Fashion Books 2021

This is a selection of the most exciting books about fashion that have already been published or will be published this year. It's always inspiring to learn from those at the top of their game, even if they are no longer with us. Their creative spirit is timeless!

Peter Lindbergh. Azzedine Alaïa

By: Carla Sozzani

Publisher: Taschen

Peter Lindbergh and Azzedine Alaïa, the photographer and the couturier, were united by their love of black, a love that they would cultivate alike in silver print and solid color garments. Accompanying the exhibition Azzedine Alaïa, Peter Lindbergh at the Fondation Azzedine Alaïa in Paris, this book celebrates their artistic partnership.

“We met in 1979, I believe. Ever since, Azzedine and I are hand in glove. I photographed his collections and I have countless portraits of him.” Peter Lindbergh

Her Dior: Maria Grazia Chiuri's New Voice

By: Maria Grazia Chiuri

Publisher: Rizzoli

A powerful collection of photographs and essays by trailblazing women that celebrates Maria Grazia Chiuri's feminine and feminist spirit within the House of Dior.

Showcasing Chiuri's haute couture and ready-to-wear collections from 2017 to 2021, Her Dior captures the creative director's innovations at the house where she's reclaimed the narrative creating Dior fashions for women, by women.

The Glass of Fashion: A Personal History of Fifty Years of Changing Tastes and the People Who Have Inspired Them

By: Cecil Beaton

Publisher: Rizzoli

This book presents the iconic photographer's expert and witty reminiscences of the personalities who inspired fashion's golden eras, and left an indelible mark on his own sense of taste and style.

Across eighteen chapters, complemented by more than 150 of his own line drawings, Beaton writes with great wit about the influence of luminaries such as Chanel, Balenciaga, and Dior.

How to Make a Dress, Adventures in the art of style

By: Jenny Packham

Publisher: Ebury Press

Jenny Packham is one of Britain’s leading designers and most in-demand couturiers, known for her exquisite dresses made for brides, celebrities and even royalty. In this book, she explores her creative journey in a brilliant meditation on life and style.

‘From inspiration to sketch, pattern to fabric, the making of a dress has been the structure that has held me, and my passion to dress others is the momentum of my life.’

The Duchess of Cambridge, A decade of modern royal style

By: Bethan Holt

Publisher: Ryland Peters & Small and CICO Books

The Duchess has used her clothing to make diplomatic gestures, to send messages of solidarity, and to show respect.

This book marks the tenth anniversary of Kate’s royal life by taking readers on a highly illustrated journey through the Duchess’s style evolution. Bethan Holt is the fashion news and features director at The Telegraph.

Monique Lhuillier: Dreaming of Fashion and Glamour

By: Monique Lhuillier

Publisher: Rizzoli

This debut volume captures the joy, chic opulence, and modern femininity of fashion designer Monique Lhuillier. From dazzling red-carpet cocktail dresses and alluring eveningwear to her showstopping bridal gowns, every piece is created with the finest fabrics and unparalleled craftsmanship.

Loyal celebrity fans include Emma Stone, Halle Berry, Blake Lively, Gwyneth Paltrow, Taylor Swift, Reese Witherspoon, Regina King, Jessica Alba, and former First Lady Michelle Obama, among others.

Pucci. Updated Edition

By: Vanessa Friedman

Publisher: Taschen

Bright colors, bold prints, and joie-de-vivre flair abound in this must-have tribute to Pucci, the fashion house like no other. This updated XL edition captures the breathtaking elegance, drama, and innovation of a unique brand.

Each book is uniquely bound with one of a selection of original print fabrics from Emilio Pucci’s collection. Vanessa Friedman is the fashion director and chief fashion critic of The New York Times.

François Berthoud: Fashion, Fetish and Fantasies

By: François Berthoud

Publisher: Rizzoli

Known for erotica and romantic fashion illustration, François Berthoud is recognised as one of the most original illustrators of his time.

His painstakingly produced, meticulously arranged linocuts and his expressive drip paintings have graced Vogue, Numéro, Visionaire, Interview, and other leading magazines as well as the world’s most sought-after brands including Yves Saint Laurent, Bulgari, Chanel, Givenchy, Sonia Rykiel, and Prada.