Gift Guide-Coffee Table Books

This combination of cover images shows, from left, Worn on this Day: The Clothes that Made History,” by Kimberly Chrisman-Campbell, “Supreme Models: Iconic Black Women Who Revolutionized Fashion,” by Marcellas Reynolds, “Ralph Lauren: In His Own Fashion,” by Alan Flusser and "Ballerina: Fashion's Modern Muse," by Patricia Mears. (Running Press/Abrams (2)/Vendome via AP)

“Worn on this Day: The Clothes that Made History,” by Kimberly Chrisman-Campbell. Running Press.

Space suits, Olympic uniforms, armor: Centuries of garments are revealed. The book time hops in a calendar format. On Oct. 13, 1970, Angela Davis was captured at a motel, almost unrecognizable with her “Black Power” afro straightened and pulled under a short wig. Starting Sept. 1, 1941, Jews in Germany were required to wear a yellow Star of David sewn to their clothes.

$28. Available on Amazon.

“Supreme Models: Iconic Black Women Who Revolutionized Fashion,” by Marcellas Reynolds. Abrams.

From the first to make it into catalogs and onto the covers of magazines to runway stars past and present, this book pays homage to black models. Iman Abdulmajid, included, once said: “I’ll be truly happy when we’re not counting the number of ethnically diverse models on a fashion runway or campaign...”

$50. Available on Amazon.

“Ralph Lauren: In His Own Fashion,” by Alan Flusser. Abrams.

How did little Ralph Lifshitz, born to Jewish immigrants of modest means in the Bronx, become the mighty Ralph Lauren? For starters, he scrutinized the style of 1940s Hollywood stars. But when it came to westerns, Lauren wanted to be Randolph Scott, the “tough, trail-worn cowboy,” rather than the clean-shaven hero riding the white horse, Flusser writes. The book coincides with a new HBO documentary, “Very Ralph.”

$50. Available on Amazon.

“Ballerina: Fashion’s Modern Muse,” by Patricia Mears, Laura Jacobs, Jane Pritchard, Rosemary Harden and Joel Lobenthal. Vendome.

The early 20th century included the rise of the ballerina as a cultural figure and the iconic tutu as inspiration for a new style of dress, Mears writes. The influence continues today. See the progression through meaty text and archival photos, stretching from the Ballets Russes of the 1930s to Rei Kawakubo’s tulle and chiffon skirt and “Biker Ballerina” leather jacket for Comme des Garcons in 2005.

$60. Available on Amazon.

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