The Aesthete

The Aesthete is the serious art lover with a more contemporary bent; wants books that are visually stunning or made with unusual production techniques; is into fashion and all things beautiful 

Elsa Schiaparelli Cover Image
ISBN: 9780307701596
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Knopf Publishing Group - October 7th, 2014

This is the first biography of influential French designer and lesser-known contemporary of Chanel, Elsa Schiaparelli. More famous than Coco in their time, Schiaparelli had relationships with Surrealists and approached clothing as a form of social revolution. Her biography is the perfect gift for fashion buffs and anyone interested in early 20th century avant garde culture.

33 Artists in 3 Acts Cover Image
ISBN: 9780393240979
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - November 3rd, 2014

3 ARTISTS IN 3 ACTS is a fascinating "behind-the-scenes" look into the creative lives of a diverse array of contemporary artists. It's less about artworks than the work of art, how these individuals cultivate their public personas and how that affects their artistic output and its reception. Koons, Ai, Orozco, Sherman, and others make appearances. A perfect gift idea for anyone enamored by the intersection of life and art.

Eames: Beautiful Details Cover Image
ISBN: 9781623260316
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Published: Ammo Books - November 1st, 2014

This eyecatching slip-cased mongraph of everyone's favorite husband/wife design team, EAMES: BEAUTIFUL DETAILS, explores the intersection of the Eames' professional and private lives. It's filled with candid snapshots recounting their creative processes and unique personalities, not to mention stunning photographs of their varied works--art, furniture, product design--it's all here. EAMES: BEAUTIFUL DETAILS will make a great gift for design buffs and anyone looking to, as Charles would say, "take their pleasure seriously."

Art in Time: A World History of Styles and Movements Cover Image
By The Editors of Phaidon Press, Gauvin Alexander Bailey (Contribution by), Matthew McKelway (Contribution by)
ISBN: 9780714867373
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Published: Phaidon Press - September 22nd, 2014

ART IN TIME is an incredible historical overview of artistic movements with a twist! Organized in reverse-chronological order, it allows the reader to trace the connections between varied styles from around the world all the way back to the Classical era. Including timelines, expert essays and representational works from each movement all presented in Phaidon quality, ART IN TIME is an indespinable addition for any reader of art history.

Women in Clothes Cover Image
ISBN: 9780399166563
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Published: Riverhead Books - September 4th, 2014

An incredible collection of conversations between hundreds of women on the subject of clothes and how they define their lives. WOMEN IN CLOTHES is a beautiful and very hip compendium of thoughts, photos and collections that will please any fashion lover on your list this year. 

French Art Deco Cover Image
ISBN: 9780300204308
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Published: Metropolitan Museum of Art New York - November 4th, 2014

Early in the 20th century, the French invented Art Deco. The design aesthetics of the modern world have never been the same since. Collecting examples of all facets from furniture to fashion, FRENCH ART DECO is the definitive survey of this iconic style. The book is a work of art in itself and sure to make anyone interested in design and art history smile this holiday season.

Viktor Wynd's Cabinet of Wonders Cover Image
By Viktor Wynd, Oskar Proctor (Photographer), Theatre of Dolls (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9783791349060
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Prestel Publishing - November 12th, 2014

All-around eccentric aesthete Viktor Wynd gives readers a guided tour of insane collections of all kinds from around the world. Whether the collection is medical oddities, Victorian-era pornography, taxidermy or random items that are just strange (and stranger when taken together), Wynd views these collectors as "the ultimate artists" today. A beautiful, unique and artsy book, VIKTOR WYND'S CABINET OF WONDERS will make the perfect gift for that oddball in your life.

Vogue and the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute: Parties, Exhibitions, People Cover Image
By Hamish Bowles, Chloe Malle (Editor), Anna Wintour (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9781419714245
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Published: Harry N. Abrams - September 23rd, 2014

Every year, Vogue and the Met collaborate for the annual Costume Institute exhibit, featuring astonishing combinations of fashion and art. Covering the past fourteen years of exhibits in sumptuous photographs, this beautiful volume features now classic shows centering on Coco Chanel, Alexander McQueen, Punk Couture and more! It's total decadent beauty and will make a stunning gift for those interested in fashion, art and how the two interact.

Men in This Town: London, Tokyo, Sydney, Milan, New York Cover Image
ISBN: 9781742707815
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Published: Hardie Grant Books - September 2nd, 2014

A candid lookbook of men's fashion! MEN IN THIS TOWN collects photos of stylish men in everyday urban settings, including London, Tokyo, Sydney, New York, and Milan, dahlin' Milan! These are not models, just well-groomed dudes who capture the fashion sense of these diverse cities. A beautiful book at a great pricepoint, it's sure to please the menswear aficionado in your life.

Breakfast at Sotheby's: An A-Z of the Art World Cover Image
ISBN: 9781468309669
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Overlook Press - October 2nd, 2014

BREAKFAST AT SOTHEBY'S is an insider account of the famous art auction house, written by a man who worked there for three decades. It's an interesting, tongue-in-cheek look into the business side of the artworld that explains how/why certain works cost as much as they do and all the level of speculation involved in purchasing a masterpiece. A great read for anyone with an interest in art history and the business of culture.

Faithful and Virtuous Night Cover Image
ISBN: 9780374152017
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Published: Farrar Straus Giroux - September 9th, 2014

FAITHFUL AND VIRTUOUS NIGHT is a new collection from one of the most renowned poets working today. Louise Gluck provides the reader with a guided journey into the nocturnal life of the mind. Written in numerous voices and forms, these poems create a single, dreamlike narrative arch that is sure to appeal to all poetry lovers. A luminous volume!

Fragrant: The Secret Life of Scent Cover Image
ISBN: 9781594631412
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Published: Riverhead Books - October 16th, 2014

FRAGRANT provides an expert's insight into the history of scent and how it affects our lives. Focusing on five of the world's most popular scents--cinnamon, mint, frankincense, ambergris, and jasmine, renowned artisan perfumer Mandy Aftel explores the history behind these fragrances and the psychology of scent that makes them so appealing to us. Includes recipes! FRAGRANT is a terrific gift idea those enamored with beauty of all kinds.

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