“When I began sorting through all the photos I'd been taking since we started Misshapes in 2004, I realized I had about 200,000 pictures,” recalls Geordon Nicol, one third of the trio behind the weekly New York City dance party phenomenon. “I knew I had to do something with them.” “Something” quickly turned into a book project, which sparked a bidding war among publishers before getting scooped up by PowerHouse/MTV Press, who will publish the image-packed homage to the groundbreaking club collective this September.
Most of the volume is dedicated to anonymous partygoers; the most stylish attendees—cherry-picked by Nicol, who edited the volume himself—are given two-page spreads with 20 photographs that track the evolution of their style over time. The subjects fan across multiple genres and generations, and of course there's no shortage of A-list cameos, including musicians (Michael Stipe, Rufus Wainwright, Beth Ditto, and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs); models (Agyness Deyn, Lily Donaldson, and Gemma Ward); artists (Dan Colen, Nan Goldin, and Dash Snow); and movie stars (Selma Blair, Philip Seymour Hoffman, and Sienna Miller). “We wanted it to be like a Where's Waldo of celebrities.” Nicol says, “Like, you know Chlöe Sevigny is in here somewhere, but you have to search for her.”
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