The 14 Best Coffee Table Books About Fashion for 2021

Looking for some fashion-centric books to add to your coffee table? Read on to see our top recommendations!

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When you’re decorating your living room, we recommend that you don’t skimp on coffee table books. Having two or three books on your coffee table is aesthetically pleasing, and it’s a great way to show your guests what interests you.

We’ve covered coffee table books about animals, food and even coffee itself (is that meta?), but this post is focused on the best coffee table books about fashion.

The Best Coffee Table Books About Fashion

Here they are in no particular order…

1. The International Best Dressed List: The Official Story

Being on Eleanor Lambert’s International Best Dressed List is an esteemed honor. Audrey Hepburn, Kate Middleton and David Bowie are just a few of the icons who’ve made the list.

Lucky for fashionistas everywhere, Vanity Fair editor Amy Fine Collins has compiled stunning photographs from nearly 80 years’ worth of stylish outfits from the International Best Dressed List archives and turned them into a book.

2. Chanel

Coco Chanel was a fashion designer so notable that calling her a trailblazer feels like an understatement.

To say the least, she truly revolutionized style for women in ways that will never be forgotten. This set of three books reveals the history of the company Chanel from its beginning to its rise to international success and acclaim.

3. Images of Women II

German fashion photographer Peter Lindbergh is best known for the iconic photos he took of supermodels in the 1980s, but in Images of Women II, he shares a collection of some of his best photos taken between 2005 and 2014.

Pick up a copy to see unforgettable images of actresses and models including Milla Jovovich, Tilda Swinton, Kate Moss and many more.

4. The Little Dictionary of Fashion

Christian Dior is undoubtedly one of the most iconic fashion designers ever. Thankfully, he wrote The Little Dictionary of Fashion to share some of his secrets.

Want to know the right way to tie a scarf or what to wear to a wedding? This book has all the answers from the man himself.

5. Frida Kahlo: Fashion as the Art of Being

Frida Kahlo’s artwork is legendary, but she was also known for being a daring fashionista.

In Frida Kahlo: Fashion as the Art of Being, author Susana Martinez Vidal showcases some of Frida’s most compelling artwork and looks.

6. Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty

Alexander McQueen is known for being one of the most provocative and influential fashion designers of all time.

In Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty, you’ll find an intriguing anthology of his captivating work.

7. Andy Warhol Portraits: 1958-1987

Everyone who knows what’s what in popular culture has seen Andy Warhol’s art. A unique fact about the acclaimed artist is that he carried a polaroid camera with him nearly everywhere from the late 1950s until his death in 1987.

Andy Warhol Portraits is a collection that features Warhol’s polaroid photos of celebrities like Mick Jagger, Yves Saint Laurent, Debbie Harry and even Alfred Hitchcock. This is a very cool book filled with photos of very cool and stylish people.

8. Valentino: Themes and Variations

Valentino is a brand that’s synonymous with high fashion, and this book celebrates 45 years of founder Valentino Garavani’s career.

Valentino: Themes and Variations highlights Valentino’s haute couture creations and the recurring themes within them.

9. Becoming

One of the most well-known supermodels ever is Cindy Crawford, and in her book Becoming, she shares stories and lessons learned from her life and career. 

The book, of course, also features her most memorable photographs. Get this book if you want an inside look into the life of one of the most iconic fashion icons of the 1990s.

10. Kate: The Kate Moss Book

Kate: The Kate Moss Book is just what it sounds like… a powerful retrospective of Kate Moss’s career.

It features beautiful photographs of Kate and chronicles her evolution into becoming one of the most well-known models of all time.

11. Supreme Models: Iconic Black Women Who Revolutionized Fashion

This book is dedicated entirely to black models and is a great resource for any fashion lover who wants an up-close and personal look at the black women that’ve made monumental contributions to fashion as we know it.

Supreme Models: Iconic Black Women Who Revolutionized Fashion features photos of more than 70 models and shares details about the most memorable moments of their careers. This book is a must-have for anyone who’s interested in seeing how fashion became what it is today.

12. Louis Vuitton Windows

Louis Vuitton is definitely one of the most popular high-fashion brands that exists. They’re known not only for their stylish clothing but also their extravagant window displays.

Louis Vuitton Windows features photographs of more than 35 of the most eye-catching window displays that have been featured at Louis Vuitton stores.

13. Tom Ford

Before creating his eponymous luxury brand, Tom Ford was one of the driving creative forces behind Gucci and Yves Saint Laurent.

This book is a complete catalog of his design work for both of the aforementioned brands from 1994 to 2004.

14. Yves Saint Laurent: The Impossible Collection

Yves Saint Laurent got his start in the world of fashion by working under Christian Dior and then started the brand that fashion fanatics everywhere know and love.

This silk-cased book features 100 of the quintessential designer’s most memorable pieces from 1962 to his retirement in 2002.

Time To Get Stylish

If you’re looking to add some panache to your living room, the books on this list will do the trick. We highly recommend these books to anyone that has an interest in fashion!