Part entertainment and part décor, coffee table books are one of those little things that make a big difference to any living room. We’ve rounded up a few of the best books for fashion lovers so your table can be as stylish as the room it’s in – and your guests will always be fashionably entertained.
1. 100 Years of Fashion – Cally Blackman
If you’re looking for a book that’s both informative and aesthetically pleasing, this is it. A history of the last century, discussing everything from materials to style icons, is accompanied by beautiful photos and illustrations. It also has one of the prettiest covers ever.
2. Alexander McQueen: Genius of a Generation – Kristin Knox
A book that needs virtually no introduction, Alexander McQueen is a collector’s dream. It Contains 125 of the iconic designer’s catwalk show photographs with commentary by fashion blogger and journalist Kristin Knox – a must-have for any fashion lover.
3. Vintage Fashion & Couture: From Poiret to McQueen – Kerry Taylor
Kerry Taylor’s knowledge of vintage fashion is so impressive it will leave even the biggest vintage-phobe in awe. This book will leave an impression on beginners and experienced vintage collectors alike, and features some beautiful imagery from the past century.
4. Vogue Covers: On Fashion’s Front Page – Robin Muir (ed.) and Robin Derrick (ed.)
Over little collection old Vogue covers makes this the perfect book for a quick flick. Around half of the 200 odd covers are from the days of illustration and the photographs that sit beside them are equally fascinating. A true reminder of why always has been the Bible of the fashion world.
5. The Fashion Book – Phaidon
A comprehensive guide to anybody who’s somebody in the fashion industry. From designers and models to stylists and icons, this one is worth buying in the hardback edition.