Editor's Picks: Stylish Spring Reads

Inside the pages of five fashionable books for your coffee table.

Celia L. Smith Apr, 26, 2013

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Stephen Burrows: When Fashion Danced captures the energy and vibrancy of the designer's American fashions during his rise to stardom in the 1970s. The book accompanies an exhibition currently at the Museum of the City of New York on view until July 28.

Stephen Burrows: When Fashion Danced edited by Daniela Morera, Published by Skira Rizzoli, $40, mcny.org.

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"When he draped clothes on my body, I felt like I was being reborn, like being reincarnated as a butterfly," model Pat Cleveland, FQ Magazine, Spring 2005.

Pat Cleveland in top and skirt with lettuce edge finishing, 1972.

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Model Roshumba in body-hugging stretch design (by Stephen Burrows) with textured short jacket, 1989.

4 of 15 Adam Kuehl

The former VOGUE editor gives us new appreciation for the Little Black Dress in this beautifully photographed, black and white homage to the coveted piece. Praise from Coco Chanel (whose cap-sleeved dress is featured on the cover) to the lovely design duo behind Cushnie-et-Ochs and a host of other designers, along with their versions of the LBD makes you want to slip into one instantly!

Little Black Dress by Andre Leon Talley, Published by Skira Rizzoli, $50, marcjacobs.com.

5 of 15 Bill Cunningham

Andre Leon Talley and editor Diana Vreeland in 1974.

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Tiered ruffle pleat dress by Pierre Cardin.

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Phillip Treacy is a man of many hats –– literally. The miliner has created brilliantly sculpted hats for all of fashion's favorites including Grace Jones, Iman and Naomi Campbell, and now you can see the designer at work in this 20-year retrospective taken by the one photographer allowed in his studio, Kevin Davies.

Phillip Treacy by Kevin Davies, Published by Phaidon press, $59.95, phaidon.com.

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Philip Treacy fitting Naomi Campbell in a custom creation for the Royal Ascot race in England in 2002.

"She was supposed to travel by helicopter to Ascot, but by the time she was ready to go we were running so late that a no-fly zone had been set up around the venue. An open-top Bentley was quickly found as a replacement. I will always remember the young waitresses at the hotel coming out to see her. She's so beautiful in the flesh that you can't just look - you stare." -Phillip Treacy

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Grace Jones photographed in London in 1998 wearing one of Treacy's bold designs.

"One of the most unusual and interesting people I've ever met. Grace loves wearing hats and I love making them, so it was the beginning of a marriage made in heaven." -Phillip Treacy

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YSL: Pret-A-Porter is a book both you and your little one can share. It's a coloring, activity and history book all-in-one, featuring Yves Saint Laurent's sketches, close-ups of his prints and a deeper look into his design process in a way that's fun and creative.

YSL: Pret-A-Porter, Abrams Image, $18.95, amazon.com.

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Original Yves Saint Laurent sketches and the specific color palette the designer used to guide you.

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Original Yves Saint Laurent sketches for you to customize in the colors of your choice.

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Roger Vivier highlights the work of the talented Parisian shoe designer and his meticulous creations worn by the likes of Queen Elizabeth II and Elizabeth Taylor. It's a book filled with shoes –– what's not to love?

Roger Vivier, published by Rizzoli, $75, rizzoli.com.

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Vivier's signature buckle pump.

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Vivier's bold blocked sandals.


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