If there is one thing we can’t live without at Christmas it’s a glamourous coffee table book to get stuck into, as noted in Natalie’s Christmas Wish List. Being a Fashion Historian and a Fine Artist we are totally in our happy place when doing so and we have each selected three titles each from the latest releases that we are certain will provide you with inspiration for your Christmas gifting.
For Fashion Lovers:
Military Style Invades Fashion Timothy Godbold, Phaidon £24.95
This beautiful and visually striking book discusses the influence Military style has had on popular fashion using abundant catwalk and street style imagery. Written by former senior fashion designer for Ralph Lauren, who regularly reference military style, Godbold beautifully highlights the ways in which clothing is adapted to change war time apparel into fashionable statements outside the battlefield. A total treat!
Peacock & Vine: Fortuny and Morris in Life and at Work. A.S.Byatt Penguin books £14.99
A wonderfully concise and well written book which discusses the ways in which Spanish fashion designer Mariono Fortuny and British artist and designer William Morris work found parallels and differences, both as masters of their art and visionaries within their fields. Do not let the small size of this book fool you, this is a wonderful lesson in fashion and art history in just 192 pages.
Oh So Pretty: Punk in Print 1976-1980 Toby Mott, Phaidon £19.95
While not technically a fashion title, Oh So Pretty, is of course of great interest to the fashion lover as punk was, and still is, one of the most influential subcultural groups in the history of fashion that continues to influence what we wear 40 years on. In addition, as much of the ‘original’ punk clothing is no longer around due to its deconstructed nature this book, packed full of images and newspaper clippings provides an insightful reference point to styles worn by the punks, and the cultural messages they communicated.
For Art Junkies:
Terence Donovan Portraits Damiani Books £35
The late, Terence Donovan, the London born English photographer, work has apperared with the pages of Elle, Vogue, Harpers Bazaar and Marie Claire to name a few and is credited alongside David Bailey and Brian Duffy as a prolific photographer and influencer during the Swinging Sixties. This stunning photographic archive, which includes unseen footage, contact sheets and diary notes, gives a never before seen insight into not only his work, but also the man behind the camera.
Mariano Vivanco ‘Portraits Nudes Flowers’ Damiani Books £35
This book on first glance reads as a who’s who in the world of Fashion and Hollywood, as Vivanco’s work features often within the glossy pages of the worlds top fashion magazines. But it also an exploration of the ways in which he works, his interest in light and shade for example are explored as is his choice of Black & White photography. It also contains a never before seen body of work based around flowers, a subject that has fascinated him since his days as a student and continues to, of course with his own unique take on this particular subject matter.
The Story of Art E H Gombrich Phaidon £49.95
This is pretty much the holy grail in terms of what we love about Art coffee table books, with its luxurious box, delicious imagery and encyclopedic information. Gombrich take us on a journey though time and around the world to bring us the Story of Art, a global bestseller for over 60 years! Essential reading for anyone with even the smallest interest in art.