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Fall's Most Wanted Fashion Books

Oct 9 2012 - 5:04pm

What better way to celebrate the coziest of seasons than with a nice big stack of brand-new fashion books? From a retrospective spanning Mario Testino's legendary three-decade career to a glossy-paged collection celebrating Vogue's most visionary fashion editors, this Fall's recently released batch of coffee-table tomes are filled with so much page-turning gorgeousness they're sure to keep you occupied — and inspired — from now straight through Spring's thaw. Herein, 10 volumes we just can't wait to make ours.

Mario Testino: In Your Face

By Mario Testino; $60 [1]

The companion piece to the upcoming MFA Boston retrospective [2], this 216-page book features over 100 images spanning Mario Testino's 30-year career — all of which were handpicked by the famed photographer himself. Magazine editorials, afterparty candids, and provocative ad campaigns are all well-represented, as are more personal autobiographical images. There are also plenty of portraits featuring the legendary lensman's favorite subjects: Kate Moss [3], Gisele Bundchen [4], Nicole Kidman [5], Stephanie Seymour, and David Beckham [6] — just to name a few.

Stars in Dior

By Jerome Hanover; $65 [7]

From Lauren Bacall to Charlize Theron [8], there's never been a shortage of Dior on the red carpet. Lesser known, though, is the master couturier's work as a costume designer — work that the house of Dior has continued even in the present day. In this transportive collection from Rizzoli [9], never-before-published photographs and behind-the-scenes images come together to showcase that incredible breadth of work.

Masters of Fashion Illustration

By David Downton; $30 [10]

"I decided to write Masters of Fashion Illustration, because I wanted to celebrate the lives and the work of the great fashion artists of the 20th century," renowned fashion illustrator David Downton recently explained [11]. Thus, this tome is not just filled with Downton's gorgeous drawings (a whole section is devoted to him) but also includes work from artists as varied as Andy Warhol and Tony Viramontes.

The Sartorialist: Closer, Limited Edition

By Scott Schuman; $225 [12]

Everyone's favorite street-style photographer has gathered up 40 of his favorite never-before-seen portraits for his newest book. Snapped in locales all over the world — from Japan to Paris to New York — the collection offers a peek at real, global fashion. And with a hard-backed slipcover, colored endpapers, and sewn pages, the limited-edition version shows it all off in one gorgeous, collectors-ready package.

Vogue: The Editor's Eye

Edited by Eve MacSweeney; $75 [13]

The heart-stopping images that grace the pages of Vogue may seem like the work of magical fashion fairies, but they're actually the collaborative efforts of some of the world's finest fashion visionaries: photographers, stylists, designers, and — of course — editors. Here, the work of eight legendary fashion editors (including Grace Coddington) is celebrated via photos culled from the magazine's vast 120-year archive. With photos by Irving Penn, Herb Ritts, Richard Avedon, Helmut Newton, Steven Meisel, and Annie Leibovitz; introductions by Hamish Bowles and Anna Wintour; and appearances by Linda Evangelista, Stephanie Seymour, Marilyn Monroe, and more.

Opening Ceremony

By Carol Lim and Humberto Leon; $65 [14]

In honor of 10 years of utter coolness, here it is: the quintessential Opening Ceremony compendium. Via original photos, artwork, and contributions from OC pals Alexander Wang [15], Chloë Sevigny [16], Spike Jonze, Proenza Schouler [17], Jason Schwartzman [18], Terry Richardson, and more, the book traces the complete history of the brand — from its humble start in New York's Chinatown to its current status as a global entity.

Fashion: The Definitive History of Costume and Style

By The Smithsonian; $45 [19]

Go back to the very beginning with the ultimate guide to fashion history. Through in-depth examination of artifacts, paintings, sculptures, and preserved clothing, this textbook-worthy offering is a fascinating exploration into the how and why of human dress over the last 3,000 years. From the ancient Egyptians to Alexander McQueen [20], no era is left uncovered.

Katharine Hepburn: Rebel Chic

By Jean Druesedow; $40 [21]

Billed as the first book completely dedicated to Katharine Hepburn's iconic style, these 176 pages feature never-before-seen images and essays by fashion historians that explore the legendary actress's "antifashion" look — both on screen and off.

Vintage Menswear: A Collection From the Vintage Showroom

By Josh Sims; $50 [22]

It's no secret that much of today's ready to wear references classic menswear. This 300-page book goes behind the scenes into a collection of rare 20th century vintage men's pieces and offers an up-close peek at all the details — from fine tailoring to military hardware — that make these treasures so inspiring.

365 Day-by-Day Fashion Ads of the 20th Century

By Taschen; $30 [23]

This glossy coffee-table book pulls double duty as a chic desktop calendar. Featuring a year's worth of classic fashion ads — each of which is accompanied by an iconic quote — the collection is not only a fun romp through the history of fashion marketing, but it's also totally timeless: none of the dated pages are printed with a year, so there's no reason not to use this agenda for years to come.


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