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“Fashion Photography: The Story in 180 Pictures”

By Jonathan Kendall

This fall Aperture releases "Fashion Photography: The Story in 180 Pictures," featuring the works of Richard Avedon, Helmut Newton, Horst P. Horst and more. The book isn't just a feast for the eyes, though, in it readers will learn from fashion chronicler Eugénie Shinkle how this field of photography constantly holds up a mirror—a magical one—to the changing values of culture. (Aperture)


“Making the Floating Piers”

Christo and Jeanne-Claude performed a miracle on Italy’s Lake Iseo last summer: they allowed 1.2 million people to walk on water via a golden buoyant dock. A new limited edition book, “Making the Floating Piers,” gives readers a privileged glimpse into how the couple developed the three-kilometer walkway. The new volume, signed and designed by Christo, includes a 24 x 24 cm swatch of the project’s original fabric—a tactile way for readers to experience the miraculous work. (Taschen)


“Ibiza: Bohemia”

What do Hollywood star Elizabeth Taylor and rock legend Freddie Mercury have in common? They’ve both frolicked across the magical island known as Ibiza. In homage of the island’s unique connection with creative minds, Assouline has recently released “Ibiza Bohemia,” which chronicles the island’s history as a hot spot for celebrities and artists alike since the 1930s. In the book, fashion editor Renu Kashyap and travel writer Maya Boyd explores the hippie-chic atmosphere that continues to enable it to be a fertile ground for artistic inspiration and spiritual awakenings. (Assouline)


“Betak: Fashion Show Revolution”

For the past 25 years, Alexandre de Betak has mesmerized the fashion world with his epic shows for brands such as Christian Dior, Michael Kors and Rodarte. This fall Phaidon has published “Betak: Fashion Show Revolution,” the first book to examine the man behind these grand shows. Its 450 photographs, most of them previously unpublished, are poised to grab readers by their hands and bring them to the front row of runways across the world, as well as behind the scenes where all the magic happens. (Phaidon)


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