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26 Essential Fashion Coffee Table Books

Stylish additions to any library.

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As the weather begins warming up, it’s prime time to get a head start on your summer reading 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.

Art publisher TASCHEN is behind several landmark compendiums including Peter Lindbergh. Azzedine Alaïa, a celebration of the late photographer and designer’s artistic partnership, and Virgil Abloh. Nike. ICONS, showcasing the Off-White™ founder’s most most iconic Nike sneaker collaborations.

Earlier this month, Dior unveiled Her Dior, Maria Grazia Chiuri‘s New Voice, a volume spotlighting female photographers who have collaborated with Chiuri since 2016, the year she was appointed creative director of the storied house. 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.

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’
$20USD
Book DepositoryBook Depository 

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’
$59.95 USD
Barnes & NobleBarnes & Noble 

Gucci: The Making Of

Peter Arnell; Frida Giannini; Katie Grand
‘Gucci: The Making Of’
$63.99 USD
WalmartWalmart 

Her Dior: Maria Grazia Chiuri’s New Voice

Maria Grazia Chiuri
‘Her Dior: Maria Grazia Chiuri’s New Voice’
$95 USD
DiorDior 

Kate: The Kate Moss Book

Fabien Baron; Jefferson Hack; Kate Moss
‘Kate: The Kate Moss Book’
$63.73 USD
WalmartWalmart 

Peter Lindbergh. Azzedine Alaïa

TASCHEN
‘Peter Lindbergh. Azzedine Alaïa’
$80 USD
TASCHENTASCHEN 

Prada: The Complete Collections

Susannah Frankel
‘Prada: The Complete Collections’
$55.73 USD
WalmartWalmart 

Sneakers

Rodrigo Corral; Alex French; Howie Kahn
‘Sneakers’
$25.95 USD
Penguin Random HousePenguin Random House 

Sneakers: Complete Limited Edition Guide

U-Dox
‘Sneakers: The Complete Limited Editions Guide’
$29.95 USD
Barnes & NobleBarnes & Noble 

Stan Smith: Some People Think I’m A Shoe

Stan Smith; Richard Evans; Pharrell Williams
‘Stan Smith: Some People Think I’m A Shoe’
$65 USD
RizzoliRizzoli 

Stazione Termini, Lookbook 2009-2021

Niccolò Berretta
‘Stazione Termini, Lookbook 2009-2021’
Approx. $41 USD
DRAGODRAGO 

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’
$28.49 USD
WalmartWalmart 

United Arrows

United Arrows
‘United Arrows’
$60 USD
RizzoliRizzoli 

Virgil Abloh. Nike. ICONS

Virgil Abloh
‘Virgil Abloh. Nike. ICONS’
$70 USD
TASCHENTASCHEN 

Yves Saint Laurent: The Scandal Collection, 1971

Olivier Saillard; Dominique Veillon
‘Yves Saint Laurent: The Scandal Collection, 1971’
$35 USD
Powell’sPowell’s 

Watches: A Guide by Hodinkee

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