Coffee table books make the perfect presents. Here are our top five lingerie books to treat a yourself or a loved one this christmas ...
La Perla - Lingerie & Desire
A gorgeously illustrated book showcasing the exquisite high-end lingerie from the world-renowned Italian brand La Perla. La Perla is celebrated for its sophisticated, sexy, and beautifully designed and crafted lingerie. The company was founded by Ada Masotti, an artisan skilled in the tradition of handcrafted Italian corsetry, in 1954 when she opened a small lingerie boutique in Bologna. She combined her impeccable craftsmanship and understanding of women’s bodies to fulfil their growing desire to possess undergarments that were not only functional but also beautiful and alluring. This is the only book ever published on the glamorous and delicate lingerie produced by La Perla throughout its history. The book first pays homage to the Italian craftsmanship, including the use of fine Italian fabrics, that helped to establish La Perla as the maker of sophisticated couture lingerie, and that continues with today’s collections to set the company apart from other brands. Then it showcases the exceptional intimate garments the company has created throughout the years with gorgeous archival images as well as sexy, sumptuous photographs of the latest collections.
Agent Provocateur - The 4 dreams of Miss X
An astounding collaboration between Agent Provocateur, Mike Figgis and Kate Moss, "The 4 Dreams of Miss X" breaks new ground. Genius innovators in haute couture, AP have commissioned Mike Figgis to portray Moss in her first acting role, resulting in four unique films: "Shadows", "Scale", "Exhibitionist and "Narcissus" - "The 4 Dreams of Miss X". Shot in night vision, these films are intensely intimate: a beautiful woman's private dream experiences.
A body clad in satin and lace is more erotic than nudity. Women have always known it and men probably will not disagree. Lingerie has an inspiring effect. Also on designers. They dedicate all their finesse to a tiny piece of nothing, the fabric dreams are made of. Patrice Farameh, specialist for exquisite lifestyle products, has set out on an voyage of discovery and discovered the 30 most exciting labels. Skilfully put in the limelight by the best photographers, fragile sensual masterpieces unfold in the shape of 160 large illustrations. The book offers deep insights into the world of clinging enticements that presents itself, radiant and sexy.
Contemporary Lingerie Design
The design of lingerie is often seen as a mystery, even by professionals working in other sectors of the fashion industry. This book aims to explain the processes at work and the many unexpected influences that shape the colour, silhouettes, and decoration.
The book documents the rise of the deluxe lingerie brand. This interest in luxury labels has led many young designers to chose lingerie as a creative outlet?conscious of fashion, but also with a clear view of their own "lingerie world".
Contemporary Lingerie Design features the work of 30 lingerie designers from around the world, bringing out the individuality of each designer and providing a compelling insight into their working methods. Beautifully illustrated throughout, it presents inspirational images from the designers' collections alongside their sketches and mood boards.
Lillian Bassman - Lingerie
Through the 1950s and the early 1960s, working with that era’s supermodels, fashion photographer Lillian Bassman created the quintessential modern feminine image of women in their lingerie. As Ginia Bellafante put it in the New York Times recently, “In place of heavyset women constraining themselves in what was essentially equipment, Ms. Bassman deployed immeasurably lithe models, conveying a world in which women seemed to linger in the pleasures of their own sensuality.” Fifty years later, these images have lost none of their allure, and the enormous cultural impact of the TV show Mad Men has given them new currency. This book provides a collection of sensual images from Lillian Bassman.