When we're not sifting through the shopping racks or magazines, you can usually find our noses buried in a (stylish) book. After all, nothing makes for a better conversation piece, and house decor to boot, than a gorgeous fashion coffee table tome. From Alexander McQueen's Savage Beauty masterpiece — the closest you're going to get to the now-closed Met exhibit — to a comprehensive look at Christian Louboutin's delectable shoe candy over the years, we compiled all of our favorite books for you to peruse. Click the slideshow to see and shop our top 10 picks now.
>> Read between the lines with these: the best of the upcoming season's fashion tomes. From designer anthologies to magazine compendiums to haute biographies — there are three on Coco Chanel alone — this Fall is, literally, one for the books. In fact, it seems like everyone who's anyone will debut a coffee-table edition come October: Carine Roitfeld, Rick Owens, Ralph Lauren, Christian Louboutin, and Glenda Bailey all have glossy monographs on the way. Here, the volumes we just can't wait to devour.
>> A new crop of books, full of stylish inspiration. From an insider's guide to the hidden gems of NYC, to a book cataloguing the work of the world's first fashion photographer, here's our list of the best — and chicest — fashion books of the Summer.
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The fashion house of Pierre Cardin is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year with a retrospective tome published by Assouline. Having worked for Elsa Schiaparelli and Christian Dior in Paris, Cardin opened his namesake couture house in 1950 producing architecturally inspired futuristic fashions. This October the house of Cardin will receive the Fashion Group International's Board of Director's Legend Award for extraoridary innovation in the world of couture, fashion, and perfume. Pierre Cardin: 60 Years of Innovation is now available online from Assouline. Enjoy a sneak peek of images from the book in the gallery below.
If you enjoy my Fab Reads, here's another bunch that would make awesome gifts this holiday. They're perfect for bookworms that have a knack for fashion. This super handy The Fairchild Dictionary of Fashion ($44) will help strengthen your friend's fashion vernacular. There are also tomes about Coco Chanel, Marie Antoinette, the modeling industry, and more. Read on.
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If you've ever dreamed of having a career in the fashion industry but don't know where to begin your road to stylishness, check out Stylecareer.com, a Northern Cali-based company that publishes electronic books about fashion related jobs like fashion event organizing, fashion publicity, shoe designing and more.
The e-books, which range anywhere from $15 to $120, are formatted to be viewed and read on your computer using Adobe Acrobat Reader. They are at least 60 pages and offer tips, strategies and web links for the career of your choice.
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