With the social distancing becoming a part of our life, we’re starting to take up the pastimes we used to indulge in again. Among the resurgent leisure activities is pleasure reading that allows us to enjoy a respite in peace and brush up on our knowledge.
When it comes to the fashionistas, nothing could excite them as much as fashion books. Not only do they make a graceful decoration for our coffee table, but it also gives a window into some of the most iconic creations done by the fashion trailblazers and their inspiring stories.
Here, we look at the remarkable fashion books that we think every fashion stalwart should collect.
Supreme is one of the major success stories in the streetwear scene that has burgeoned from a downtown New York skate shop into a global brand. Looking back at the past 25 years, the Supreme book takes us through the brand’s remarkable moments including iconic collaborations with Nan Goldin, Comme des Garçons and Nike as well as an index of T-shirts released since its Spring/Summer 2010 collections.
The book features works from photographers Larry Clark, Ari Marcopoulos, and David Sims.
Gucci Beaten & Blown by the Wind (2020)
Lensed by Bruce Gilden, the Gucci Beaten & Blown by the Wind is a brainchild of Alessandro Michele that is shot in the Eternal City, offering a glimpse of its Pre-Fall 2020 collection and a selection of street portraits.
Captured in brooding and stark mood, the artbook unfolds the stunning scene of Rome while bringing together a diverse cast including Achille Lauro, Benedetta Barzini and Bethann Hardison.
Virgil Abloh: Figures of Speech (2019)
Featuring more than 1,800 never-before-seen images, the Virgil Abloh: Figures of Speech book is both visually pleasing and enlightening. The winner of 2019 AIGA’s 50 Books Award, produced in collaboration with the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, offers an overview of Abloh’s works with a dedicated catalogue section including essays and interviews with key voices in art, fashion, design and architecture.
The book also allows us to revisit some of Abloh’s phenomenal works in the past like collaborations with IKEA and Nike as well as his designs for Off-White, Louis Vuitton and Kanye West’s albums.
Louis Vuitton Catwalk (2018)
It is a must-have for the Louis Vuitton fans and fashion lovers alike. The Louis Vuitton Catwalk details the definitive moment in Louis Vuitton’s history, the birth of its fashion collection begot by Marc Jacobs in 1998.
The book provides an insight into the collections of both influential creative directors of the brand, Jacobs and Nicolas Ghesquière, as well as the high-profile collaborations with artists including Takashi Murakami and Richard Prince.
Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons: Art of the In-Between (2017)
The Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons: Art of the In-Between published in 2017 by the Metropolitan Museum of Art provides an introduction into the other end of the fashion spectrum. Letting us into the fantasy of the “Lumps and Bumps” designer, the book presents the fascinating visuals of the Japanese designer’s mind-blowing creations that transformed the aesthetics of our time, challenging the rigid divisions that have come to define received notions of identity and fashionability.
The chronology of Kawakubo’s career is propounded with stunning photography, texts of Andrew Bolton and an insightful interview.