There is nothing better than having an impressive book collection in your home. Whether you prefer to fill your shelves with the classics, romance or more informative publications, the contents of our book shelves reflect our personalities in a way like no other. There is, however, one exception; the coffee table. Here, we show off. We display the most beautiful, visually exciting books we can imagine; the size of which is a conversation starter alone. Here are a few of the best fashion books that should be displayed with pride. Savage Beauty, Harold Koda: A beautiful folio of imagery from the late Alexander McQueen. Chronicling his iconic designs up until his final show, this book includes inspiring quotes from McQueen, an essay by Sarah Burton, and traditional McQueen touches; from the still yet moving image on the cover, to the detail of its sleeve.
The Sartorialist, Scott Schuman From the worlds most famous street style photographer comes The Sartorialist, a collection of Scott Schuman’s favourite street photography. Capturing anyone who looks good in fashion, from style savvy season followers to those with a unique sense of style, Schuman’s book is the epitome of style.
Mulberry: The Book, Venetia Dearden Famed for their whimsical, fairy tale style photography, Mulberry brings us The Book, an exclusive look inside the brand. From behind the scenes imagery to glossy adverts from the last three years, this book was launched in celebration of the brands 40th anniversary. And what a way to do it.
Christian Lacroix and The Tale of Sleeping Beauty, Camilla Morton Just when we thought fashion couldn’t get more magical, came the launch of Sleeping Beauty, as illustrated by Christian Lacroix. For any fan of fashion, fairy tales and romance, this traditional story with a twist should be part of everyone’s fashion book collection.
Isabella Blow: Fashion Galore!, Alistair O’Neill She discovered Alexander McQueen, Hussein Chalayan and Sophie Dahl, and had a wardrobe to be envious of. Isabella Blow: Fashion Galore! accompanies the autumn 2013 exhibition at Somerset House. With over 100 photographs of her wardrobe, all shot by Nick Knight, this book captures the life of a style icon.
Tim Walker: Story Teller Launched to accompany his Story Teller exhibition at Somerset House, this anthology of images taken from the last seven years of Walkers career reflects some of his most daring daydreams in their editorial format. From photographic muses such as Agyness Deyn, Helena Bonham Carter and Alexander McQueen, this book is a vital part of fashion history.
Contributor: Sarah Stothard