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15 Gorgeous, Gift-Worthy Fashion Books

Nov 30 2011 - 9:44am

>> From recent releases to much-loved classics, these coffee table tomes promise to make the perfect addition to any fashion fiend's collection. Featuring drop-dead images from legendary photographers like Mario Testino, Patrick Demarchelier, and Richard Avedon; insider info from industry icons Daphne Guinness, Carine Roitfeld, and Valerie Steele; and sublime collections from Christian Dior [1], Christian Louboutin [2], and more — these 15 books are some of the chicest to give this holiday season. After all, there's nothing like being well-dressed and well-read.

Daphne Guinness

By Valerie Steele and Daphne Guinness; $45 [3]

The companion to the recent FIT exhibit, this much-anticipated book offers an inside look at the world and personal style of haute couture's most-followed patron. Illustrated with editorial photographs and snapshots of Guinness wearing her drool-worthy personal collection, as well as images culled directly from the exhibit — co-curated by Guinness herself.

Fashion: 150 Years of Couturiers, Designers, Labels

By Charlotte Seeling; $60 [4]

An authoritative, all-encompassing encyclopedia for the fashion disciple. From Charles Frederick Worth in the 1860s to the avant-garde designers of today — and nearly everything in between — this vast compendium is not just super-informative and well-researched, it's also sublimely illustrated with large, full-color images.

Fashion Illustration, 1930 to 1970

By Marni [5] Fogg; $25 [6]

Take a trip through 40 years of breathtaking fashion illustration — culled directly from the pages of Harper's Bazaar. Divided by decade, this diverse collection features the work of notables such as Jean Cocteau, Leon [7] Benigni, Jane Bixby — and more.

Dior Couture

By Ingrid Sischy and Patrick Demarchelier; $115 [8]

This just-released Rizzoli [9] hard-cover features over 150 fantastical couture pieces — from dresses to jackets — spanning the entire era of the house of Dior. A gorgeous reminder of the label's storied history, with work from nearly all of the label's legendary designers — including Yves Saint Laurent [10], John Galliano [11], and, of course, Christian Dior [12] himself. Luminously photographed by Patrick Demarchelier.

Avedon Fashion, 1944-2000

By Carol Squires, Vincent Aletti, Phillipe Garner, and Willis Hartshorn; $100 [13]

Though released in 2009, this coffee table star remains one of the most inspiring fashion books of recent memory. Richard Avedon's timeless images feel just right — always.

Vogue: The Covers

By Dodie Kazanjian; $50 [14]

While work from all the greats is represented — Helmut Newton, Irving Penn, Richard Avedon, Bruce Weber, Herb Ritts, Steven Meisel, Annie Leibovitz, and Mario Testino — it's the accompanying behind-the-scenes stories that make this just-released collection of over 300 Vogue cover images a must-own for the fashion obsessed. With a foreword by Hamish Bowles. Get an inside look at the book here [15].

Deborah Turbeville: The Fashion Pictures

By Deborah Turbeville; $85 [16]

Since the 1970s, Mademoiselle editor-turned-fashion photographer Deborah Turbeville has created stunning ad campaigns for Valentino, Yohji Yamamonto, Emanuel Ungaro [17], Sonia Rykiel [18], Commes des Garçons, and Chanel — not to mention her haunting (and sometimes controversial) editorials for glossies like Vogue and Vogue Italia. This stunning compilation is the first to showcase the internationally acclaimed photographer's work all in one place. With an introduction by Franca Sozzani.

The Impossible Collection of Fashion

By Valerie Steele; $650 [19]

Valerie Steele's latest book is the ultimate fashion fantasy. Here, Steele has hand-selected 100 of the most iconic dresses of the last century — as she sees it — and offers them up in lush images alongside quotes from some of fashion's favorite insiders. Beautifully packaged in a linen clamshell case.

Kate Moss by Mario Testino

By Mario Testino; $70 [20]

From backstage candids to iconic editorials, this highly personal, transportative tome documents 15 years of one of fashion's most celebrated photographer-model relationships. With commentary from both Moss and Testino, as well as never-before-published photos from Testino's personal archive.

Carine Roitfeld: Irreverent

By Carine Roitfeld, with Olivier Zahn Alex Wiederin and Cathy Horyn; $100 [21]

This visual history tracks the former editor-in-chief — and Barneys collaborator [22]— from her early work with Mario Testino to her much-lauded position presiding over Vogue Paris. With 250 pages of magazine tear sheets, covers, and advertising campaigns that illuminate the oft-heralded Roitfeld aesthetic.

Christian Louboutin

By Christian Louboutin [23]; $95 [24]

For your favorite shoe fanatic: this pink leather-bound treatise traces the career of the iconic shoe designer, from his start at Chanel and Yves Saint Laurent [25] to his present-day collaborations with the likes of filmmaker David Lynch. With never-before-seen archival images, new photography, and fun pop-ups, the book also features a not-to-be-missed catalog of every Louboutin shoe ever designed.

Ralph Lauren

By Ralph Lauren [26]; $50 [27]

Americana for the fashion classicist. Offering an in-depth pictorial history via personal photos, famed ad campaigns, and iconic magazine imagery, this 500-page retrospective showcases the work — and world — of the global fashion mogul. The special gift edition comes in a printed jute bag and features photography by Bruce Weber, Patrick Demarchelier, Shelia Metzner, and more.

Harper's Bazaar: Greatest Hits

By Glenda Bailey; $65 [28]

"Fashion reflects what's going on in our world, and Bazaar makes pop culture fashionable," says Harper's Bazaar Editor-in-Chief [29] Glenda Bailey. Take a trip through the long-running glossy's latest decade in this visual compendium, filled with over 300 Bailey-commissioned images. Karl Lagerfeld, Agness Deyn, Marc Jacobs [30] — among others — all make appearances.

Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel

By Lisa Immordino Vreeland; $55 [31]

Written by Diana Vreeland's great-granddaughter-in-law, this must-have book takes an in-depth look at the life, personality, work, and style of one of fashion's most storied characters. Featuring hundreds of photos from Vogue and Harper's Bazaar as well as personal images from travel and home, this book is the companion piece to a documentary [32] of the same name, which debuted earlier this year at the Venice Film Festival.

American Fashion

By Charles Scheips; $70 [33]

From the glamour of '30s Hollywood to the quirky '70s cool of Annie Hall, this CFDA-commissioned book is a treasure trove of American fashion inspiration. With over 250 images, this soon-to-be classic celebrates the vision of over 100 American designers — and is a must for any fashion connoisseur's library.


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