Jul 28, 2014

Coffee Table Fashion

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The old adage, not to judge a book by its cover -- well, I think it's safe to say you should ignore that with these books. Your coffee table (or book shelf) will appreciate it, especially when it's far more used to hosting water rings and a bag of salt and pepper kettle chips (the best). These are gorgeous books, a few being limited edition volumes, including Pucci which is a whopping 14 inch square, 400+ page tome bound in original fabric. And perhaps the old adage still holds, to the extent that you'll be spending more time poring over what's inside those covers than admiring them on your coffee table.

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Fashion Designers A to Z (2012) [Prada edition, pictured in opening graphic; Stella McCartney edition pictured here, both limited edition to 2,000 copies] -- Photographs of over 500 garments from the most important designers of the 20th and 21st centuries found in the permanent collection of The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology.

Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty (2011) Published to coincide with the exhibit of the same name held in 2011 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Chanel: The Vocabulary of Style (2011) The story of the iconic style of Chanel told through hundreds of images, from Coco Chanel's time, throughout the years, to the creations of Karl Lagerfeld today.

Chanel: Collections and Creations (2007) Five central Chanel themes—the suit, the camellia, jewelry, makeup and perfume, the little black dress—followed from past to present.

Chloé: Atittudes (2013) A celebration of Chloé's sixty years, following the brand's various eras and designers through an array of images from the brand's archives, advertisements, and sketches.

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Dior Impressions: The Inspiration and Influence of Impressionism at the House of Dior (2013) Over 150 paintings from Impressionist artists accompanies photographs of Dior garments, exploring the connection between Dior haute couture with this art movement; Published to accompany the Impressions Dior exhibition held at the Musée Christian Dior in Granville, France.

Dries Van Noten (2014) This volume gets inside the mind of the Belgian designer, delving into sources of inspiration that range from paintings to music to personal photographs.

Pucci (2010) [Limited and numbered edition of 10,000 copies; each copy is bound with an original Pucci fabric, offering a choice of dozens of different covers] Features hundreds of photographs, drawings, and other visual inspirations behind the brand.

Valentino Garavani: Una granda storia italiana (2007) [Limited edition of 2,000 copies, each numbered and signed by the fashion designer, in clamshell box] A luxuriously appointed Taschen publication following the designer's life works through a wide array of exclusive images from his archives.

Yves Saint Laurent (2010) A retrospective of the fashion designer, accompanying the exhibit of 250 garments from the collection of the Fondation Pierre Bergé–Yves Saint Laurent at the Petit Palais in Paris.

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