Fashionable Books to Give -- and to Get

If you’ve got someone who’s fashion forward on your list this year, one of these books may be the perfect gift.
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Tim Gunn: A Guide to Quality, Taste, and Style by Tim Gunn and Kate Moloney (Abrams)

Sensible advice that every woman should use, from the smart, wonderful, delightful Tim Gunn.

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La Femme Rykiel (Textuel)

Sonia Rykiel has been making beautiful chic clothes for decades, and this book is a testament to her artful style.

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No Pictures by Ron Galella (powerHouse Books)

A closer look at the famous photographer’s amazing paparazzi pictures through the years.

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

The perfect book for anyone who’s interested in the history and meaning of fashion.

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How Not to Look Old: Fast and Effortless Ways to Look 10 Years Younger, 10 Pounds Lighter, and 10 Times Better by Charla Krupp (Springboard Press)

Easy, how-to advice that will change the way you get dressed in the morning.

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100 Years of Fashion Illustration by Cally Blackman (Laurence King Publishers)

Because fashion IS art.

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Target Underwear and a Vera Wang Gown: Notes from a Single Girl’s Closet by Adena Halpern (Gotham)

A funny, charming tale of one woman’s walk through her own closet.

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Queen of Fashion: What Marie Antoinette Wore to the Revolution by Caroline Weber (Picador)

An amazing, historical account of how the queen’s clothes affected fashion, socioeconomic standing, politics, and a country’s revolution.

Originally published on, December 2008.

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