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Fashion books never go out of fashion and everyone agrees: when it comes to fashion books, everyone answers without any doubt about the question: “paper or web?”. What are the reasons why, in this case, the first one wins?

Their pages tell extraordinary stories, deepen lives full of passion, discover secrets, enter the armored historical archives of great Maison, where the soul is kept. And you get excited through images taken by the greatest photographers. They are read, leafed through, lost in their perfume, in their prints and preserved forever.

My top five fashion books

The first one I recommend you to read is Dior Catwalks: The complete collection! This book was written by Alexander Fury. He is chief fashion correspondent at T: The New York Times Style Magazine and was formerly Men’s Critic for vogue.com. The book Dior Catwalk offers an unprecedented panorama of Dior’s creations from the New Look fashion show – on February 12, 1947 – which revolutionized the world of fashion until today.

Dior Catwalk: The complete collections
Dior Catwalk: The complete collections

The second book is In Vogue: An Illustrated History of the World’s Most Famous Fashion Magazine written by Alberto Oliva and Norberto Angeletti! They have been working in journalism for 35 years. They have both been keynote speakers at the Magazine Publishers Association of America (MPA) and at other international journalism forums!

This volume tells the story of “Vogue” from its origins in 1909 to the present day. The result is an exciting history of modern fashion photography and the new visual approaches that marked the twentieth century, as interpreted by the subsequent editorial directors and art directors of “Vogue“, from Alexander Liberman to Diana Vreeland, Grace Mirabella and Anna Wintour.

Alexander McQueen is the third book I highly recommended to you! This one is the masterpiece of all his collections! This definitive publication on Alexander McQueen (1969 – 2010) invites you into the creative mind and world of one of Britain’s most brilliant, daring and provocative designers, and the many themes and references that shaped his visionary fashion collections. Written by Claire Wilcox, this book has plenty of good photography of McQueen cloth with an awesome resolution! I think that Its fascinating poetics is an amazing generator that stimulates endless research. Each parade is a landing place from which to set sail towards new imaginary adventures.

Alexander McQueen

Coco Chanel: The legend and the life written by Justine Picardie: this is the book that every fashion addicted must-read, is full of photography and describe very well the steps of Chanel’s life!

Justine Picardie brings the mysterious Gabrielle Chanel out of hiding, to celebrate her great achievements. She examines Chanel’s enduring afterlife, as well as her remarkable life, uncovering the consequences of what she covered up, unpicking the seams between truth and legend, yet keeping intact the real fabric of her past.

Coco Chanel

And now I’d like to recommend to you my favorite coffee table book…this is Vanity Fair 100 Years: From the Jazz Age to Our Age. I read a lot of coffee table books but this one is the first one that captured my attention like a novel! Written by Graydon Carter this book provides a rich cultural history not only of the magazine itself but of the people, places and times, from its inception to the present.

Vanity fair 100 years from jazz age to our age
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