Whether you’re looking for the perfect holiday gift, another addition to your own bookshelf, or creative inspiration, coffee table books are a beautiful, multipurpose solution for lovers of art, fashion, and beauty. We’ve compiled a list of five essential volumes celebrating the best of fashion’s ground-breaking icons. Read on.
ALEXANDER MCQUEEN: SAVAGE BEAUTY
A catalogue for The Metropolitan Museum’s wildly popular retrospective on the late designer, Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty explores the span of McQueen‘s two decades-long career, from the debut of his graduate collection that caught the eye of Isabella Blow to the international rise of his own design house. The book includes a preface by Met Costume Institute curator Andrew Bolton, an interview with current McQueen creative director Sarah Burton, and photography by Sølve Sundsbø of McQueen’s most iconic and radical garments.
A celebration of legendary Carine Roitfeld, former editor-in-chief of French Vogue and current creative director of CR Fashion Book, Irreverent is a visual history of Roitfeld’s career and personal life, peppered with family snapshots and personal ephemera. Edited by Vogue Hommes creative director Alex Wiederin and Purple‘s Olivier Zahm, the 364-page book includes a foreword by renown fashion journalist Cathy Horyn, off-the-cuff Q&A conducted by Zahm, and lots of Roitfeld’s signature sex appeal.
JUERGEN TELLER: MARC JACOBS ADVERTISING, 1998-2009
This heavy volume is a record of the long-standing collaboration between Marc Jacobs and photographer Jeurgen Teller. For over a decade, Teller shot the advertising campaigns for each of Jacobs’s men’s and women’s collections, line of accessories, and fragrances. Readers will discover the full range of idiosyncratic icons, from Cindy Sherman to Charlotte Rampling to Harmony Korine, that Juergen shot in his unique style.
An A-Z anthology of all the industry names you need to know, Phaidon’s Fashion Book is a compendium of concise history and illuminating visuals that explain the importance cultural impact of designers, style icons, models, and photographers of the past and present. This book is a must-have for aspiring fashionistas looking to read up on all things sartorial.
THE IMPOSSIBLE COLLECTION OF FASHION
Curated and written by Valerie Steele, The Impossible Collection of Fashion is a rich anthology of the 100 most influential and exquisite dresses in history, from Chanel‘s classic little black dress to Hussein Chalayan‘s multifunctional wooden table skirt. Director and chief curator of the Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology, Steele provides readers with the history of the dress, a visual timeline of its evolution, and its impact on society, culture, and gender.