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It’s no se­cret that we love books and are al­ways on the look­out for new and ex­cep­tional ad­di­tions to our grow­ing col­lec­tion. Th­ese are the lat­est re­leases to have made the grade.

High Fash­ion: The 20th Cen­tury Decade by Decade by Em­manuelle Dirix Far from a cof­fee ta­ble book, this well-il­lus­trated guide looks at the sig­nif­i­cant stylis­tic changes that oc­curred over the past cen­tury, plac­ing them in their wider cul­tural and so­cioe­co­nomic con­text. The de­sign­ers whose work best rep­re­sents their era are pro­filed and their key looks de­con­structed from the ver­ti­cal sil­hou­ette of the 1900s to the min­i­mal­ism of the 1990s. Com­bin­ing thought­ful anal­y­sis with a care­fully cu­rated se­lec­tion of archival images, this is an in­valu­able re­source for stu­dents and en­thu­si­asts alike.

Keep­ers of the Golden Shore: A His­tory of the United Arab Emi­rates by Michael Quentin Mor­ton The UAE as we know it came into ex­is­tence when Great Bri­tain signed the 1971 Treaty of Friend­ship, mark­ing the end of its pres­ence in the re­gion. Mor­ton traces the ex­tra­or­di­nary his­tory of how the re­gion’s im­pov­er­ished tribal so­ci­eties be­came one of the rich­est con­glom­er­ates of na­tions to­day by cov­er­ing the emer­gence of Oman af­ter the rise of Is­lam, the rise and fall of the pearling in­dus­try, the hun­gry years of the Sec­ond World War and the dis­cov­ery of oil.

In­ter­na­tional Year­book Com­mu­ni­ca­tion De­sign 2015/16 by Peter Zec As the stan­dard ref­er­ence for in­ter­na­tional com­mu­ni­ca­tion de­sign, this lat­est year­book show­cases the de­vel­op­ments in the in­dus­try through the world’s best cre­ative cam­paigns. You’ll find every­thing from achieve­ments in cor­po­rate and brand de­sign, pub­lish­ing and print me­dia, posters, ty­pog­ra­phy, il­lus­tra­tions to spa­tial com­mu­ni­ca­tion, film and an­i­ma­tion, sound and game de­sign, apps and in­ter­face de­sign as well as the trend-set­ting de­sign­ers awarded with the Red Dot awards.

On Yoga: The Ar­chi­tec­ture of Peace by Michael O’neill Pho­tog­ra­pher Michael O’neill set out to make por­traits of the most in­flu­en­tial yo­gis of our time but for this book his drive to look past the per­son­al­i­ties took him be­yond the tra­di­tional epi­cen­tres to med­i­tate with monks in the Ti­betan Plateau, live with sad­hus in their tents at the Kumbh Mela, and mar­vel at the boys who prac­tice the lit­tle known dis­ci­pline of Mal­lakhamba. The re­sult is 200 never-be­fore-seen images that pay homage to a thou­sand-year-old prac­tice through the eyes of its masters.

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