Fashion & Beauty

index A to Z: Art, Design, Fashion, Film, and Music in the Indie Era

The bible of indie culture. index A to Z celebrates the uncompromising personalities, humor, and DIY brilliance of the indie generation and captures the spirit of the era with sections like F for Fashion, featuring designers Kate Spade and Marc Jacobs; I for Indie with Harmony Korine and John Waters; and others such as Royalty, Vanished, and X-Rated. Paying homage to Generation X's "It" glossy, this volume is packed with index's most memorable interviews and greatest photographs of the time, including previously unpublished outtakes and party pictures.

Beginning as a low-budget, oversized fanzine in 1996, index magazine quickly became one of the most influential small publications in the United States. With a smart and irreverent voice that epitomized the late '90s indie ethos, the magazine brought together some of the most relevant cultural figures who were at that time young and often unknown, and who have since become cultural icons or celebrities, including Bjork, Scarlett Johansson, Alexander McQueen, and Ryan McGinley, to name just a few. New interviews with founders Peter Halley and Bob Nickas, a reminiscence by Bruce LaBruce, and a historical overview by Wendy Vogel offer further looks behind the scenes.

About The Author

New York City-based artist Peter Halley published index magazine from 1996 to 2005. Bob Nickas is a critic and curator based in New York. Bruce LaBruce is a Toronto-based filmmaker, writer, director, photographer, and artist. Wendy Vogel is a New York-based writer and curator.

  • Publish Date: April 08, 2014
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Category: Design - Fashion & Accessories
  • Publisher: Rizzoli
  • Trim Size: 9 x 12
  • Pages: 252
  • US Price: $45.00
  • CDN Price: $45.00
  • ISBN: 978-0-8478-4244-5


"...index A to Z: Art, Design, Fashion, Film, and Music in the Indie Era, a glossy and fun collection that really captures the spirit of this fruitful period in underground culture."

"...particular slice of history is inventively retold in a new book, Index A to Z, which eschews simple chronology in favor of eclectic categories, from Advertising to Zeitgeist (the latter including some classic party shots of Ryan McGinley and infamous literary hoax artist “JT Leroy”)." -ArtInfo

“There was a radical realism to it all that made you feel close to the glamourous people that mattered to you, as though they were just like you, and one day, you might be able to join them. Flipping through Rizzoli’s retrospective book today, the effect is just the same.” –Fader Magazine

Author Bookshelf: Bob Nickas

Author Bookshelf: Peter Halley