Selectism Buyer's Guide: 14 Fashionable Coffee Table Books

Coffee books aren’t always just for decoration purposes and our selection of 14 fashion books for your coffee table will prove that. These fashion books range from the full history of the menswear genre to an in-depth view of a luxury brand, offering you more than just an overview of the industry.

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100 Contemporary Fashion Designers

This coffee table book highlights up and comers in the fashion world alongside names that have been etched to our minds. Featuring a comprehensive overview of fashion design around the world, look out for names like Thom Browne, Tom Ford and more.

Rei Kawakubo Book

This short biography on the life and work of Rei Kawakubo behind Comme des Garçons is compiled by founder and creative director of i-D magazine, Terry Jones. This Taschen book features imagery from iconic photographers like Paolo Roversi, David Bailey and more. ($23)

Louis Vuitton: The Birth of Modern Luxury (second edition)

An updated version of Louis Vuitton’s The Birth of Modern Luxury includes ten expanded chapters featuring new imagery. This volume traces the full history of the designer house from 1854 to modern day.($75)

Bottega Veneta Monograph Book

The first monograph book of Bottega Veneta shares with us their love for craftsmanship and understates, no-logo elegance. Tomas Maier, creative director and book designer Sam Shahid come together with various fashion journalists to tell their story.($63)

Tods Italian Portraits

Look to Tod‘s with their idea of Italian Style in this book of portraits curated by Donatella Sartorio and edited by Skira Editore. Full of classic looks and elegance you would expect from a timeless luxury house features “elegant Italian Men with the ability of combining good taste and ethics, modernity and tradition, beauty and competence.” It also comes with a free app with extra material here. ($57)

100 Years of Menswear

For those interested in the history of men’s fashion from 1900 till modern day till enjoy this mini edition of Cally Blackman’s book. With over 380 pages featuring designers like Yohji Yamamoto and Paul Smith, this is a great introductory book to the fashion game. ($13)

Vintage Menswear Book

London’s Vintage Showroom brings together some of their favorite pieces of classic menswear in their book. We feel that this is a great resource for stylists, designers and the vintage obsessives alike. ($32)

La Perla: Lingerie & Desiderio

This 247 page book encompasses the history of the lingerie house since its creation in 1954 by Ada Masotti in Bologna, Italy. Check out the never seen before house archive of exceptional intimate garments. ($78)

Goyard Limited Edition Handmade Brand Book

This Goyard book is a visual account of its past covering photographs, catalog images and customized items from the early days. It’s 6000 Euro price tag doesn’t make it readily available for anyone, but you’ll be able to view one of the copies donated to libraries worldwide.

Alexander McQueen Savage Beauty

Savage Beauty offers a retrospect on the fashion design and the narrative of McQueen through his collections and runway presentations. Take a glimpse at his prolific career spanning more than a few decades. ($32)

Ideas from Massimo Osti

This is the first monograph dedicated to Massimo Osti, Bolognese fashion designer behind Stone Island and more. Displaying more than 1000 images around his work including notes and sketches is perfect for anyone interested in the history of Italian technical outerwear. ($50)

The Sartorialist: Closer

Scott Schuman’s returns with his second book available in two paperback covers – male and female. Each deluxe volume of The Sartorialist: Closer comes individually numbered and features street photography from Japan, Korea, London, Milan, New York, Paris, and other cities. ($19)

Maison Martin Margiela 2009 Book

This Margiela book dates back to 2009 and covers the documentation and archive the world of the designer over past decades. Take a look at the evolution of Margiela’s designs along with the changes in culture. Luckily, it is still in print. ($63)

Kate: The Kate Moss Book

The most recent Rizzoli imprint is a “highly personal and complete retrospective of Kate Moss’s career, illustrating her evolution from girl to supermodel to photographic icon, created by Moss herself.” Look out for photography by Hedi Slimane, Terry Richardson, Mario Testino, Karl Lagerfeld and more. ($89)

Words by Denise Taw
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