Coffee table books have become an interiors staple offering an insight into the owner’s interests. While some women choose the best feminist coffee table books to style their home, others choose the best fashion books to adorn their living room. Whether you want to add a fashion coffee table book to your collection or start afresh in your home with a female spin, we’ve rounded up the best fashion coffee table books for 2023.
Best Fashion Coffee Table Books 2023
Louis Vuitton Catwalk
Founded as a luxury leather goods house in 1854, Louis Vuitton was for many decades one of the world’s leading trunk and accessories makers. It was after launching its first fashion collections in 1998, however, that the house reached unprecedented global fame, and pioneered high-profile collaborations with artists such as Richard Prince, Takashi Murakami and Stephen Sprouse.
Louis Vuitton Catwalk is a complete and unrivalled overview of the world’s top fashion house. The book opens with a concise history of the house, followed by brief biographical profiles of Marc Jacobs, the first creative director 1998–2014, and Nicolas Ghesquière, who helms the brand today, before exploring the collections themselves, organised chronologically
Chanel Collections and Creations
Chanel’s combination of tradition, originality and style has always made it the most seductive of brands. Here the House of Chanel opens its private archives, revealing a galaxy of brilliant designs created by Coco Chanel from the 1920s onwards, and now reinterpreted to become the motifs for brand new garments, accessories and beauty products.
Inspired by the House’s signature fragrance, the legendary ‘Chanel No 5’, the book explores five central themes – the suit, the camellia, jewellery, fragrances and make-up, and the little black dress – and follows the threads from past to present to show how these key items have been rediscovered and reinvented by fashion designers working in the footsteps of their illustrious predecessors.
Peter Lindbergh: A Different Vision on Fashion Photography
This edition gathers more than 300 images from forty years of Lindbergh’s career. It traces the German photographer’s cinematic inflections and humanist approach, which produced images at once seductive and introspective.
In 1980 Rei Kawakubo asked Lindbergh to shoot a Commes des Garçons campaign, one of his earlier forays into commercial photography. Kawakubo gave him carte blanche. The following years brought forth collaborations with the most venerated names in fashion and resulted in a relationship of mutual reverence; Lindbergh’s respect for some of the greatest designers of our time is palpable in his portraits. Among those photographed are Azzedine Alaïa, Giorgio Armani, Alber Elbaz, John Galliano, Jean Paul Gaultier, Karl Lagerfeld, Thierry Mugler, Yves Saint Laurent, Jil Sander, and Yohji Yamamoto.
Little Book of Hermes: The Story of the Iconic Fashion House
Little Book of Hermès tells the story of the evolution of the House of Hermès, through beautiful illustrations of the most coveted items accompanied by authoritative text.
Through the generations, Hermès have created innovative and exquisite accessories for the most glamorous customers. From their nineteenth-century saddlery workshop to 1960s Paris and beyond, Hermès has graced the arms and wardrobes of style icons from Grace Kelly and Jane Birkin to Victoria Beckham and Kim Kardashian. Little Book of Hermès tells the story of the evolution of the House of Hermès, through beautiful illustrations of the most coveted items and authoritative text by fashion historian Karen Homer.
Little Book of Valentino: The Story of the Iconic Fashion House
Since the founding of the House of Valentino in 1950s Rome, Garavani has been celebrated for the desirability of his designs. His stunning gowns in his signature Valentino Red have been sought after by the jet set for over half a century, and still signify the very epitome of red carpet glamour.
Little Book of Valentino tells the story of this most elegant of brands. Beginning with Garavani’s initiation into the world of haute couture in 1950s Paris, progressing through the glittering social scene of 1970s New York and Valentino’s domination of Hollywood from the 1980s to the present day, images of every dazzling era are beautifully reproduced alongside text exploring the significance of each stunning piece.