There is no better gift than a good read, and for the fashion lovers on your list, this holiday season is full of delicacies. Take, for example, Annie Leibovitz’s book Wonderland, by compiling her most enchanting fashion images, or Slim Aarons: Style by Shawn Waldron and Kate Betts, which is full of photographs of the chicest subjects of Aarons’ fascination (CZ Guest, Nan Kempner, Marisa Berenson and Oscar de la Renta among them). Iain R. Webb’s Rebel stylist: Caroline Baker, the woman who invented street fashion captures the shattering glare of a fashion editor breaking the rules, while The United States of Fashion: A New Atlas of American Style celebrates American designers of all stripes working in cities as diverse as Las Vegas, Philadelphia, Santa Fe, Nashville and Flint, Michigan.
For those passionate about little-known lives, there is Caroline Bongrand Louis Vuitton: The daring, serving a fictional account of Mr. Vuitton’s life in 19th century France, and Miss Dior: a story of courage and couture, retracing the triumphs and trials of Christian Dior’s heroic younger sister, Catherine. The stylish guys in your life are also covered: Tom Ford has a new book coming out, film and fashion specialist Llewella Chapman has taken a critical look at James Bond costumes, and Phaidon has created a guide to the 500 plus. big names in men’s fashion.
Browse through all of these choices – and more! – in the list below.
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