5 Fashion Coffee Table Books to Give as Gifts this Holiday Season
December 3, 2022
It’s the time of the year when giving gifts are normal. This year, gift giving is more special due to the 2020 pandemic and the social distancing measures to limit the spread of it. Many people will be able to travel more freely than they have in two years, so this holiday season will be the most closet to what was normal in 2019.
Every year, I always love to buy myself a fashion coffee table book. Even though I could ask family and friends to give them to me, they are usually expensive and are hard to find on sale. Also, sometimes the books I think I love I actually hate. In a few cases, I hate them a lot. Because of this, I like to purchase these books for myself to avoid any problems or hurt feelings.
Over the years, I assembled a collection of fashion coffee table books. Some of the books I own are more universally appealing than others and a great gift for fashion lovers. Inspired by this, I decided to write a post about five fashion coffee table books that would make great gifts this season. For this post, I will limit myself to talking about five book only. All the books will be fashion focused, but some by cover a specific designer or fashion house while others will be about a specific person that is known as a fashion icon.
Dior: The Collections, 1947-2017 (Catwalk)
If you or someone you know is a fan of Dior but wants a books focused on fashion shows and their looks only, then this is the book for you! It only talks about the fashion shows and what was seen on the catwalk. It does not include every single look (The outfits on the catwalk) seen during the fashion show, but it does cover 70 years of Dior’s shows.
Louis Vuitton / Marc Jacobs: In Association with the Musee des Arts Decoratifs, Paris
If you or someone you know loves the multicolor Louis Vuitton canvas bags of the 2000’s or the 2000’s Louis Vuitton look in general, then this is a great book to consider purchasing. It is all about Marc Jacobs’ time as head designer of Louis Vuitton. He was head designer of the house from 1997 to 2014. This book covers his years as head designer and features stories about what inspired his collections.
Chanel No. 5: Story of a Perfume
Fans of Chanel’s famous No. 5 fragrance will love this book. Chanel No. 5: Story of a Perfume is a two book set that is about the fragrance. This books is the most expensive books on this list and could be a hard to justify the cost. Especially since it is all about perfume. Still, if you know someone who love Chanel’s famous fragrance, then this is a great gift option. Also, this book would be great for anyone looking for a housewarming gift for a fashion lover or someone who love Chanel in general.
Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty
It’s been over ten years since Alexander McQueen passed away and it’s been the same amount of time since the Metropolitan Museum of the Arts premiered the Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty exhibition. Since then, it has toured all around the world and is beloved by museum goers and fashion fans. Today, the coffee table book of the exhibition is still in print and available to purchase. If you or someone you know cannot attend the show but would still like to know what the exhibition is like, then this book would be the next best option.
Audrey Hepburn: The Illustrated World of a Fashion Icon
Megan Hess is a beloved fashion illustrator with many fashion coffee table books to choose from. This makes it hard to choose a book to give as gift. If the person you are interested in buying a book for has not purchased Megan’s newest book, then it is a great opportunity to give it to them! The newest book, called Audrey Hepburn: The Illustrated World of a Fashion Icon, is about Audrey Hepburn and her legendary and beloved fashion style. The book is filled with illustrations by Megan Hess, making it the perfect gift for fans of Megans Hess’ art. Also, this book would be perfect for a teenager who is interested in fashion.