Accompanying a major
exhibition this autumn at London's Victoria & Albert
Museum, The Golden Age of Couture:
and London 1947 - 1957 (Abrams, September 2007, $45) explores the period
when the glamorous world of haute couture was at its height.
Beginning with the impact of Christian Dior's New
Look, this lavishly illustrated book highlights the work
of Dior and his contemporaries and reveals the inspiration
behind some of the most famous styles of all time.
The stunning beauty and classic elegance of Grace Kelly are
celebrated in The Grace Kelly Years: Princess of Monaco (Skira,
October 2007, $55), the handsome companion book to the tribute
exhibition commemorating the 25th anniversary of her passing.
Using many never-before-seen photos, this catalogue provides
a fascinating look at all facets of the Princess' remarkable
Costume Jewelry for Haute Couture (Vendome Press, September
2007, $75) is the first book to showcase the sumptuous costume
jewelry produced by couture fashion houses. The hundreds
of beautifully reproduced pieces are a testament to the exceptional
craftsmanship and astonishing diversity of these designs.
Wadia Associates: New Classicists (Images Publishing Group, October 2007, $90) offers a breathtaking
selection of luxurious residences designed by New Canaan-based
architect Dinyar Wadia. Working in all traditional styles
of architecture, Wadia's designs are distinctive for
their refined elegance and seamless incorporation into the
Since the success of his
revolutionary design for the Pompidou Center in Paris, Renzo
Piano has been entrusted with the collections of the most
distinguished art institutions in the world. Renzo
Piano Museums (Monacelli Press, October 2007, $60) presents a spectacular
portfolio of eighteen museum projects, beginning with Pompidou
Center and continuing to the most current designs for the
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Art Institute of Chicago,
and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sarajevo. Lush color
photographs and handsome presentation drawings convey the
form and detail of these extraordinary buildings.