Jan 01, 2005

This month brings a glorious selection of new fashion titles to choose from. Own your luxury staples on the page, if not in the flesh. Louis Vuitton: The Birth of Modern Luxury, by Paul-Gerard Pasols (Abrams), is a history of the well-known house as it grew from trunk maker to creator of some of the world’s most coveted accessories. For the fashion-forward among us, Pierre Cardin has always been a legend. Elisabeth Längle, a close friend of the designer’s, has written Pierre Cardin: Fifty Years of Fashion and Design (Vendome) about the man behind the famously futuristic looks. For more than 30 years, artist, illustrator, and designer Jean-Paul Goude has turned his exquisite aesthetic sense on everything from jewelry to video advertising. In So Far So Goude (Assouline), Goude and Patrick Mauriès present highlights of Goude’s work from the ‘60s to today, analyzing his many and varied influences along the way. For an overview, i-D magazine’s Terry Jones and Susie Rushton have created a comprehensive guide, Fashion Now 2 (Taschen), featuring not only the most established couturiers (Karl Lagerfeld, John Galliano) but also the rising stars of street style (A Bathing Ape, Silas).