There’s one gift that fits all sizes of your favorite fashionista — the gift of a chic book about their favorite subject — style. This year, there is something for every fashion enthusiast on your holiday gift list, from the makeup-crazed teen in your life to the street-wise guy and the avant-garde grandmother. Here are my favorite top 10 “fashion” books to give (and receive) this holiday season:
1. “Fashion: The Definitive History of Costume and Style” (DK Publishing, $50)
This is a must-have for the fashion history buff — a lavishly illustrated guide to more than 3,000 years of shifting trends and innovative developments in the world of clothing. You won’t want to stash this one away on a shelf; you’ll want it front and center on your coffee table.
2. “Tim Gunn’s Fashion Bible” (Gallery Books, $20) Another book full of fashion history and Gunn’s own tips on contemporary fashion are thrown in. Not quite the coffee table caliber, but definitely a great read and fashion resource.
3. “The King of Style: Dressing Michael Jackson” by Michael Bush (Insight Editions, $45) Who can forget the sequined glove? Or the fencing uniform? Whether it was performing “Billie Jean,” “Beat It” or “Thriller,” Jackson’s stage costumes were hits with his fans. Now his designer for 25 years, Michael Bush, tells us all about these iconic clothes in this stunning book. Another coffee table winner.
4. “Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty by Andrew Bolton (Metropolitan Museum of Art, $50) Not your king of pop, but some might argue the king of fashion — the Metropolitan Museum published this unique catalog to chronicle an exhibition by The Costume Institute of the late designer’s work. The hologram skull on the cover by itself is worth the price.
5. “Vogue: The Editor’s Eye” (Abrams, $75) The quintessential fashion magazine for 120 years, this latest book features the archives from eight editors, plus lots of photographs from famous photographers and models. The most expensive of my favorites, you will definitely not want to spill your coffee on this one!
6. “Grace: A Memoir” by Grace Coddington (Random House, $35) Another “Vogue” favorite, the 70-year-old artistic director of “Vogue” since 1988 chronicles her own journey at the magazine, as well as her early career as a model. This is a great behind-the-scenes book. Add “The September Issue” documentary DVD for even more insider details on Grace and her job at “Vogue.”
7. “The Truth About Style” by Stacy London (Viking, $32.95) A more practical approach to everyday fashion, this style expert, who is a co-host on TV’s “What Not to Wear” gives “real” women step-by-step advice on not only getting their wardrobes put together but getting their lives on track, too.
8. “The Sartorialist: Closer” by Scott Schuman (Penguin, $30) For the guy or girl in your life who is hip to the streetwear scene, this blogger/photographer zeroes in “closer” to get a fascinating look at “real” people dressed in ways he finds interesting.
The book even features two different covers — a male cover and a female cover. You can’t go wrong with this one!
9. “Seventeen’s Ultimate Guide to Beauty: The Best Hair, Skin, Nails & Makeup Ideas for You” (Running Press, 19.95) The Seventeen magazine editors have combined their best how-to’s into one inspirational book that’s sure to be a favorite of the young women on your holiday list.
10. “Advanced Style” by Ari Seth Cohen (Powerhouse Books, $35) Finally, a book focused on the over-60 set! Cohen, who blogs about beauty and fashion on his website advancedstyle.blogspot.com, shares the stories of many women who embody the ultimate definition of style, even though they are definitely fit into the “senior set.” We can all aspire to live like these ladies, no matter what our age!