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Published on: 13 Dec 2011 by jackie_walsh
Okay, so Christmas and Hanukkah mean lots of things: family, food, parties, religion. But we all know they also mean PRESENTS!!! And everybody's hoping for the lates Ipod, a smart phone, or tablet. But, for the fashion-minded (which includes everyone on this site), books or DVDs about fashion and style can be a great gift (any parents or realtives reading this??:D).
So here are a few books that BG members would be happy to find under the tree. These are not the kind of books you just download to your Kindle or Nook. The pictures and colors have to be pages through and savored.
"Vogue: The Covers" by Dodie Kazanjian
I got interested in fashion when I started to my mom's copies of Vogue. Luscious colors, gorgeous models, beautiful clothes: they were all there! At 272 pages, this glossy compendium of 500 Vogue cover illustrations is more compact than your average September issue. Together, these superstars, supermodels, furs, felines and bright-red lips form a technicolor carousel of fashion history. Kazanjian’s vignette of each decade gives the covers clout and a cultural relevance that even non-subscribers will appreciate. It's expensive, but well worth it for fashionistas. For more info, see
"STYLE BOOK: Fashionable Inspirations" By Elizabeth Walker
If there were one book I'd want to find in my stocking this year, it's this one. Plus, it's really reasonably priced. There’s almost no text in this book, but it's stuffed with more than 400 beautiful photographs of men and women in all manner of garb representing fashion at its best, worst and just plain ridiculous. The photographs from different eras come from sources as diverse as ad campaigns, formal portraits, Hollywood studio shots and the runway. For more info see (and note the sale price):
"Couture in the 21st Century" Edited by Deborah Bee and Rankin
Rankin (it's cool to be known by one name, isn't it?) a photographer known for his celebrity portraits as well as the innovative “Dove for Beauty” campaign, supplies the visual backbone of this slender, stylishly designed volume that corrals 30 first-person essays from the world’s most prominent designers, offering insight into their conception of haute couture. Is the medium best for creating one-of-a-kind garments for the entitled few, or for a flamboyant marketing campaign to create a brand and sell something else entirely? The designers’ answers, biographical sketches and a slew of runway photographs and design sketches make finding out all the more pleasurable. This is more for the serious student of fashion. You know who you are!! See this link for more information:
Okay, so this isn't strictly speaking about fashion. But I think there is a similarity between a beautiful outfit and a beautifully decorated room. So for you BG'ers who love decorating, chek out this book. Chapters are arranged by room — entranceway, kitchen, bathroom, bedroom — with sumptuous shots of the firm’s commissions along with text describing design decisions. Best news: it's on sale at Amazon now. For more info, check out
Happy reading Fashionistas!!!!