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Col­lect­ing books is an ad­dic­tion. I have hun­dreds, all of them vis­ual – pho­tog­ra­phy, art or il­lus­tra­tion. I have a trol­ley that I load up with books I want to keep aside for some­thing I’m work­ing on. Vic­to­rian fam­ily photo al­bum: this vel­vet-backed book is one of a set of three, and it fol­lows a Vic­to­rian fam­ily through 50 years via in­di­vid­ual head­shots. I got it in a flea mar­ket in New York. The Fourth Sex by Francesco Bon­ami: this is a bril­liant book about youth cul­ture – ev­ery­thing from art to film to mu­sic, and all about ado­les­cents. There are pic­tures from Sofia Cop­pola’s Vir­gin Sui­cides, old im­ages from i-d mag­a­zine. David Hock­ney: this is a cat­a­logue for Hock­ney’s pho­tog­ra­phy ex­hi­bi­tion at the Pom­pi­dou. The Fam­ily of Man by Ed­ward Ste­ichen: the cat­a­logue from Ste­ichen’s 1955 ret­ro­spec­tive at MOMA. It’s about 500 im­ages that fol­low hu­man­ity from birth to death. I love buy­ing books of ex­hi­bi­tions – I of­ten buy the book be­fore I see the show. Yves Saint Lau­rent: Yves was prob­a­bly my favourite de­signer. The book next to it is about Nan Kempner, one of his most faith­ful cou­ture clients. She bought her first dress in the 1960s and was still buy­ing them 30 years later;

I like look­ing at them grow­ing to­gether. Garbo: we had this book in the set for the au­tumn/win­ter 2015 show. Good­bye Pi­casso by David Dun­can: Dun­can fol­lowed Pi­casso around for the last year of his life, 1973, and they es­tab­lished a good ca­ma­raderie. The colours are ex­tra­or­di­nary, par­tic­u­larly in the im­ages from Pi­casso’s stu­dio. The cover is coarse jute in a spe­cific shade of pink that Pi­casso chose to match one of his paint­ings. Snow­don: A Life in View by Frances von Hof­mannsthal, and Lon­don by Antony Arm­strong-jones: I love Lord Snow­don; he was the provost when I was at the Royal Col­lege of Art, so he gave me my diploma.

er­dem’s stu­dio in Hack­ney, east Lon­don

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