Must Have Fashion Books for Your Home Library- Part 1

When we think of fashion books, two things come to our mind: 1. they are expensive and 2. they are one of the best interior design accessories. We will try to rebut the first one, reviewing the four books we collected in this article. We cannot disagree with the second one either, because fashion books look stylish indeed on our bookshelves and coffee table. As long as you are looking for not only a beautiful home decoration but for a lasting reading experience as well, do not hesitate to read the rest of the article.

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Where’s Karl?

Stacey Caldwell and Ajiri A. Aki’s book is an interactive puzzle book for fashion lovers. Karl Lagerfeld’s name might sound familiar to many of you because it was synonymous with Chanel for 36 years. The book’s fictitious fashion blogger, Florence de Sabine, chases him to get an interview with him. She needs help to find him in 12 different places. All the 12 places, richly illustrated by Michelle Baron, can be linked to Karl: Paris Fashion Week, Royal Ascot and his favourite ski resort, St. Moritz. In the illustrations, you can spot the most influential people in the fashion industry, including Grace Coddington, Naomi Campbell, Victoria Beckham and the Olsen twins. Sometimes a magnifying glass might come in handy to identify the celebrities in the densely illustrated pages of the book. What do you reckon, would you be able to find Karl?

In the Name of Gucci

This book is a novel of the family and business intrigues. Reading the introductory sentence, you might think that we will review the book on which the popular House of Gucci movie is based. But this is not how this story goes even though they share the same place, time and characters. The author, Patricia Gucci (Attention: not Patrizia Gucci, the character played by Lady Gaga), is Aldo Gucci’s daughter born out of wedlock. We can read about her parents’ love story and how kept their relationship, including her identity secret. Of course, it wouldn’t be the Gucci family if wouldn’t exist a thread following the business side. In addition to the storyline about Aldo’s private life, we get insight into the Italian style quarrels with his brothers and his business strategy to expand the brand into other continents. It’s s a gripping book about the last members of the Gucci family, who were involved and shared holds in one of the world’s most recognized brands.

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Fashion History from the 18th to the 20th Century

Lots of us fashion lovers dream of buying the coffee table book of a luxury brand, but we may need to break the bank to purchase one. The next book we brought to you by Taschen can be considered a mini coffee table book.

But above all, you don’t have to rob a bank to buy this book. One thing you need to know about Taschen is that it’s a leading art book publisher, known for its high-quality photographic books. In other words, any book published by Taschen would look good on your coffee table. This fashion history publication is no different, it exhibits the most valued pieces of the Tokyo Costume Institute through colour photography that makes you want to touch the fabrics and hemlines. If we flip through the book, we might spot Yves Saint Laurent’s first design for Dior, a stay from 1907, Chanel’s little black dress, Kumagai’s “Shoes to eat”, and Rei Kawakubo’s paper dresses.

We recommend this book to the true fashion bookworms, who love boring their way through the big moments in fashion history and the gowns hidden in tissue paper by the museum conservators.

sARTorial – The Art of Looking Like an Artist

We came across this book in the museum shop of the Hungarian National Gallery. Judging the book by its title might seem like it’s off-topic, but in addition to the art thread, there’s also a fashion thread. The book presents 60 key artists in the context of fashion. sARTorial aligns up the reigning king and queens, at whose names we bow our heads. They represent each genre, from modern to contemporary art. For example, did you know that the favourite accessory of the king of pop art, David Hockney is his iPad? Or have you ever heard that Tamara de Lempicka, the queen of Art Deco had her style influenced by contemporary cinema and thus had once been mistaken for Greta Garbo? We wouldn’t like to spoil more artist names and fascinating facts, because you need to experience it for yourself: sinking into the sofa with sARTorial in your hand

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We hope that we managed to recommend some fashion books that you have already made room for on your bookshelf or coffee table. Enjoy your reading!