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This book pays tribute to the erstwhile British shopping emporium (dubbed “the most beautiful store in the world”) and charts Biba’s rise from a boutique mail-order service to the first lifestyle brand to bring affordable fashion to Swinging London. It’s 240 pages of go-go boots galore.
In the 1970s, the Anglo-French model Loulou de la Falaise was the embodiment of European style--and the famed muse of Yves Saint Laurent. This book tracks her renaissance life through interviews with close pals like Christian Louboutin and Paloma Picasso.
Authors Sheila Heti, Heidi Julavits and Leanne Shapton sent 600 women (including Lena Dunham, Cindy Sherman and Molly Ringwald) a series of questions about what role clothes play in their lives. The results formed this collection of stories in which fashion is a vessel for personal history, emotions and memories. Our favorite part: Miranda July’s photo series that shows total strangers trying on each other’s favorite outfits.
Guido is the first-name-only hair genius behind almost every major backstage gig and cover shoot. (He also coiffed the George Michael “Freedom!” video.) The book features 70 fantasy styles, including a gigantic tapered pompadour and these incredible basket weaves created for Alexander McQueen in 2011.
In this career-spanning memoir, the godmother of punk chronicles her early years as an elementary-school teacher and her eventual transition to one of fashion’s most rebellious designers. Sprinkled throughout are anecdotes from Westwood’s family and high-profile friends, including Pamela Anderson and Prince Charles.
This book is dedicated to the luxury brand’s most famous and often haunting advertising campaigns--with more than 200 images shot by major fashion photographers (hi, Annie Leibovitz). We especially love the pages of glamorous black-and-white ads from the 1950s.
Sure, there are some stellar fashions on the runways this time of year, but isn?t a look backstage always more entertaining?
From a first-time visual history of the most beautiful store in the world to a juicy memoir that quotes both Pamela Anderson and Prince Charles, these eight style books prove our theory that the real show happens behind the scenes.
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