Oscar Wilde once said, “You can never be overdressed or overeducated” and the same can be said for your library. Fashion, like reading, has the power to transport you to a faraway land (whether that’s Paris or Neverland) and simultaneously make you feel like a kid again. So when you’re feeling low, where better to turn than to a fabulous designer book? And no, I’m not referring to Vogue.
Read on to see my pick of the most stylish and enchanting volumes available.
Fairy Tales by Viktor & Rolf
Last month Viktor and Rolf published their book of original fairytales, for which they also did the illustrations. With characters such as ‘Giselle’ (hmm, wonder who was the inspiration for that?) and ‘Candy Floss’ this book is a recipe for sweet dreams.
Fairy Tales by Viktor and Rolf (£12.99; $20.00)
Christian Lacroix and the Tale of Sleeping Beauty by Camilla Morton and Christian Lacroix
In this retelling of the classic fairy tale Camilla Morton casts Christian Lacroix as the hero who must give Sleeping Beauty a fashion makeover – rather than a kiss. Lacroix also contributes to the book with his charming illustrations. Truly spellbinding!
Christian Lacroix and the Tale of Sleeping Beauty by Camilla Morton and Christian Lacroix (£12.99; $14.95)
All Dolled Up by Jennie D’Amato
Celebrating 50 years of Barbie (shocking right? She doesn’t look a day over 21!) this fabulous book traces Barbie’s story from her début in 1959 to the present day and includes contributions from Christian Dior and Diane von Furstenburg. This biography of the original fashion doll will enthrall women of all ages.
All Dolled Up by Jennie D’Amato (£25.00; $21.00)
Superheroes: Fashion and Fantasy by Andrew Bolton
Tracing the influence of fashion on well known comic book characters this book was originally released to accompany the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s 2008 Costume Institute Gala exhibition. Combining an essay on ‘unitard theory’ by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Michael Chabon together with photographs of iconic outfits such as Catwoman’s costume from Batman Returns and comic-inspired runway looks this book is the ultimate in geek chic!
Superheroes: Fashion and Fantasy by Andrew Bolton (£28.50; $25.00)
Yves Saint Laurent Colouring Book by Yves Saint Laurent
A book succeeds as long as it engages its audience, whether they read it or colour it in. This inspiring tome reproduces a number of Saint Laurent’s previously unseen sketches for readers to embellish whilst taking them on a journey through the designer’s imagination. Colouring books are no longer just for kids.
Yves Saint Laurent Colouring Book by Yves Saint Laurent (£5.99; $4.17)
I hope you enjoyed my whistle-stop tour of the ultimate fashionista library. What’s your favourite form of escapism?