December fashion books

In order to help you with the inevitable problem of what to give to that fashionable friend with a references library that includes most fashion related books, we have selected four present worthy books that have been published in recent months. Perhaps a photography book about Cecil Beaton or Petra Collins for the visually curious? The House of Worth, 1858-1954: The Birth of Haute Couture is a must for fashion and consume historians. Alternatively, a book that highlights the work of Caroline Broached is sure to please anyone interested in textiles, jewellery and wearable objects. 


 

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Love, Cecil: A Journey with Cecil Beaton by Lisa Immordino Vreeland

In Love, Cecil, Lisa Immordino Vreeland offers an evocative por­trait of this talented whirlwind whose creative work captured many facets of the 20th century. Using photography, drawings, letters, and scrapbooks by Beaton and his contemporaries, along with excerpts from his sparkling diaries and other writ­ings, Immordino Vreeland brings his spirit to life in a way that no previous book has been able to do.

Immordino Vreeland organizes her book around the circles of Beaton’s daily life: the people who inspired and influenced him, his colorful friends, his fellow photographers, his Hollywood conquests, his wartime service, and his English roots. This cavalcade offers a shimmering vision of high style, but it also captures often-troubled souls struggling to create the open, tolerant, creative worlds of art and culture that we have inherited today.

published by Abrams


 

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The House of Worth, 1858-1954: The Birth of Haute Couture by Chantal Trubert-Tollu, Françoise Tétart-Vittu, Fabrice Olivieri & Jean-Marie Martin-Hattemberg

Arriving in Paris in 1845, at the age of twenty and with only a few francs in his pocket, Charles Frederick Worth would go on to build the most prominent, innovative and successful fashion house of the century. Worth was inspired by a love of fine art, luxurious fabrics and his vision of the female ideal. He was the first to set out to dictate new styles and silhouettes to his elite clientele – not the other way around – hosting them in his rue de la Paix salons, which included ground-breaking ‘sportswear’ and ‘maternity’ departments, as well as silk, velvet and brocade rooms, and a special salon with closed shutters and gas lighting designed to allow clients to try on ball gowns in lighting conditions precisely matched to those of the event.

Organized chronologically and illustrated with striking ensembles (including photographs of details that reveal the garments’ intricate construction and craftsmanship), paintings and documents sourced from both private family archives and the best fashion collections from museums around the world, The House of Worth is an inspiring tribute to the house that started it all.

Published by Thames & Hudson

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Petra Collins: Coming of Age by Petra Collins

The first monograph by photographer Petra Collins presents the world of a thoroughly modern creative. Since bursting into the zeitgeist, the precocious Petra Collins has captured the hearts of the art and fashion worlds alike. Collins champions an inclusive mode of representation that inspires young women to celebrate how they live now and their agency in creating their image. When Collins shoots—in series ranging from controversial self-portraits to emotionally charged and intensely colored works—she operates on the joys, excitement, tedium, and madness of growing up in today’s interconnected kingdom of images.

Revealing personal essays, Polaroids, and contributions by the women who inspire her unveil the unassuming grace at the center of campaigns for Gucci and Adidas, films for the Tate, and countless editorials as photographer and subject. Collins embodies the best qualities of the emerging creative community she fosters in curatorial projects like The Ardorous: generous, collaborative, and open.

Published by Rizzoli


 

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Caroline Broached by Liesbeth den Besten & Jorunn Veiteberg

Caroline Broadhead is a highly versatile artist who began designing jewellery in the late 1970s. Since then she has extended her practice from ‘wearable objects’ and textile works to dance collaborations and installations in historic buildings. This book presents a comprehensive overview of her work. Confronting the boundaries of the individual, the interface of inside and outside, public and private, territory and personal space, presence and absence, and substance and image, Broadhead explores the outer extents of the body as seen through light, shadows, reflections and movement.

Published by Arnoldsche Art Publishers


 

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