7 must-have fashion coffee table books

Gerard Ortiz

Orin Carlin

There is nothing that compares to a book when it comes to acting as a portal of escapism. In fact, there are few better ways of spending your time than curling up with a thick volume.

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Whether you prefer inhaling the current bestseller or engrossing yourself in a literary classic, during times when only a hearty dose of pictorial extravagance will do, there are plenty of exceptional fashion books to pique your interest.

Hello! Fashion shares our edit of must-have fashion coffee table books:  

The Fashion of Film: How Cinema has Inspired Fashion by Amber Butchart

The Fashion of Film: How Cinema has Inspired Fashion, £30.42, Amazon


Fashion historian Amber Butchart invites you to embark upon a journey through the last 100 years of cinema style and consider the impact of film on the great design talents.

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Peter Lindbergh On Fashion Photography 


Peter Lindbergh On Fashion Photography, £20, Selfridges


What the late Peter Lindbergh didn’t know about fashion photography, isn’t worth knowing. Having captured that image of the supermodels as well as the Pirelli Calendar three times, Peter’s archive has to be seen to be believed.

Norman Parkinson: Always in Fashion


Norman Parkinson: Always in Fashion, £35, WHSmith


Industry legend Norman Parkinson changed the face of fashion photography, bringing the craft outside the studio and into the natural habits of his subjects who included Elizabeth Taylor, Jerry Hall and Jean Seberg among many more.

Portraits by Helmut Newton


Portraits, £45, WHSmith


Stunning and startling pretty much sums up Helmut Newton’s collection of celebrity portraits. View the likes of Andy Warhol, Sophia Loren and Grace Jones through an entirely new lens. 

Dior Couture by Patrick Demarchelier and Ingrid Sischy


Dior Couture, £49.65, Amazon


Maison Dior has had an outstanding impact on the world of fashion since Christian’s landmark ‘New Look’ changed the face of post-war dressing. This book consists of an exquisite collection of photos taken of haute couture pieces by the late, internationally renowned Patrick Demarchelier.

Slim Aarons: Women by Laura Hawk


Slim Aarons: Women, £65, Waterstones


While Slim Aarons may not have considered himself to be a fashion photographer, there is something unmistakeable in his work which oozes enduring style. Focusing on capturing the glamorous lifestyles of the elite, it is impossible to not fall head over heels for his stellar portraits.

Vogue: The Covers by Dodie Kazanjian


Vogue: The Covers, £45, Selfridges  


For magazine obsessives, there is no other fashion book that will compare. Featuring the likes of Naomi Campbell, Rihanna and Michelle Obama,Vogue: The Covers is a complete visual treat.

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