You’re often told that you should never judge a book by its cover, but what you’re not told is that the exception to this case is when it comes to coffee table books. Beyond merely serving as a point of reference for a fashion’s most luminous names, they become sophisticated additions to every home. These books aren’t just a collection of images and words, but a reminder of the limitless creativity and talent that has risen through the fashion world.
In helping you find the coffee table books that are both stylish and with substance, here are some of our favourite additions.
01 | VLOGO Signature Book by Valentino
To celebrate the house’s iconic VLOGO, Valentino has released an artbook that sees 16 different international publications put their spin on the logo. Portrayed through visual associations, artists were given complete creative freedom to fill the book with arresting, inspiration images that remind us why we love the VLOGO.
To purchase, please inquire with Valentino boutiques.
02 | Images by Jacquemus
The buzzy contemporary French designer brought you plenty of leggy beaded dresses and skimpy bralette tops last summer. This year, he’s put out a coffee table book, simply titled Images. Featuring a collection of pictures snapped by the designer Simone Porte Jacquemus, it’s a transporting read that clues you into the things that inspires Jacquemus in his designs. The first print run of the book sold out within days, so pre-order your copy quickly before it runs out again.
To pre-order, please visit jacquemus.com.
03 | Dior Catwalk: The Complete Collections by Alexander Fury
If you follow fashion collector Alexander Fury, then you’ll know that the man is a trove of fashion history and knowledge. He’s able to pick out references from designers, recall collections from decades prior and talk at length about the importance of a certain designer. So when he’s created a coffee table book with all of Dior’s runway images from creative directors past and present, you know it’s going to be an interesting read.
To purchase, please visit dior.com.
04 | RIMOWA: An Archive, Since 1898 by Rizzoli
Celebrating their history and innovation in the world of trunk-making, Rimowa’s first-ever tome is a retrospective that charts the brand’s humble beginnings in Cologne in 1898 to the monolith that it is today. With selected iconic pieces from the brands archives being published alongside previously unreleased imagery, this is a must-have for every Rimowa fan out there.
To purchase, please inquire with Rimowa boutiques.
05 | The New Black Vanguard: Photography Between Art and Fashion by Antwaun Sargent
Assembling a stellar cast of models, designers and creatives, curator Antwaun Sargent seeks to celebrate the beauty and strength presented by this line-up of Black talents. What sets this apart from most other tomes of the same topic is that Sargent isn’t interested in looking back at the history. Instead, together with the creatives featured, he is proposing a modern vision for tomorrow on what it means to be a person of colour and creativity.
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