Fashion Book Holiday Wish List

Anna Sui by Andrew Bolton. Preface by Jack White, Introduction by Steven Meisel and Foreword by Anna Sui.

Penned by a Costume Institute curator, the retrospective of Sui's 30-year career combines a stellar collection of runway and collection photos with engaging tales of the iconic designer—and fervent music fan's—romp through the last few decades.

Perfect for your White Stripes-obsessed, boho-rocker best friend.

Blow by Blow by Detmar Blow and Tom Sykes & Isabella Blow: A Life in Fashion by Lauren Goldstein Crowe

The fashion and literary worlds have been torn between these two biographies on the deceased fashion icon, both of which were released on the same day. The fact that the authors have been exchanging verbal assaults over the shared topic adds a kind of meta layer to the drama.

Perfect as a set, to your wickedly gossip-hungry confidante-about-town.

Harper's Bazaar Fashion: Your Guide to Personal Style
By Linda Armstrong. Edited by Meenal Mistry

This diminutive volume aims to steer readers towards their own "uniform," relying on the magazine's venerable credentials as a fashion authority. Accordingly, the pages are filled with stylish photos as well as luscious illustrations by some of fashion's top designers.

Perfect for the girl who likely has it all in her closet already, but needs some good-looking—purse-sized—guidance.

Coming Soon: Japan Fashion Now
By Valerie Steele, Patricia Mears, Yuniya Kawamura and Hiroshi Narumi

On sale next month, this visual spectacle of Japanese pop culture and its inspiring, spectacularly-dressed characters and followers is punctuated by essays on the evolution of the nation's fashion sense and subsequent global influence.

Perfect for the Japanophile who's outgrown Hello Kitty.

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