FASHION BOOKS: THE ULTIMATE LIST
Carine Roitfeld‘s Irreverent
The former editor of French Vogue has influenced stylists to designers, and this 368-page album of photographs spans her 30 year career with images from some of her most famous and provocative, shoots.
Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has To Travel
The High Priestess of Fashion, Diana Vreeland’s impact on fashion and style was legendary. From the beginning in 1936 as fashion editor of US Harper’s Bazaar, she established herself as a controversial visionary who invented and discovered fashion ideas, designers, personalities, and photographers. This book chronicles 50 years of international fashion and Vreeland’s life, with more than 350 illustrations, including original magazine spreads and famous photographs.
Eleanor Lambert: Still Here
This book chronicles the life of the woman who put American fashion on the global map, helped to launch Ralph Lauren, Calvin Klein, and Halston, founded the CFDA, and devised the notorious Best Dressed List.
Searching for Beauty: The Life of Millicent Rogers
The Standard Oil heiress and American trendsetter lived a high octane life. She eloped with a penniless baron, danced tangos in European nightclubs, divorced, remarried, and romanced Clark Gable. In the fashion world, she was the muse to designer Charles James, appeared in Vogue and Harper‘s Bazaar, and eventually retreated to Taos, New Mexico, where she popularised Southwestern style.
Cecil Beaton: The New York Years
From the 1930s, when he championed fashion journalism, through to the 1960s Pop Art era, Cecil Beaton revolutionised the way fashion was seen. This book focuses on the legendary photographer‘s life in New York City, and his relationships with icons of the eras, including his muse and confidant Greta Garbo, and Andy Warhol. Contents include reminiscences by his closest friends, costumes, set designs, previously unpublished letters, and over 220 photographs and drawings.
Marisa Berenson: A Life in Pictures
Christened an It Girl by Yves Saint Laurent in the early 1970s, Marisa Berenson was born fashion royalty as the granddaughter of Elsa Schiaparelli. She has featured on numerous covers and editorials in Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, and high fashion and society magazines, and her subsequent film career includes leading roles in Cabaret and Death in Venice. This book features fashion editorials, magazine covers, film stills, and candid photos by Richard Avedon, Irving Penn, David Bailey, Hiro, Helmut Newton, Henry Clarke, Norman Parkinson, Robert Mapplethorpe, and Steven Meisel.
Nostalgia in Vogue
This book highlights popular columns that have featured in Vogue since 2000. Writers, designers, models, and celebrities share coming-of-age stories, inspired by a photograph from Vogue’s history. With images by such photographers as Irving Penn, Richard Avedon, Helmut Newton, and Henri Cartier-Bresson, there are accompanying essays by Joan Didion, Margaret Atwood, Patti Smith, Karl Lagerfeld, Carly Simon, John Galliano, Anjelica Huston, and many others.
Vogue: The Covers
Since 1892, Vogue has featured images that have reflected and transformed the world of style. More than 300 fashion-forward covers are highlighted, alongside the history and stories behind the images, since the late 1800s to the present day. Featured work includes Helmut Newton, Irving Penn, Richard Avedon, Bruce Weber, Herb Ritts, Steven Meisel, Annie Leibovitz, and Mario Testino.
Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty
The late Alexander McQueen challenged and expanded fashion boundaries, and this book examines his career from the beginning to the end, and his ongoing legacy at the house of AMQ. Featuring his most iconic designs, it reveals how McQueen adapted and combined the fundamentals of Savile Row tailoring, specialised techniques of haute couture, and technological innovation.
The Elves and the Shoe-Maker
The story of Manolo Blahnik, told by Camilla Morton, is illustrated by Blahnik. In this contemporary twist on the tale of the Elves and the Shoemaker, Manolo Blahnik’s drawings take us from the banana plantations of his childhood to his high fashion existence of today.
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