I am always reading about the history of fashion to see where designers' inspirations come from and what experiences they went through in creating their artistic masterpieces. The Golden Age of Couture, Paris and London 1947-57 ($31), is highly recommended to any self-proclaimed couture addict. The book takes an in-depth look at Dior's authority on what was considered one of the most hailed fashion decades of all time. It also provides a behind-the-scenes look at famous fashion houses and features coveted couture gowns from the likes of Dior, Balenciaga, Balmain, and Givenchy. Get ready — couture week in Paris is very soon!