Brush up on cin­ema and style with these deca­dent cof­fee-ta­ble books


Christo­pher Laverty ex­am­ines the mem­o­rable cos­tumes cre­ated by fash­ion de­sign­ers over the years. Most peo­ple are fa­mil­iar with Hu­bert de Givenchy’s role in Break­fast at Tif­fany’s and Ralph Lau­ren’s suits in An­nie Hall, but did you know that Dolce & Gab­bana had a hand in Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo + Juliet or Bill Blass in The Devil Wears Prada? Now you know. FASH­ION IN FILM BY CHRISTO­PHER LAVERTY, $70, BOOK­STORES

Th is fun il­lus­trated book will bring you up to speed on the most iconic on­screen styles of our favourite char­ac­ters from Louise Brooks to Olivia Pope. Th is pocket-sized ref­er­ence should be kept be­side the couch for time con­sul­ta­tions. FICTIONALLY FAB­U­LOUS BY ANNE KEENAN HIG­GINS, $24, BOOK­STORES ON APRIL 4

The stars who be­longed to Hol­ly­wood’s Golden Age were the epit­ome of glam­our—think Mary Pick­ford, Marlene Di­et­rich, Vivien Leigh et al. As this book demon­strates, they partly owe their iconic sta­tus to the many black-and-white pho­to­graphs from the John Kobal Foun­da­tion. HOL­LY­WOOD ICONS BY ROBERT DANCE, $88, BOOK­STORES

Steve Schapiro and Lawrence Schiller pho­tographed Babs dur­ing her fi rst five years in the busi­ness; fast-for­ward a few decades and the pho­tos have been com­piled in this an­thol­ogy, which boasts a wealth of images that haven’t been pub­lished un­til now. BAR­BRA BY STEVE SCHAPIRO & LAWRENCE SCHILLER, $90, BOOK­STORES

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