18 Must-Have Fashion Coffee Table Books

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Become the connoisseur of coffee table styling with these beautiful fashion-themed books. 

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Ganni: Gimme More

Ganni: Gimme More

It all started with a cool Copenhagen couple: Ditte and Nicolaj Reffstrup. The husband-and-wife duo rocketed Ganni to international fame since its inception just only 10 years ago, and their debut monograph showcases how its network of creatives have made the brand what it is today. Flit through and you’ll see a photo essay on Copenhagen, a reflection on sustainability and the future of fashion by the founder, as well as many other delights. It’s also lovely to know that the individual carbon footprint of each book has been carbon compensated.

Rizzoli, £40, rizzoli.com

Image credit: GANNI: Gimme More by Ganni © Rizzoli New York, 2021

Captivate! Fashion Photography from the 90s

Captivate! Fashion Photography from the 90s

For those with a penchant for all things 90s nostalgia, meet your new authoritative read of the decade. It was the era of the meteoric rise of the supermodel, and who better to guide you through the decade other than the icon herself, Claudia Schiffer. As editor of the book, Schiffer takes readers through with over 130 colour photographs, revealing unseen private archives published for the very first time. Bringing together titan photographers like Ellen Von Unwerth, to the supermodels of Naomi Campbell, Kate Moss, and Cindy Crawford, the book will coincide with an exhibition in Dusseldorf, where Schiffer was first scouted.

Prestel, £20, publishes 19 October 

Fashion Books

Glossy: The inside story of Vogue

Nina-Sophia Miralles’ Glossy takes readers on an in-depth voyage through the history and workings of Vogue, from the brand’s establishment to the people who made it such a success. Branded “the definitive story of Vogue”, the insightful retrospective details the 129-year-old publication’s triumphs and tribulations, from its humble New York beginnings to its international influence today.

Quercus Publishing, £17.99, waterstones.com

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Andrew Grima: The Father of Modern Jewellery

Renowned as the ‘King of Bling’ and ‘father of modern jewellery’, award-winning designer Andrew Grima is celebrated in this new detailed retrospective of his life and career as one of the most influential figures in the world of contemporary jewellery design.

ACC Art Books, £46.65,  amazon.co.uk

YVES SAINT LAURENT: The Impossible Collection

YVES SAINT LAURENT: The Impossible Collection

A visually stunning book celebrating one of the world’s most prominent fashion designers, YVES SAINT LAURENT: The Impossible Collection delves deep into the Saint Laurent archives, detailing the trailblazing designer’s 100 most iconic looks, from his 1960s debut to the quintessential Mondrian shift dress.

Assouline, €820, assouline.com

Dior Joaillerie

The A to Z of Victoire de Castellane by Dior Joaillerie

Brand new from the iconic luxury brand, Dior Joaillerie explores the works of French jewellery designer and Dior creative director Victoire de Castellane. Filled with exquisite jewels and playful creations, this aesthetic retrospective is every jewellery lover’s dream.

Rizzoli, £160, dior.com

The Rihanna Book

The Rihanna Book

If you’re a fan of Rihanna, this visual autobiography is a must-have. Over 1,000 images provide a glimpse into the personal world of the Bajan mega-star, from her time spent growing up in Barbados, to a behind the scenes look at her global tours. The 504-page picture book also looks back on some of the Fenty designer’s most iconic fashion moments and accomplishments.

Phaidon, £120, therihannabook.com

Dior by Christian Dior

Dior by Christian Dior

A stunning collection of Dior’s most quintessential designs, this special volume – the first in a celebratory series commemorating each designer at the helm of the iconic house – features 500 pages of captivating commentary and fashion photography, plus 400 insightful illustrations.

Dior by Christian Dior, Assouline, £150, luxdeco.com

Shaun Leane Special Collector's Edition

Shaun Leane

This beautiful deluxe edition of Shaun Leane – dedicated to the British jewellery designer and celebrating the 21st anniversary of his award-winning jewellery brand – features an array of archival imagery, as well as commentary from Joanna Hardy, jewellery writer Vivienne Becker and senior curator of fashion at the V&A, Claire Wilcox. A must-have for any bijouterie aficionado.

Shaun Leane, ACC Art Books, £399, shaunleane.com

Chaumet Tiaras

CHAUMET Tiaras: Divine Jewels

An ode to one of the most celebrated jewellery houses in Europe, this beautiful book – the first of its kind – explores the artistry behind those Chaumet tiaras which have crowned the likes of heiresses and royalty for 240 years.

Thames & Hudson, £59.58, bookdepository.com

Fashion In LA

A cool and contemporary coffee table book guaranteed to brighten any landing, lounge or living area, Fashion in LA details the fascinating buzz surrounding Los Angeles’ eclectic fashion scene.

Phaidon, £39, phaidon.com

Yves Saint Laurent Catwalk

Yves Saint Laurent Catwalk

Fashion historians and fans of the prodigious designer will love this hot-pink tome, cataloguing the entirety of Yves Saint Laurent’s iconic haute couture collections. Featuring everything from the Mondrian dresses to the Ballet Russes Collection and Le Smoking, a landmark show which forever altered women’s eveningwear, the book conveys the spectacle of the shows and sheds light on the rich cultural history behind the clothes.

Thames & Hudson, £55, thamesandhudson.com

Stories From The Influencer Next Door

LIKEtoKNOW.it: Stories From The Influencer Next Door

From the brand that revolutionised social media-influenced shopping, this beautiful book from the editors of LIKEtoKNOW.it showcases aesthetic images of over 100 global influencers – think Molly Sims, Louise Roe and Nastia Liukin – detailing each of their journeys to fashion and Instagram stardom.

LIKEtoKNOW.it, £14.16, amazon.co.uk

The Little Black Jacket

The Little Black Jacket

This beautifully-shot volume is a tribute to one of fashion’s most enduring staples: Chanel’s little black jacket. Styled by ex-Vogue Paris editor Carine Roitfeld, a host of familiar faces from the worlds of art, music and fashion – including Tilda Swinton, Yoko Ono and Kanye West, to name a few – are photographed by Karl Lagerfeld wearing the timeless garment in every way imaginable.

Steidl, £400, amazon.co.uk


Christian Dior

Following the spectacular Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams exhibition, the V&A’s most prodigious and visited fashion showcase to date, it was only apt that a beautiful book be made in honour of the extraordinary exhibition highlights. From breath-taking gowns, to authentic design sketches and phenomenal fashion photography, this enchanting volume celebrating the House of Dior’s history is the ideal keep-sake for any haute-couture enthusiast.

Christian Dior, V&A, £40, vam.ac.uk

Marc Jacobs Illustrated

Marc Jacobs Illustrated

A beautifully inspiring and creative book exploring the marvellous world of Marc Jacobs, Marc Jacobs Illustrated contains over 50 works designed by the American fashion icon, all artistically illustrated by former model and US Vogue former creative director, Grace Coddington.

Phaidon, £23.97, uk.phaidon.com

The Impossible Collection of Fashion

The Impossible Collection of Fashion

Renowned fashion historian Valerie Steele reveals her pick of the 100 most awe-inspiring dresses which made an impact or revolutionised the world of fashion, from an iconic 80s evening gown by Issey Miyake, to trailblazing designs from the likes of Valentino, Pucci and Dior.

Assouline, £650, harveynichols.com

Mary Quant Exhibition Book

Mary Quant

Another stunning exhibition-inspired book from the V&A, Mary Quant explores the fashion icon’s trailblazing career and prominence in the 1960s – namely, the mini skirt – showcasing never-before-seen fashion photography and captivating designs.

V&A, £30, vam.ac.uk

Kaiser Karl

Kaiser Karl: The Life of Karl Lagerfeld

In 2019, the fashion world lost one of its visionaries. In this bestselling intimate biography, recently translated into English, French investigative journalist Raphaelle Bacque interviews several of Karl Lagerfeld’s confidants, colleagues and employers to find out more about the man behind the iconic black sunglasses.

ACC Art Books, £18; accartbooks.com

Louis Vuitton Catwalk

Louis Vuitton Catwalk: The Complete Fashion Collections

A must-have for any Vuitton devotee, this sleek and stylish publication chronicles the French fashion house’s history, featuring biographical profiles of both creative directors past (Marc Jacobs) and present (Nicolas Ghesquière), as well as a catwalk compilation of the brand’s iconic collections worn by the likes of Naomi Campbell and Kate Moss.

Thames & Hudson Ltd, £55, waterstones.com

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