The Fashion Books Every Cool Girl’s Coffee Table Needs

If you type "fashion book" into Amazon you'll be greeted by 115,718 search results. To save you hours of clicking the "next page" button, we're filling your bookcase for you with our required fashion reading list. From classic books that we've loved for years—such as the Olsen twins' book, Influence, and the tale of Karl Lagerfeld and Yves Saint Laurent in the '60s—to this year's best new releases (did you know Jeanne Damas is now an author?), these 12 books are not only educational but are a beautiful decoration for your coffee table too.

Keep scrolling to shop our edit of the best fashion books to place on your coffee table. 

This coffee table book was launched to coincide with the icon's 50th birthday, and it includes some of her most iconic photo shoots, plus the back story of how she became one of the world's most powerful supermodels.

Rouje founder Jeanne Damas and French journalist Lauren Bastide celebrate some of the chicest women in Paris. 

Italian street style star Giovanna Battaglia also wrote her first book this year, which is her guide to having fun with fashion.

This book has 150 portraits from Annie Leibovitz's archive, including never-before-published photographs.

This book is Editorial Director Hannah Almassi's all-time favourite fashion book, and it tells of Karl Lagerfeld and Yves Saint Laurent in the late '60s. 

This book was released in 2008, but it's still a fascinating read for anyone who loves the Olsen twins (which we imagine is every Who What Wear UK reader).

Learn more about the history of Christian Dior with this beautiful collectors' book. 

Tim Walker's photography is mesmerising, and this book—which was released to coincide with the Somerset House exhibition—is escapism at its best. 

This book from Claire Wilcox, curator of the exhibition Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty, offers an in-depth look at the designer's work, rounding up the late designer’s most impactful work. 

The Danish fashion blogger released her first book, Dress Scandinavian, earlier this year, and it offers up styling tips for how to dress like our Scandi style heroes. 

Assistant editor Elinor Block recommends this book for two reasons: "a) It's hilarious and doesn't take it too seriously. And b) it's also got some great advice and gives a real insight into how you might emulate French women and their style."

This book about Vogue editor Diana Vreeland has some of her most iconic photographs, magazine pages and illustrations, showing the huge impact she had on the fashion industry.

Next up, see our guide to the best fashion blogs you should bookmark stat.

Opening Image: Lucy Williams

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