If the words iconic or dramatic appeal to you, look no further. Laid out with great care and painstaking detail by expert editors Hamish Bowles, Chloe Malle, and Thomas P. Campbell, Vogue and The Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute: Parties, Exhibitions, People (Abrams, $50) brings the awesomely glamorous world of couture fashion and high art to our living rooms. Chronicling the Institute’s celebrations from 2001 to 2013, the book lays out the history behind exhibitions ranging from Punk to Jackie O. Lively and thorough, the commentary nicely accessorizes the beautiful photography, which runs to full-page, glossy shots of the rich and famous, the beautiful and the bold, always keeping the focus on the design and craftsmanship of the artists behind some of the world’s most beautiful clothes and soirées.
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By Hamish Bowles, Chloe Malle (Editor), Anna Wintour (Introduction by), Thomas P. Campbell (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9781419714245
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Published: Harry N. Abrams - September 23rd, 2014

Much has been written by modern female thinkers about our relationships to our bodies, but they’ve said comparatively little about our relationships to the clothes we put our bodies in. Sheila Heti, Heidi Julavits, Leanne Shapton, and the 636 other contributors to Women in Clothes (Blue Rider Press, $30) are on a mission to change that, and the result is the coolest, most revelatory, and most effervescent book of the season. This utterly unique collection of essays includes contributions by thinkers and fashion intellectuals such as Kim Gordon, Miranda July, and, yes, Lena Dunham. There’s nothing stuffy and nothing superficial here; instead there’s something groundbreaking: genuinely intelligent dialogue about fashion. The eclectic pieces read as what they are: curated, contemplative conversations between women about the ways that clothes shape our identities. My personal favorites were the photos documenting the everyday collections (striped shirts, tote bags, safety pins, lip balms) that somehow, without our even noticing it, make us the people we are. The color illustrations, photographs, and charts that explode from the pages are vivid and elegant, and make Women in Clothes a gift to be savored. Not to be missed.
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$30.00
ISBN: 9780399166563
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Published: Riverhead Books - September 4th, 2014

Whether it was a matter of being in the right place at the right time, or being the person we would have had to invent had she not existed, Coco Chanel defined an era, one that would be impossible to imagine without her. Poised at the dawn of a new way of life, Chanel changed not just fashion but the very fabric of women’s lives during the tumultuous early years of the 20th century. But at what price? Mademoiselle: Coco Chanel and the Pulse of History (Random House, $35) is the first book to fully examine Chanel’s relationship with the world around her. While other worthy biographies have explored her personal life or the darker side of her industry in the 1940s, Rhonda K. Garelick, also the author of Rising Star and Electric Salome, gives real historical weight to the life of a woman who experienced more triumph and tragedy than one life should hold. Meticulously researched and written with genuinely infectious curiosity, Mademoiselle is an excellent read for a wide audience; fashion lovers and historians unite!

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$35.00
ISBN: 9781400069521
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Published: Random House - September 30th, 2014

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ISBN: 9780812981858
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - July 14th, 2015

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