The best holiday books are ready to be given and received. We think our inveterate bibliophile Jake Gaines recommends the perfect ones for you or anyone on your holiday gift list.
ADRIAN: A LIFETIME OF MOVIE GLAMOUR, ART AND HIGH FASHION
By Leonard Stanley, Robin Adrian and Mark A. Vieira
Legendary MGM studio fashion designer Adrian is profiled in this visual celebration of the life and work of the man behind some of the most memorable fashions of Hollywood’s golden age. $65. At Rizzoli USA
GREAT ESCAPES: ITALY. THE HOTEL BOOK
By Angelika Taschen
In Italy, art and life are entwined. This visual journey offers glimpses of rural landscapes, high culture, and divine food; all spied through the doorways and windows of the country’s most stunning hotels. $60. At Taschen.
AXELVERVOORDT:PORTRAITS OF INTERIORS
By Michael Gardner
Axel Vervoordt incorporates nature, art, and timeless interiors to create living spaces that encourage self-reflection, inspiration, and happiness in 17 homes that will inspire your own spaces. $75. At Rizzoli USA.
DIOR: MOMENTS OF JOY
By Muriel Teodori
This elegant volume explores Dior’s long history of creativity, beauty and success through a celebration of one of our most profound emotions, joy. $85. At Rizzoli USA.
HENRY POOLE & CO. THE FIRST TAILOR OF SAVILE ROW
By James Sherwood
Known as the founding tailor of Savile Row, Henry Poole & Co. has dressed the world’s most important men and women for over two centuries. This book offers a unique window into an establishment at the very heart of nineteenth and twentieth-century public life. $50. At Thames & Hudson USA.
VILLAS AND GARDENS OF THE RENAISSANCE
By Lucia Impelluso
This stunning collection of photographs celebrates the excellence of the Italian Renaissance period through palaces and gardens built between the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries…in nine extraordinary locations. $49.95. At Rizzoli USA.
THE DIOR SESSIONS
Portraits by Nikolai von Bismarck. Tailored by Kim Jones
Known for slim silhouettes and precise tailoring, Dior Homme has long been a leading menswear label. In this new volume of exquisite portraits of celebrities and style influencers, the thoroughly contemporary style of the revered French fashion house has never looked cooler. $125. At Rizzoli USA
SKREBNESKI DOCUMENTED: 1948-2018
By Victor Skrebneski
This exquisite volume showcases a collection of raw, provocative portraits, nudes, and snapshots of quotidian life shot over the past seventy-years by one of photography’s greatest image-makers of all time. $150. At Rizzoli USA.com
By Susana M. Vidal
With the most vibrant and original curation of images ever to be assembled and clever descriptions of the concepts that define its soul, this is a 360-degree exploration of this mythical and colorful country. $85. At Assouline.
By Missoni Archives
Lavishly designed, this comprehensive volume features reproductions of Missoni patterns printed on special material and stitched into the binding between signatures along with other unique features. $175. At Rizzoli USA.
AUTOFOCUS. THE CAR IN PHOTOGRAPHY
By Marta Weiss
This gorgeous volume spotlights today’s greatest dancers–from ballet to modern—dressed in clothing by today’s and yesterday’s most celebrated designers. Included are Dior, Valentino, Oscar de la Renta, and Bill Blass, to name a few $75. At Rizzoli USA.
By Magnum Photos and Stephen McLauren
This is the definitive collection of street photography from Magnum Photos and an unparalleled opportunity to follow in the footsteps of the true greats of the genre. An essential addition to the street photography canon, this volume showcases hidden gems alongside many of street photography’s most famous images. $39.95. At Thames & Hudson USA.