From Dior couture to the most iconic Vogue covers: discover our selection of must-have fashion coffee table books
There is nothing that compares to a book when it comes to acting as an escape portal. In fact, there are few better ways to pass your time than curling up with thick volume.
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Whether you prefer to inhale the current bestseller or delve into a literary classic, in an age when only a healthy dose of pictorial extravagance will suffice, there are plenty of outstanding fashion books to pique your interest.
Good morning! Fashion shares our edit of must-have fashion coffee table books:
Cinema Fashion: How Cinema Inspired Fashion by Amber Butchart
Cinema Fashion: How Cinema Inspired Fashion£30.42, Amazon
Fashion historian Amber Butchart invites you on a journey through the last 100 years of cinematic style and to reflect on the impact of cinema on great design talent.
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Peter Lindbergh on fashion photography
Peter Lindbergh on Fashion Photography, £20, Selfridges
What the late Peter Lindbergh didn’t know about fashion photography isn’t worth knowing. having captured this image of the models as well as the Pirelli calendar on three occasions, Peter’s archive has to be seen to be believed.
Norman Parkinson: always in style
Norman Parkinson: always in style, £35, WH Smith
Industry legend Norman Parkinson changed the face of fashion photography, bringing the craft outside of the studio and into the natural habits of his subjects who included Elizabeth Taylor, Jerry Hall and Jean Seberg among many others.
Portraits of Helmut Newton
Portraits, £45, WH Smith
Astonishing and surprising pretty much sums up Helmut Newton’s collection of celebrity portraits. See Andy Warhol, Sophia Loren and Grace Jones through a whole new lens.
Dior Couture by Patrick Demarchelier and Ingrid Sisch
Dior Couture, £49.65, Amazon
The Maison Dior has had an exceptional impact on the fashion world since Christian’s “New Look” changed the face of post-war clothing. This book consists of an exquisite collection of photographs taken of haute couture pieces by the late, internationally acclaimed Patrick Demarchelier.
Slim Aarons: The Women of Laura Hawk
Slim Aarons: women, £65, water stones
While Slim Aarons may not have thought of himself as a fashion photographer, there’s something unmistakable about his work that oozes enduring style. Focused on capturing the glamorous lifestyles of the elite, it’s impossible not to fall head over heels in love with his stellar portraits.
Vogue: the covers of Dodie Kazanjian
Vogue: the blankets, £45, Selfridges
For magazine obsessives, there is no other comparable fashion book. Featuring the likes of Naomi Campbell, Rihanna and Michelle Obama,Vogue: covers is a complete visual treat.
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