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21 Essential Fashion Coffee Table Books

Stylish additions to any library.

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As scientists predict a second wave of coronavirus brought on by falling temperatures, at least some of your winter quarantine will likely be spent tackling a book list. Lucky for readers who are also fashion lovers, coffee table books are a format ideally suited to compiling fashion photography or delving into the history of a particular designer.

Luxury lifestyle publisher Assouline is behind several landmark compendiums including Alaïa: Livre de Collection, a 240-page anthology of late designer Azzedine Alaïa‘s work, and The Impossible Collection of Fashion, compiling the most iconic dresses of the 20th century.

If you’re looking to read up on the history of fashion, 50 Shoes That Changed the World explores the impact of iconic styles from the classic Frye boot to the Converse Chuck Taylor All-Star. Similarly informative, Fashion Designers A-Z celebrates the most influential designers of the past century, while Watches: A Guide by Hodinkee is a comprehensive volume on various watch styles and historical models throughout time.

Keep reading for essential fashion coffee table books that every sartorial enthusiast should own.

50 Shoes That Changed the World

Design Museum
‘50 Shoes That Changed the World’
$24 USD
YOOXYOOX 

Alaïa: Livre de Collection

Prosper Assouline
‘Alaïa: Livre de Collection’
$50 USD
AssoulineAssouline 

Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty

Andrew Bolton
‘Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty’
$39.67 USD
WalmartWalmart 

Chanel: The Impossible Collection

Alexander Fury
‘Chanel: The Impossible Collection’
$895 USD
AssoulineAssouline 

Dior: Christian Dior 1947-1957

Olivier Saillard
‘Dior: Christian Dior 1947-1957’
$195 USD
AssoulineAssouline 

Dior Hats: From Christian Dior to Stephen Jones

Stephen Jones
‘Dior Hats: From Christian Dior to Stephen Jones’
$55 USD
Barnes and NobleBarnes and Noble 

Dressing for the Dark: From the Silver Screen to the Red Carpet

Kate Young
‘Dressing for the Dark: From the Silver Screen to the Red Carpet’
$50 USD
AssoulineAssouline 

Fashion Designers A-Z

Valerie Steele; Suzy Menkes; Robert Nippoldt
‘Fashion Designers A-Z’
$504 USD
YOOXYOOX 

Grace: Thirty Years of Fashion at Vogue

Grace Coddington
‘Grace: Thirty Years of Fashion at Vogue’
$136.67 USD
WalmartWalmart 

Gucci: The Making Of

Peter Arnell; Frida Giannini; Katie Grand
‘Gucci: The Making Of’
$85.48 USD
WalmartWalmart 

Kate: The Kate Moss Book

Fabien Baron; Jefferson Hack; Kate Moss
‘Kate: The Kate Moss Book’
$61.78 USD
WalmartWalmart 

Prada: The Complete Collections

Susannah Frankel
‘Prada: The Complete Collections’
$54.34 USD
WalmartWalmart 

Sneakers

Rodrigo Corral; Alex French; Howie Kahn
‘Sneakers’
$22.44 USD
WalmartWalmart 

Sneakers: Complete Limited Edition Guide

U-Dox
‘Sneakers: The Complete Limited Editions Guide’
$25.82 USD
WalmartWalmart 

Stan Smith: Some People Think I’m A Shoe

Stan Smith; Richard Evans; Pharrell Williams
‘Stan Smith: Some People Think I’m A Shoe’
$77 USD
YOOXYOOX 

Supreme Models: Iconic Black Women Who Revolutionized Fashion

Marcellas Reynolds
‘Supreme Models: Iconic Black Women Who Revolutionized Fashion’
$50 USD
ABRAMSABRAMS 

The Impossible Collection of Fashion

Valerie Steele
‘The Impossible Collection of Fashion’
$895 USD
AssoulineAssouline 

The Sports Shoe: A History from Field to Fashion

Thomas Turner
‘The Sports Shoe: A History from Field to Fashion’
$62 USD
YOOXYOOX 

This Is Not Fashion: Streetwear Past, Present and Future

King Adz; Wilma Stone
‘This Is Not Fashion: Streetwear Past, Present and Future’
$28.34 USD
WalmartWalmart 

Yves Saint Laurent: The Scandal Collection, 1971

Olivier Saillard; Dominique Veillon
‘Yves Saint Laurent: The Scandal Collection, 1971’
$40 USD
YOOXYOOX 

Watches: A Guide by Hodinkee

Ben Clymer
‘Watches: A Guide by Hodinkee’
$95 USD
AssoulineAssouline 
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