CHICKS on SPEED Its a project
(London): Booth-Clibborn, 2003. First edition. 4to. Still sealed from the publisher, this package includes a die-cut hardcover book, cloth bag, CD of unreleased material, and a unisex shift dress. Chicks On Speed (COS) are Melissa Logan (from New York), Kiki Moorse (Munich), and Alex Murray-Leslie (Bowral, Australia). They”re a band, a clothing label, a website, a record label, a design team, and a 21st-century phenomenon. This, their first publication, aims to capture their sense of freedom and spontaneity. Each page is crafted and designed in their own handwriting. The book is divided into periods of their lives: Fake Band, Pressing the Press, Sell Out, and so on. Die-cut, over-printed, and assembled from many different paper stocks, this book approximates a COS scrapbook, full of press clippings, personal mementos, printed ephemera, and free merchandise.
The three members of COS met at art school in Munich and then moved to Berlin, where they reinvented themselves as Chicks On Speed, a girl-power collective. From providing a raunchy, cover-version soundtrack to parties and gigs, to customizing visitors” clothing at exhibitions (Fondation Cartier), to posing with Karl Lagerfeld for the cover of their latest album, the Chicks have invaded the worlds of fashion and music with their endearing do-it-yourself aesthetic and good-time vibe. A fine copy.
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