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The New And Essential Fashion Books For All Fashionistas

These new fashion books are a dire need for any fashionista who likes to start her day with a cup of coffee and some inside scoop on the fashion world. We have gathered our top three latest fashion books for all the divas who are as crazy as we are about fashion.

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The first retrospective in nearly 20 years of the beloved photographer Irving Penn’s work opens this month at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, where it will be on view until March and then followed by a national tour. The accompanying monograph — which includes an essay by the curator Merry A. Foresta — provides a comprehensive look at the true range of his work. The book includes everything from a striking image of a 1926 Chanel sequined suit to a still life of blocks of frozen fruits and vegetables and close-ups of decomposing cigarettes. There’s also a look back at Penn’s early street photography in New York and Philadelphia, as well as portraits of Le Corbusier and Truman Capote.

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Published in conjunction with a recent survey of Flemish fashion designers at the Centre for Fine Arts in Brussels, “The Belgians,” edited by the curator Didier Vervaeren, traces the emergence of Belgian fashion as an international phenomenon — from Norine (a now largely forgotten pioneer of the Belgian avant-garde) to Martin Margiela and Raf Simons. Filled with iconic runway photos, the tome pays particular attention to the subversive legacy of the Antwerp Six — including Ann Demeulemeester, Dries Van Noten and Walter Van Beirendonck — and highlights the enduring influence of their gender-bending, punk-inspired approach to fashion.

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Since 2002, Bottega Veneta’s Creative Director Tomas Maier has collaborated with a different artist for each season’s campaign. “Bottega Veneta: Art of Collaboration” presents a comprehensive look at the fashion house’s stunning — and varied — 14-year portfolio. Among work by fashion mainstays like Annie Leibovitz and Steven Meisel are many more unexpected collaborators: Nan Goldin, Larry Sultan, Tina Barney, Philip-Lorca diCorcia and Alex Prager, among others. “I like to think about how Bottega Veneta exists in the real world, once the bags or the clothes have been bought and become part of someone’s life,” Maier told T. “Looking at the campaigns together, they give me a sense of this, because the images have narratives and scenarios that go beyond the typical fashion image.”

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