Nice presents for good times – the fashion books

Always a great idea when you want to impress a style-obsessed friend, the fashion books are a beautiful gift no matter the age.

This book grants readers exclusive access to the chaos and glamour backstage at international fashion shows. With quotes from icons like Karl Lagerfeld and Giorgio Armani and never-before-seen photos of supermodels like Kendall Jenner and Karlie Kloss, Behind the Runway reveals to fashion enthusiasts where the real excitement is, even during the most revered catwalks.

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Assouline brings you a five-volume slipcase. Each volume is dedicated to one of the reigning design houses that we adore: Dior, Chanel, Jean-Paul Gaultier, Marc Jacobs and an entire book dedicated to a woman’s favorite—the little black dress.

Dior: Christian Dior envisioned a world of sophistication and elegance, a complete expression of the French tradition of high culture and meticulous workmanship. With his fashions, Dior created idealized feminine shapes, seeking harmony and coherence in the lines of his designs.

Chanel: Self-inventor extraordinaire, Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel revolutionized the lifestyle of her time by inventing a modern concept of luxury. She set her stamp on the 20th century, promoting a new feminine silhouette both sophisticated and discreet.

The Little Black Dress: An essential piece of clothing in a woman’s closet, the little black dress has maintained its popularity through all trends because it is always the “right” thing to wear. It is a timeless classic and all great designers have created their own variation. Photographs of these dresses are juxtaposed with archive photos of Romy Schneider, Catherine Deneuve, Jeanne Moreau, Sofia Loren, Edith Piaf, Paloma Picasso, Marilyn Monroe and Elizabeth Taylor – all in their black dress finest.

Jean-Paul Gaultier: Since he first exploded on the scene with his first collections in the late 1970s, l’enfant terrible of the French fashion world Jean Paul Gaultier has continued to astound with inventiveness, energy, and an ability to have fun.

Marc Jacobs: A chic volume devoted to the career of one of the brightest, most successful and imitated international designers. His is a story of passion, dogged determination, countless obstacles, and a firm belief in style as a major cultural barometer.

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Original photography and insightful text illuminate this book on the House of Dior, including 150 of its most beautiful haute couture dresses by Christian Dior, Yves Saint Laurent, Marc Bohan, Gianfranco Ferre and John Galliano. This definitive anthology captures the creativity of each era. Celebrity models from Suzy Parker to Kate Moss are immortalized by fashion photography legends from Irving Penn to Nick Knight.

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From Azzedine Alaïa to Yves Saint Laurent, ‘Fashion Designers A–Z’ celebrates a century of icons and the clothes that represent their philosophies and aesthetics. This hardcover book is filled with pages of stunning photographs of over 500 garments showcased in The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology’s permanent collection. Display it on your coffee table as a modern piece of art.

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This is the second and final volume of Vogue editor Grace Coddington‘s collective best work. The pages showcase photographs from the last 15 years and celebrates the legendary photographers the fashion icon has worked with. Featuring gorgeous color illustrations, as well as personal anecdotes, this massive book is a treasure to behold. This is one of our favorite fashion books so hurry up and add it to your list!

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