Leave these stylish reads on show to impress your guests
Time Out Dubai staff
Dior Couture by Demarchelier Patrick Demarchelier Few people in the world can claim to have sat front-row at a haute-couture fashion show. For those not lucky enough to be on Anna Wintour’s guest list, this tome is the next best thing, offering a chance to meander down the Christian Dior catwalk for a close-up of some of the most exclusive fashion in the world. It presents a portfolio of more than 100 iconic gowns, each shot by fashion photographer Patrick Demarchelier (the famed snapper had a cameo in the first Sex and the City film – he can be seen taking pictures during Carrie’s fashion shoot for Vogue). Each portrait provides a glimpse of Christian Dior’s haute-couture collections, including dresses designed by Dior himself and those of his successors, Yves Saint Laurent, Marc Bohan and John Galliano. Dhs117, www.amazon.co.uk.
Steve McCurry: The Iconic Photographs Steve McCurry This colossal book may cost more than your actual coffee table, but it contains plenty for photography fans to get their teeth into. Award-winning American photographer and photojournalist Steve McCurry is best known for ‘Afghan Girl’, the striking image that appeared on the June 1985 cover of National Geographic magazine. He has since documented many international conflicts including the Gulf War, the Iran/Iraq conflict and the situation in Cambodia; some of his most memorable images are reproduced here slightly larger than life size, complete with extended captions. All are shown at either full-page size or as double-page spreads. You may want to cut them out and frame them. Dhs934, www.amazon.co.uk.
Couture in the 21st Century Deborah Bee Photographer John Rankin (renowned for capturing the wit and personality of his subjects) has teamed up with Harrods of London to create this rare peek inside the world of high-end fashion, with lavish illustrations accompanying personal essays on couture written by today’s most celebrated designers. Fashion greats Giorgio Armani and Oscar de la Renta have penned their own pieces, as have relative newcomers Stefano Pilati (head designer at YSL) and Riccardo Tisci (creative director at Givenchy). The book captures the allure of couture in the hands of the world’s best-known designers – if you can’t have custom-made dresses, at least you can now own pictures of them. Dhs150, www.amazon.co.uk.
3D Street Art: Anamorphic Street Paintings Birgit Krols Banksy’s ubiquitous influence means anyone who’s anyone is now a devotee of urban art. But today it’s no longer sufficient to spray-paint a stencil onto a bus shelter – these days it’s 3D anamorphic pavement art, invented in the ’80s by Kurt Wenner, that’s dominating the street-art agenda. These two-dimensional images are painted using complicated perspective techniques, so they appear in three dimensions when viewed from a specific spot. This book introduces some of the globe’s top 3D street artists and is filled with examples of their work: a fascinating look at the way modern art is making its mark on the world’s streets. Dhs143.50, www.bookdepository.co.uk.
Pulled: A Catalog of Screen Printing Mike Perry Popularised in the ’60s, screen printing has long proven its worth as an art form. Here, author Mike Perry collects the work of more than 40 of today’s most talented screen-print designers. This is a visual library of the technique, revealing exactly what can be achieved with this cost-effective method: get your inks out for the illustrated How-To chapter. Dhs86, www.amazon.co.uk.
Style 101 ITP Publishing Style 101 (pronounced One-Oh-One), put simply, is a list and visual celebration of the most stylish people, products and places in Dubai. Aspirational, inspiring and intelligent, it’s rather like the shopping list of a successful, sophisticated Dubaian, ranging from the most stylish car, café, bar or boat, to the most well-designed chair or coffee cup, to the most switched-on, sleek Dubai residents (to get to know, rather than buy, that is). Beautifully designed and stylishly simple, this book is guaranteed to complement your lounge. Dhs180 at all major bookstores, including Virgin Megastore.