Bound by the book

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Make space on your cof­fee ta­ble for The Im­pos­si­ble

Col­lec­tion of Fash­ion, by the lux­ury book company As­souline. Priced at Dh2,940, the book showcases 100 of the most iconic dresses of the 20th cen­tury.

From Poiret to Pucci, Doucet to Dior and Vion­net to Valentino, the au­thor Va­lerie Steele of­fers an inside look at how th­ese dresses shaped the world of fash­ion. This and a host of other fash­ion-friendly tomes are now avail­able at En Vogue, a newly opened show­room sell­ing high-end fur­nish­ings, gi s and ac­ces­sories on Jumeirah Beach Road in Dubai.

As­souline, known for its belief that a book, when art­fully cra ed and care­fully con­sid­ered in its visual con­tent, can help “open our eyes and minds”, cre­ates prod­ucts that are more akin to works of art. One of the company’s defin­ing fea­tures is that each book is hand-bound – a rare process in an era where e-books and mass-mar­keted pa­per­backs reign supreme.

Paul Vo­gel, one of As­souline’s book­binders, has been in the trade for 30 years and has stream­lined the process, both for the books cur­rently on of­fer and for cus­tomised texts. There are cur­rently seven styles avail­able, with the bind­ing ma­te­ri­als rang­ing from cloth to full leather, with a range of per­mu­ta­tions in-be­tween. As­souline’s books match ev­ery price range and Vo­gel stands by the idea that the bind­ing doesn’t need to be the most ex­pen­sive to be “the nicest”. Other ti­tles on of­fer at En Vogue in­clude Dior, a three-vol­ume col­lec­tion that fea­tures the most en­dur­ing images from the brand’s his­tory, and Chanel, a fully up­dated tril­ogy that re­veals the spirit and her­itage of the House of Chanel.

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