Zofia Zwieglinska browses through the newest and best fashion coffee-table books.
Grace Coddington is known as being the behind-the-scenes face for Vogue, creating wonderfully styled scenes that transport you into her imagination. Her journey from British Vogue as a model to styling for the magazine and assisting Anna Wintour is something that many aspire to in their fashion careers, and there is no one more knowledgeable or experienced in fashion styling and set creation. Her experiences in the fashion world in ‘Grace Coddington: The American Years’ are both despairingly funny and detailed, showing the inner workings of Vogue. This is her second book that only just come out this year and brings to light her time working for American Vogue.
Nina Garcia has worked at Marc Jacobs, Elle and Marie Claire and was a previous judge on Project Runway, making her a great style role model and ideal candidate for the authorship of ‘The Little Black Book of Style’. The book aims to help the reader find their inner fashion virtuoso, finding perfect pieces that compliment the person’s personality and style. Showing how to pair colours and textures, it stays relevant no matter the season. Chasing the concept that “style is eternal”, Nina aims to help people learn about fashion styling, find inspiration and reinvent their sartorial sense. This little tome is a worthwhile addition to the fashionista’s shelf.
Alicia’s extensive documentation of the lives and careers of Karl Lagerfeld and Yves Saint Laurent take a personal approach to the fashion world and its cold glossed veneer. As an experienced journalist she both describes and critiques the fashion world, truly presenting a different view of the world of clothing and couture. As Lagerfeld is still headlining the collection at Chanel it is like delving into an early history goldmine, complete with anecdotes and the evolution of key pieces brought forward by these famous designers. ‘The Beautiful Fall’ aims to bring the to light the dips and turns of the career tracks of the two most revered designers in the world.
Alexander McQueen’s ‘Savage Beauty’ exhibition was the most popular fashion exhibition of all time, with 650,000 people visiting it in New York in 2011 when it was held. This led to added days and midnight queues for the New York’s exhibition and an equally successful repeat of the exhibition in London at the V&A. The exhibition is faithfully documented by Harold Koda in the (very big) ‘Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty’ book. The perfect present or coffee table book, it covers the most famous pieces and narratives from the designer’s previous collections and an extensive look into the design process, and an interview with the current Creative Director of Alexander McQueen, Sarah Burton.