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Va Va Va Volumes (Da Una Parte)

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Va Va Va Volumes (Da Una Parte)

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Food for Fashionable Thought (and Inspiration).  What makes a fashion tome fabulous?  Well, that depends, like everything stylish, on taste.

Some fashionistas favor feasts for the eyes, in which the Style Gods’ aesthetic interpretations lay sprawled vividly on oversized, glossy page after oversized, glossy page.

Others prefer to immerse themselves in chic narratives, to uncover the surprising stories behind design world phenomena, or the Best Dressed influencers who glide so elegantly under the radar.

Because our preferences waiver back and forth, we just had to create two lists to detail our favorite picks of the fashionable bunch.

So Far So Goude

This compilation/retrospective, by revolutionary Creative Director/artist Jean-Paul Goude, is revelatory.· Many of Goude’s multifaceted images were manufactured meticulously by his own hands, in the days before Adobe programs ruled the (imagery) world. Trust us; they will take your breath away with their wit and beauty (especially his snaps of Grace Jones).


 The Snippy World of Michael Roberts

UK-born, of St. Lucian heritage, Roberts has long played an influential role in global fashion, crafting influential imagery for the world’s biggest publications.  The Snippy World, a collection of Roberts’ multi-medium masterpieces, transports readers into a stylish wonderland entirely of his creation.


Africa Is In Style by Berenice Geoffroy-Schneiter  

Published by Assouline, Geoffroy-Schneiter’s slim volume is thick with stunning “Black is Beautiful” imagery, and celebrates Africa in all her gorgeous, glamorous, aesthetically rich splendor.


ALT: A Memoir by Andre Leon Talley

The King of Fashion’s autobiography details his charmed path from North Carolina’s rural roads to the Mount Olympus of fashion, and his collaborations with fashion deities from Vreeland to Wintour.


The Little Dictionary of Fashion: A Guide to Dress Sense for Every Woman by Christian Dior

Written by M. Dior himself, this insightful volume may have been written in your grandmother’s day, but its content is mostly very now (and likely very you).



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