Fashion photography is a form of art that rules everything round us. It reflects an attitude, a lifestyle an a story comprised of the subject, location, styling, make-up, hair and photographer’s vision. And there’s nothing like sitting down in a comfy living room rifling through the glossy imagery of a good photobook. Dust off your coffee table and give it some well-earned love with some of the best fashion photography books.
Sumo by Helmut Newton
SUMO is a tribute to the twentieth century’s most influential, intriguing and controversial photographer. This titanic book features a wide selection of over 400 pictures, most of which are published for the first time, covering every aspect of Newton’s outstanding career in photography: from his stunning fashion photographs, which pointed the way for generations of photographers, to his nudes and celebrity portaits.
Love Looks Not with the Eyes by Anne Deniau
Lee Alexander McQueen, whose design combined visionary aesthetics, emotional power, and extraordinary craft, was known for staging provocative shows that were as much performances as venues to display his couture creations. Charged with energy, informed by history and culture, and filled with fresh concepts, McQueen’s shows have become legends not only of fashion but also of art. Anne Deniau was the only photographer allowed backstage by McQueen for 13 years, beginning in September 1997 and ending with the final show in March 2010.
Maison Martin Margiela by Martin Margiela
The faceless visionary himself, Martin Margiela, designed this artistic autobiography of sorts, which in true Margiela style, is bound in the brand’s signature blank canvas and embroidered numbered logo. Flipping through gives the joy of finding hidden pamphlets, with lashings of ribbon, textured paper and metallic ink, while the pages themselves feature images from shows, exhibitions and editorials lifted straight from his personal archives.
Future Days – 30 Years of Japanese Fashion by Akiko Fukai
Future Beauty is the first comprehensive survey of Japanese avant-garde fashion of the last 30 years. This spectacular book, written by a team of experts led by the eminent fashion historian Akiko Fukai, explores the distinct sensibility of Japanese design – the uniqueness of its form, cut and fabric. Illustrated with over 250 photographs and sketches, Future Beauty is an authoritative and stylish guide to some of the world’s most expressive fashion.
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Horst: Photographer of Style by Anna Wintour and Susanna Brown
As one of Vogue’s greatest contributors, Horst was the photographer of the who’s who in fashion. Beginning with a foreword by Wintour, the book is an in-depth look into Horst’s wide oeuvre, from his shots of Coco Chanel and Elsa Schiaparelli, to images of Old Hollywood, his editorial work and the home interiors of Karl Lagerfeld and Valentino. It’s hard not to be taken away with his beautifully staged and surreal chiaroscuro imagery.
Tim Walker: Story Teller
A stunning photography collection from world-renowned fashion photographer Tim Walker, Story Teller showcases his signature fantastic style with some of the biggest names in fashion and contemporary culture.
Lillian Bassman: Women by Deborah Solomon
Fifty years before the turn of the century, in a field dominated by men, Lillian Bassman brought a much needed humanism to women’s fashion photography. Unearthing over 140 of her illustrative black and white photographs for the first time, you can witness Bassman’s influential contribution in reinventing not only photography, but also the image of femininity.
Valentino – At The Emperor’s Tables
This book is a proof that Valentino not only can design beautiful clothes, but also has a penchant for spending time in the kitchen, as seen here with nearly 200 pages of his favourite recipes and photographs of his treasured collection of tableware.
Marella Agnelli: The Last Swan
With this book, we are able to dream of living the life led by Marella Agnelli, the Italian socialite and jet-setter of the mid-20th century. With 10 homes spread from Rome to Marrakech to New York, Agnelli’s extravagant world is an awe-inspiring glimpse into the lives of the mega-wealthy.
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