Game-changing fashion books of 2017

Game-changing fashion books of 2017

Chanel, Dior, Dries Van Noten

Editor: Shannon Wylie

From the first Chanel book written in Arabic to a 100-part tomb on the famed French fashion house Dries Van Noten, these are the books to collect from the year that was...

Gabrielle Chanel

Famed Lebanese bookstore Hachette-Antoine has released Gabrielle Chanel, the first ever book that shares the story of Chanel's iconic founder in Arabic. Drawing information from a variety of sources, including rare documents, author Hala Kawtharani stitched together a compelling story which details the designer's journey from a poor orphan to fashion royalty and how her immaculate taste in style gave rise to one of the leading luxury labels today.

Chanel Arabic

Dries Van Noten 1-50 and Dries Van Noten 51-100

Dries Van Noten celebrated his 100th fashion show at Paris Fashion Week in March, 2017. Then in September the designer announced he was commemorating his achievement with a two-part tomb, set for release on October 1. The books, aptly titled Dries Van Noten 1-50 and Dries Van Noten 51-100, chart the Belgian creative's fashionable career behind one of the world's most recognised luxury fashion brands.

Dries Van Noten

Dior by Mats Gustafson 

Dior's new tome put the spotlight on the works of long-standing Dior collaborator, Mats Gustafson. The Swedish artist has been offering an illustrative interpretation of the Dior woman through his master strokes and use of vibrant and bold colours, reflecting and highlighting perfectly the inspiration behind each creation. It is a book that is set to transcend time.

Dior by Mats Gustafson

The Illustrated Guide to Fashion Month released a new book this year titled The Illustrated Guide to Fashion Month. Partnering with illustrative artist Julie Houts, the book offers a quirky and satirical look at the different aspects of fashion month. From New York and Milan to Paris and London, readers are treated to an inside guide on how to survive not only the multitude of shows but also the various social events that are just as critical.

Shopbop book

Sultani — Traditions Renewed

With modest wear currently trending, a fashion book titled Sultani — Traditions Renewed offers an insight into the UAE's own traditional dressing for women. Compiled by Iraqi-born author Dr. Reem El Mutwalli, the book details the changing styles of the now-ubiquitous black abaya while the nation was under the leadership of Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, between 1966 and 2004.


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