAN LITERATURE

BODICE RIPPING: FUTURE COLLECTIBLES FEAT. SUBURBAN LITERATURE

2nd July 2013 // By warholst // Must Read
By Luna Argo A delivery at the door of Warhol’s Children led to the discovery of an untapped aesthetic. It starts off with the Suburban literature found at the back of your mother’s collection. Handed down to a generation of daughters or perhaps, donated to your local Red Cross to never be seen again. A few months ago, Craig Vegas (a good friend of Warhol’s Children) carried in one of our first boxes of secondhand books. From the table, a familiar visage was spotted. Right there on the left cover. Hello, Fabio hair. Yes, we’re welcoming back the vintage aesthetic of Mills and Boon.

Vegas laid out the covers on the table like jewels. At first glance, all the covers merge with the repeated gold Bold and the Beautiful font (there’s an official name) hovering over a sculpted physique and a misty waterfall. Hairstyles seem to draw heavily from the 80s but otherwise conform to a bodice-ripping time period… At a second glance, Vegas was quick to point out that these books were by different authors; the covers portraying an illustrated array of exotic locales. Centre stage is a beautiful, beach tanned couple - polar opposites in society (according to the blurb) but their exploits lead to a lip-locked embrace. They are captured in what Vegas coins the ‘forbidden’ of a far-flung time. Simply put, each book had a different tell-tale take on a fantasy. Once you adjusted to the aesthetic, we agreed these covers were beautiful. There is something picturesque and poster-like about the cover illustrations.

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