Enjoy a visual feast with these extraordinary books featuring beautiful fashion, jewellery, gardens and glorious landscapes
Although our favourite series might be drawing to a close with the upcoming Christmas special, you can relive all six seasons with this fabulous book.
The book takes you through all the iconic moments of the series – from Matthew and Isabel Crawley arriving at Downton for the first time, to Cora’s tragic miscarriage and much more. It also includes interviews with the well-loved cast, alongside exclusive behind-the-scenes photography. With stunning location shots and stills from all series, this is a must-have coffee table book for any Downton fan.
Lisa Eldridge is an esteemed makeup artist who has thrown her passion into this stunning book about the history of makeup.
Going through the ages, Eldridge beautifully explains makeup’s development, from face decoration using kohls and paints, to the slick compacts we use today. She looks at the histories behind trends and specific items we use so often, and she points out the pioneers and muses who have made beauty history, including Max Factor and Audrey Hepburn.
Full of stunning pictures and fascinating stories, this book should be waiting under the Christmas tree for any beauty lover.
If you’re a lover of architecture, or just a little bit nosy about how the ‘other half’ live, then delve inside James Stourton’s ‘Great Houses of London’. The book opens the doors to the greatest and grandest houses in London (and indeed the world), telling the stories of its owners and occupants, the artists and architects and their restoration, adaptation and change.
The book shows how these houses are often hidden behind sober facades, with astonishing interiors, giving you an exclusive peek inside. The photos by Fritz von der Schulenberg are simply breathtaking.
New this year, ‘Great Houses of London’ would make a beautiful present.
Photographer Lynn Terry took snaps of dogs in a vintage photobooth to raise awareness for local animal shelters and compiled them into this adorable book. In each photograph, the dogs’ personalities shine through as they play, smile, snarl and sleep in her photobooth.
The book captures why dogs really are man’s best friend – it showcases their personalities, sense of humour, their need to socialise and their willingness to improvise.
‘Tails from the Booth’ is sure to put a smile on any animal-lover’s face!
Vogue covers are truly iconic – they have set the tone for fashions and trends for decades, and this gorgeous book compiles the very best.
It showcases over 100 years of American Vogue, including 300 of the most beautiful, provocative, fashion-forward covers ever produced. Alongside the full-page images, it tells the history and stories behind each of the covers – some of which is quite unexpected.
No fashion-lover’s coffee table should be without it.
The NEW Sylva: A Discourse of Forest & Orchard Trees is a visually sumptuous book about British trees and woodland for the Twenty-First Century. In 1664 the horticulturist John Evelyn published Sylva, the first comprehensive study of trees. New authors Gabriel Hemery & Sarah Simblet have created a contemporary version, bringing the new work to life with breathtaking artwork and a detailed profile of the most important species of tree in our landscape.
It’s hard to tell what’s more delicious at Ladurée, whether the exquisite macaroons or the magnificent decor that draws inspiration from three style icons of the past: Madame de Pompadour in the 18th century, Empress Eugenia in the Second Empire and Madeleine Castaing in the early 20th century. This visually enticing book brings the Ladurée style to life and points to how we can bring it into our own homes.
This delicious peek into the Chanel archive zooms in on the house’s most iconic fashion designs – including, of course, the Little Black Dress – and the accessories that made them perfect.
Sometimes all it takes is one item to completely change the course of fashion history – and this book shows all the dresses that did just that.
From the 1915 Delphos pleated dress to Hussein Chalayan’s 2007 LED dress, this book showcases those frocks that have made a substantial impact in the world of British design today.
Featuring 147 images, many of which have never been published before, this extraordinary book explores the relationship between film stars and their dogs during Hollywood’s Golden Age. See Audrey Hepburn with her Yorkshire Terrier, Clark Gable with an English Setter and dogs that became stars in their own right – Lassie, Asta and Rin Tin Tin.
Eleven influential women, including the Duchess of Windsor, Maria Callas and film star Merle Oberon, were prodigious collectors of exquisite jewellery that is lavishly represented alongside the worlds they inhabited.
A fabulous guide to home decorating, with definitive professional advice on all aspects of interior design. Sumptuously illustrated with photographs and room schemes that are bound to inspire any home owner.
A celebration of our crowning glory that will appeal to all fashion addicts. Featuring archival and modern images and witty and informative commentaries from fashion gurus and stylists.
Opening the door to Orla Kiely’s own home, this gorgeous book offers insights and inspiration into how you can turn a house into a home.
This amazing visual journey through over 1,000 remarkable vintage pieces sold in the resale market includes tips for buying and an address book of the best addresses for vintage shopping round the world.
150 years of fashion in a comprehensive illustrated A-Z guide to the pioneering designers, influential photographers and international models who have made the fashion industry what it is today.