Not sure about your giftee’s personal style — but you know that they appreciate the stylish? You can’t go wrong with a coffee table book highlighting the haute looks in jewelry and couture.
The House of Dior is marking 70 years in fashion and there’s one special book for your Dior lover that covers a lot of ground: “Dior: The House of Dior, Seventy Years of Haute Couture” (National Gallery of Victoria, $65).
The companion to an exhibition at the gallery in Melbourne, Australia, includes Christian Dior in his own words, including his passion for flowers carried over from his childhood.
The book starts at the beginning, in 1947, and includes an inside look at the atelier.
Eras are broken down by creative directors, including Yves Saint Laurent from 1957 to 1960 and John Galliano, from 1996 to 2011, straight on through to the first woman to head the house, today’s Maria Grazia Chiuri, named last year.
Speaking of anniversaries, Harper’s Bazaar is marking 150 years, and the book “Harper’s Bazaar 150 Years: The Greatest Moments” captures some of the stars in modeling, fashion design and photography who helped shape the magazine over the decades.
The book (Abrams, $65) offers some much-needed cultural context, such as editor Glenda Bailey’s letter that ran soon after the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.
What, she mused, are we to feel for fashion right now? Her answer is the notion that the “exuberance that is fashion has its own role to play — even in (especially in) the worst of times.”
There are first ladies, supermodels and a William Wegman dog wearing a Piaget diamond necklace and looking mighty haute couture....Read more