A Look at Some of the Exciting New Fashion, Style, Design and Art Books In the Stores Now and a Preview of the Best of the Fall Books to Come
By Phillip Johnson
The Books You Should Buy Now
Alexandre Reza by Vivienne Becker
Photographed by Laziz Hamani
Publishing Date: MAY 2012
(11¾ X 15¾ IN / 29.5 X 39.5 CM / 186 Pages, Limited Edition Printed on Cotton Paper and Presented in a Suede Clamshell Case)
Alexandre Reza was one of the most incredible private gem collectors in the world. At his exclusive Paris atelier, Reza acquired the highest-quality jewels from the finest dealers to craft all-new, singular designs. Part of Assouline‘s Ultimate Collection, this beautiful volume is filled with original photography by the esteemed Laziz Hamani.
For the past five decades, gemologist Alexandre Reza has been one of Paris’s and indeed, the world’s most exclusive jewelers, a master artisan and exporter based in Place Vendome, the heart of fashion and luxury. According to auction house Sotheby’s, “movement, lightness, composition, and harmony are the key words of his designs.” Alexandre Reza was born in 1922 in Moscow, of ancient Samarkand heritage. The son of a jeweler, Alexandre moved to France with his family when he was a child. He set out on his own at the age of 18, the same time as the onset of World War II. After the war, Alexandre Reza began his career as a diamond expert, traveling extensively to source each stone, which served as the key design inspiration for his work. During this time, he supplied gems to jewelry brands such as Boucheron, Bulgari, Cartier, Chaumet, Gerard, Harry Winston, and Van Cleef & Arpels. After more than three decades of acquiring and selectively selling fine diamonds, He founded his jewelry house in 1981 on the Place Vendome in Paris. He also established retail presence in Geneva and in the South of France to offer Haute Joaillerie (suites of necklaces, bracelets, earrings, rings, and objet de art made from rare diamonds, emeralds, rubies, and sapphires).
The diamonds, sapphires, emeralds, and rubies of his collections have seen the most extravagant centuries and times, from French monarchies to Persian dynasties to the Italian Renaissance. And yet Reza’s precious stones are never meant to be an antiquated homage to a prestigious past; a creator by instinct, Reza takes history as inspiration rather than for reproduction. His handcrafted pieces mix ages and eras to create something special a “harmonization of contradictory forces,” according to historian Arlette Seta. This monumental edition, part of Assouline‘s Ultimate Collection, presents more than one hundred rare pieces of Reza’s creations, and includes a history of the famed gem house in archival documents and vintage photography.
Vivienne Becker is a jewelry historian, journalist, and author of books on antique and 20th-century jewelry design, including Art Nouveau Jewelry and Fabulous Costume Jewelry. She collaborated with former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright on the best-selling book Read My Pins: Stories from a Diplomat’s Jewel Box (2009). She is a contributing editor for How to Spend It, the Financial Times luxury magazine, writes for Saturday Telegraph magazine, and lectures regularly.
The DivaGirl’s Guide to Style and Self-Respect
By Cheryl Ann Wadlington with Sonya Beard
Publishing Date; March 2012
(ISBN: 978-0-9824945-7-8, Softcover, 277 pages, Fashion, Style, Self-Help/Young Adult Non-Fiction, $15.95, The Elevator Group Publishing)
Fashion has so permeated throughout our society sometimes for the good, sometimes for bad that we have whole generations of girls who want to be supermodel divas, acts like supermodel divas but they are ministers without portfolios. They believe it’s okay to be dress inappropriately, to be disrespectful and labor under the belief that everyone around them should accept such behavior because, well, they are modern day Lucrezia Borgias and Catherine de Medicis; and, to paraphrase the commercial, they’re worth it. At least, that’s what’s in their minds. They believe it’s okay, a la Naomi Campbell, to have an eruption and heave a cellphone at your assistant. They imagine they are invincible and that nothing can hurt them. They are so very, very wrong.
The DivaGirl’s Guide to Style and Self-Respect by Cheryl Ann Wadlington with Sonya Beard is not just a thoughtfully crafted and often fun (read and) treatise for pre-teen and teenage girls on how to advance in the world in a positive and constructive way, I see it as a manual for living that applies to everyone, boys included, who needs help maneuvering through the treacherous waters they encounter in life. It’s not enough today just to be book-smart; you also need street-smart, have uncommon commonsense, be willing to ask for assistance in matters of etiquette (socially, business or otherwise, example at a social affair, you start your meal using the outside utensils first and eat your way in), and most importantly, someone who sees you going down a bad path to come to your rescue and save you from bad decisions that could derail your life in ways you least expected. Ms. Wadlington and Ms. Beard are two such people.
Co-author Cheryl Ann Wadlington is one of the nation’s premiere fashion and beauty journalists and a leading consultant in the field of personal growth. An accomplished writer, television personality and sought-after motivational speaker, she has reached millions through publications such as Self, Essence, Life & Style, and The Philadelphia Daily News. She founded Evoluer Image Consultants, an award-winning full-service agency in Philadelphia that provides clients with extensive makeovers, personal shopping and wardrobe management. She also operates the nonprofit organization, The Evoluer House, which has graduated more than 700 socio-economically challenged girls from this highly successful personal development program, which forms the basis for this book. Ms. Wadlington majored in advertising and communications at the Fashion Institute of Technology and Fashion Merchandising at Bauder Fashion College. She also served on the faculty of the Temple University School of Communications and the advisory board of Cheyney University’s Fashion Merchandising program.
But before all of these wonderfully positive things, she was a teenage girl who thought she was a diva; that the world revolves around her.
As she wrote in the introduction, “[In my years in the fashion industry], I’ve had a blast! I’ve rubbed shoulders with tons of celebrities. I’ve worked side-by-side with some of the biggest names in fashion. And I’ve helped ordinary people become extraordinary. But I didn’t just wake up fascinating, I took so many wrong turns; it’s amazing I didn’t end up in a ditch somewhere. But this is what I’ve learned: It’s okay to fall. Just get back up and keep on strutting. That’s a DivaGirl mantra to live by.”
The DivaGirl’s Guide to Style and Self-Respect is the answer to the help me cries she has heard over the years. This book isn’t full of random or empty platitudes. It’s about highlighting the problem and working towards a suitable solution. This book, through blunt straight talk and a sense of humor will offer young girls the tools to navigate conflict with friends, teachers, parents and others, communicating effectively in person, on the phone, and especially in cyberspace, Respect and appreciate her body with tips for dressing and accessorizing, Hone her interpersonal skills to safely and graciously navigate various socio-economic settings, Manage love relationships and making smart decisions about sex, Maintain her self-image, self-esteem and self-respect by recognizing and developing her own true beauty inside and out; and ways to work on getting the right type of attention at school, from boys, in public and at home.
Interspersed throughout the book are words of sage advice and wisdom from an all-star panel of experts in various fields including former Miss USA Kenya Moore, former U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Joycelyn Elders, singer and actress Eve, DJ Diamond Kuts, Millie Bell, President of DermHA & Skin Health Solutions, Dr. Tiffany D. Saunders, Licensed Psychologist & Certified School Psychologist and celebrity fashion stylist Micah Lamar. Again, the advice they give in the book is relevant to everyone’s lives, not just to teenage girls.
The applause from the industry, the public and the critics in has been generally very receptive to DivaGirl. Fern Mallis, creator of New York Fashion Week and consultant to the future of fashion, led the charge: “I wish The DivaGirl’s Guide had been around when I was a teen. Cheryl Ann has it right. And I always tell those I mentor, Be Nice!”
Sonya Beard, writing with Ms. Wadlington, is a nationally award-winning journalist, and spent more than five years at In Style, the international fashion magazine at Time Inc. She served as a media consultant for Kulture2Couture, a fashion initiative by the Mayor’s Office of London; and she’s been a freelance book editor who’s worked on beauty and fashion titles, including Soul Style: Black Women Redefining the Color of Fashion and Black Hair: Art, Style and Culture. The Temple University graduate is based in Seoul, where she is a contributing writer for Seoul magazine and an expat correspondent for The Korea Herald.
The DivaGirl’s Guide to Style and Self-Respect is available now online at www.amazon.com, Barnes and Noble Bookstores, Target, and other select retail outlets around the country. DivaGirl is also available as an eBook.
The Cartier Collection: Precious Objects
Written by Francois Chaille, Foreword by Franco Cologni
Publication Date: June 12, 2012
(ISBN: 978-2-08-030160-4, Hardcover, 16-1/4 x 11-1/2, Antiques & Collectibles Jewelry, $575.00 US/$636.00 CAN, Flammarion)
This collectible luxury volume features the master jeweler’s most exquisite objects reproduced in color at actual size and including detailed technical specifications. Presented in a luxurious silk slipcase with ribbon closure, this tome is a tribute to the most precious objects in the Cartier Collection: from opulent gold and black enamel vanity cases set with platinum and rose-cut diamond fleurons to intricate Chinese powder compacts and diamond-encrusted platinum and onyx cuff links, these creations are works of art. This handsome volume recounts the history of the House of Cartier and its sublimation of often everyday items, illustrated with more than 550 pieces along with rare archival material.
Francois Chaille is an art historian and fashion expert. He has written several titles, including The Cartier Collection: Jewelry, The Cartier Collection: Timepieces, Cartier: Creative Writing, Cartier: Innovation through the 20th Century, and Girard-Perregaux. Franco Cologni is Chairman of the Cultural Council of the Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie.
The WAH Nails Book of Nail Art
Written by Sharmadean Reid
Publication Date: July 10, 2012
(ISBN: 978-1-74270-320-6, Hardcover, : 6-1/3 x 7, Design Fashion, $14.95 US/$15.95 CAN, Hardie Grant Books)
This one is a keeper! This is a boldly designed nail-art bible packed with step-by-step instructions to create the hottest trends for your fingertips. Nail art is the fashion trend of the moment, with stars such as Katy Perry, Rihanna, to Lady Gaga all sporting stylish nails. The WAH Nails Salon was the brainchild of Sharmadean Reid, a twenty-something trendsetter from London. In this book she shares twenty-five of her most popular designs, ranging from simple techniques such as newspaper print to the trickier designs like tuxedo nails, leopard print, and more. The beauty of nail art is that it’s a trend that doesn’t break the bank, allowing you to have a touch of super-cool all year round, from your fingers to your toes.
Sharmadean Reid is an entrepreneur, stylist, and brand consultant who opened the first WAH Nails salon in London in 2009. A trickle of customers turned into a flood, and she has now joined forces with Topshop to roll her salons across the UK.
The Barnes Foundation: Masterworks
Written by Judith F. Dolkart, Martha Lucy and Derek Gillman, with Contribution by The Barnes Foundation
Pub Date: May 22, 2012(ISBN: 978-0-8478-3806-6, Hardcover, 8-3/4 x 9-3/4, $40.00 US/$45.00 Can, Skira Rizzoli)
After years of dueling lawsuits and acrimony, On May 19, the Barnes Foundation opened the doors of its controversial new building to the public to generally good reviews from the critics (who feared the collection would lose its unique qualities in the move) and sighs of relief and excitement from art lovers who just wanted to reacquaint themselves with their favorite pieces in the collection. The Barnes Foundation, established by scientist, entrepreneur, and educator Dr. Albert C. Barnes in 1922, is home to a legendary art collection. Dr. Barnes assembled one of the world’s largest and finest groups of post-impressionist and early modern paintings, with holdings by such luminaries as Renoir, Cezanne, Matisse, Picasso, Rousseau, Modigliani, Soutine, Manet, Monet, Seurat, Degas, Van Gogh, and Gauguin. The Foundation’s collection also holds significant examples of American art, including works by Demuth, Glackens, and the Prendergasts; African sculpture; Native American ceramics, jewelry, and textiles; Asian paintings, prints, and sculptures; medieval manuscripts and sculptures; Old Master paintings by El Greco, Rubens, Titian, and others; ancient Egyptian, Greek, and Roman art; and American and European decorative arts and metalwork.
The presentation of the collection one of the things that especially worried the art critic of The New York Times continues to reflect Dr. Barnes’s educational and aesthetic approach: symmetrical ensembles, or wall compositions, combining works of different periods, mediums, cultures, and styles for the purpose of comparison and study. If you can’t get to the Barnes Foundation in downtown Philadelphia to see all these wonderful works up-close and personal, then the selected pieces profiled in The Barnes Foundation: Masterworks featuring large color plates, little-seen archival photographs, and numerous gatefolds illustrating 150 of the greatest hits of the collection and twenty gallery ensembles—will be more than adequate to whet your appetite and keep you sated until you can get to the Barnes Foundation at a later date.
Judith F. Dolkart is Chief Curator of the Barnes Foundation and the author of James Tissot: The Life of Christ (2009). Martha Lucy is an Associate Curator of the Barnes Foundation.
New! PIONEERS OF THE POSSIBLE BY ANGELLA M. NAZARIAN
(7½ X 11″ / 19.5 X 28 CM, 160 PAGES / 100 ILLUSTRATIONS, HARDCOVER WITH JACKET, Assouline)
Pioneers of the Possible, written by Angella M. Nazarian, honor twenty of the world’s most compelling and inspiring women, spanning the last century through today. From a business tycoon to an author, a dancer to a dreamer, a social activist to a spiritual leader, a painter, and even a bullfighter, each one was driven by passion and an ability to imagine and aspire to what did not yet exist. By celebrating these women, Ms. Nazarian shed a brighter light on their collective fearless spirit and how their example can encourage today’s women to strive towards greater and deeper lives. Profiles include Martha Graham, Ella Fitzgerald, Frida Kahlo, Simone de Beauvoir, Wangari Maathai, Estee Lauder, Zaha Hadid, Helen Suzman, and Jacqueline Novogratz. Other women featured in the book includes Amma, Conchita Cintran, Golda Meir, Forugh Farrokhzad, Rigoberta Mencho Tum, Nawal El Moutawakel, Anas Nin, Marina Silva, Somaly Mamchap, and Dharma Master Cheng Yen.
Angella M. Nazarian earned her graduate degree in organizational psychology; and presently facilitates personal development seminars for women. Her short stories, poems, and award-winning verses have appeared in The Moth and the New Millennium Writings journal. She is a contributor to The Huffington Post, More magazine online, and to Maria Shriver’s Women’s Conference. Her first book, Life as a Visitor, was published by Assouline in 2009.
BY Holly Moore, Robert Brinkley, and Laurann Claridge
Publishing Date: JULY 2012
(9½ X 13″ / 24 X 33 CM, 192 PAGES / 170 ILLUSTRATIONS / HARDCOVER WITH JACKET)
Domestic Art: Curated Interiors will lead you on a tour through inspiring and individualistic homes, from a 500-square-foot bedsit to a Philip Johnson architectural wonder. Thirty-five projects in all document nearly a decade of deftly designed and smartly styled interiors from the pages of PaperCity magazine.
In this book, a designer builds her dream home cantilevered over an earthquake fault. A gallery owner brings a circa-1880s house back from the brink of decay and generations of nesting squirrels. The designs range from follies to disciplined mansions, from John and Dominique de Menil’s iconic International Style house outfitted by couturier Charles James to a Philippe Starck laden love nest by Mikyung Chun that channels the Flintstones and the Jetsons. Call it what you will lavish, loopy, fantastical, eccentric assemblages, moody modernism. Whether you browse for inspiration, curiosity, or envy, Domestic Art reveals fascinating snapshots of today’s best, and most intriguing, interior design. Whether you browse for inspiration, curiosity, or envy, Domestic Art: Curated Interiors reveals fascinating, individualistic snapshots of today’s best, and most intriguing, interior design.
Written by Susanna Salk
Pub Date: March 27, 2012
(ISBN: 978-0-8478-3844-8, Hardcover, House & Home Decorating, 8-1/2 x 11, $45.00 US/$50.00 Can, Rizzoli)
Selecting favorite rooms from more than fifty renowned designers such as Kelly Wearstler, Bunny Williams, Albert Hadley, Nate Berkus, and Mary McDonald and shot by the world’s top shelter photographers Susanna Salk offers insightful advice on how to be your own decorator and apply these designers basic design principles to your individual interiors.
Organized into chapters on balance, color, mixing, accessorizing, arrangements, rule breaking, and whimsy, Miss Salk walks the reader through the process of great design, illustrating how the featured designers made the decisions they did to make these rooms look so great. The book’s encouraging, conversational tone, practical tips and ideas, and quotes by the designers themselves explaining their philosophies empower the reader to create stylish, functional, and unique rooms of their very own. Covering a range of styles from traditional to modern, formal to whimsical, and showcasing some of the best work by the best designers of our age, Be Your Own Decorator is a rich and vital resource for the aspiring decorator or someone simply interested in getting a behind-the-scenes view of the process.
Susanna Salk is the author of Room for Children and Weekend Retreats and a contributing editor for 1stdibs.com and ivillage.com, as well as regularly producing decorating segments for NBC’s Today Show.
Once Weddings by Ziad Raphael Nasser
Publishing Date: June 2012
(14 X 17″ / 27.5 X 34 CM, 138 Pages / Over 100 Illustrations / 4 Gatefolds; Hand-
Bound Limited Edition Presented in a Linen Clamshell Case, $695.00, Assouline)
A collection of fabulous celebrations, Once Weddings features some of famed event designer Ziad Raphael Nassar’s most lavish, inspiring fetes from the past decade. Part of Assouline‘s Ultimate Collection, this luxurious oversize limited edition reveals once-in-a-lifetime moments created by Mr. Nassar’s utilizing his immense artistic talent, passion, insight, and phenomenal design skills. Mr. Nassar is the creator of over 100 weddings; and catering to the world’s elite, he boasts among his clientele illustrious names and royal families alike. (To date, Mr. Nasser has designed more than fifty weddings for royal families around the world.) The book’s title refers to Ounce, his premier event planning company. He also founded a lifestyle boutique named Maison SO that offers refined, covetable home accessories and furniture.
Antonio Lopez: Fashion, Art, Sex, and Disco
Written by Roger Padilha and Mauricio Padilha, Contribution by Bill Cunningham, Epilogue by Anna Sui, Introduction by Andre Leon Talley
Pub Date: September 4, 2012
(ISBN: 978-0-8478-3792-2, Hardcover, Design Fashion, 9-1/2 x 12, $65.00US/Can, Rizzoli)
Because I know the Padilha Brothers and have worked with them in the past, I am most excited about this fall 2012 book. Antonio Lopez: Fashion, Art, Sex, and Disco is thefirst complete monograph on Antonio Lopez, the influential Warholian fashion illustrator of the 1960s, 70s, and 80s.
Best known for his dazzling illustrations in Women’s Wear Daily, Vogue, The New York Times, Interview, and for high fashion labels, Antonio Lopez (1943 – 1987) was a major force in the fashion world for three decades. In the 60s, Mr. Lopez’s vibrant illustrations helped usher youth culture into the pages of magazines, setting a new, free-flowing, sexually liberated standard for fashion imagery. Living in Paris during the 70s with his creative partner Juan Ramos, Lopez launched the modeling careers of Jerry Hall, Grace Jones, and Jessica Lange among others, worked with design royalty like Karl Lagerfeld and Yves Saint Laurent, and cultivated a soigne nightlife persona in the blistering-hot underground clubs of Paris. Returning to New York City in 1976, Antonio documented the sexy influence of athletic-wear, puffy, down coats, and break-dancing style, inspiring such designers as Norma Kamali and Anna Sui.
Widely recognized during this period as the world’s most influential fashion illustrator, Antonio’s work took on a deeper, more sculptural dimension in the 80s, richly detailed, with a vivid palette, and heroic proportions and poses. So deft and varied was he in his expression, Antonio Lopez simultaneously executed campaigns for labels as diverse as Norma Kamali, YSL, Valentino, Missoni, and Versace an unprecedented feat in a highly competitive industry.
The prolific Lopez produced an incredible number of drawings, illustrations, paintings, photographs, and fantastic mixed-media journals, and this book showcases his most iconic works, as well as never-before-seen Instamatic photos, behind-the-scenes Polaroids, letters, and ephemera which, together, provide an understanding of the career trajectory of an extraordinarily talented artist, and convey Antonio Lopez’s enduring influence on fashion today. I can’t wait for the fashion week party to launch the book. Knowing the Bothers Padilha, It will be one humdinger.
“I’m from the generation that came to New York to meet their idols. In my case it was Andy Warhol and Antonio Lopez.” Anna Sui.
Roger Padilha and Mauricio Padilha are the founders of MAO Public Relations and MAO Mag and authors of The Stephen Sprouse Book. Andre Leon Talley is a contributing editor to Vogue. Anna Sui’s clothes, cosmetics, and accessories are sold in more than fifty countries worldwide. She launched her company in 1991, and in 2009 she received the CFDA Lifetime Achievement Award.
FERNAND LAGER: A SURVEY OF ICONIC WORKS
By Kenneth E. Silver
Publication Date: Fall 2012
(14 X 17/ 140 Pages/80 Illustrations, Hand-bound Limited edition with Color Plates Presented in a Linen Clamshell Box, $695.00, Assouline)
Known for his use of color, bold forms, geometric contrasts, and enduring interest in the working class, French painter Fernand Lager was an artist icon of the 1930s. An exhibition unto itself, this limited-edition volume features a curated selection of his most outstanding pieces, hand-glued to each page for a lasting keepsake of Lager’s extraordinary legacy and comes with a complimentary Assouline canvas tote bag. Fernand LÃ©ger has had a tremendous influence on cubism, constructivism, and the contemporary advertising poster. While inseparable from the legacies of other famed cubists, Lager truly defined his own aesthetic language through his depictions of machines and modern technology coupled with a vibrant use of color. FERNAND LAGER: A SURVEY OF ICONIC WORKS is an apt tribute to an artist whose work covered a range of mediums including sculpture, stained glass and film to name but a few, and his geometric, bright and bold designs are instantly recognizable.
Kenneth E. Silver is Professor of Modern Art at New York University, Adjunct Curator of Art at the Bruce Museum in Greenwich, Connecticut, and a contributing editor to Art in America magazine. He is the author of numerous award-winning books and articles, including Esprit de Corps: The Art of the Parisian Avant-Garde and the First World War (1989) and Making Paradise: Art, Modernity, and the Myth of the French Riviera (2000). His exhibition Chaos and Classicism: Art in France, Italy, and Germany 1918-1936 (Guggenheim Museum, New York, and Museo Guggenheim Bilbao, 2010-2011) was named Best Art Exhibition 2010 by New York magazine, and its catalog was picked as one of the 100 Notable Books of 2010 by the Times Literary Supplement.
The Age of Elegance: Interiors by Alex Papachristidis
Written by Alex Papachristidis and Dan Shaw, Foreword by Mario Buatta, Photographed by Tria Giovan
Publication Date: October 9, 2012
(ISBN: 978-0-8478-3881-3, Hardcover, House & Home Decorating, 9-1/4 x 11-1/2, $55.00 US/$57.50 CAN, Rizzoli)
One of today’s eminent tastemakers, Alex Papachristidis is known for arresting, elegant interiors that meld classical motifs with a modern perspective and sophisticated details. This volume pays homage to Papachristidis’s refined sensibility and celebrates Alex Papachristidis Interiors Twenty-Fifth Anniversary. Papachristidis has decorated homes for an international clientele featured projects range from grand New York apartments to idyllic beach houses in the Hamptons and Cape Cod. Inspired by legendary designers such as Renzo Mongiardino and Sister Parish, he is known for his wall-to-wall luxury aesthetic. The hallmark of his style is an steadfast attention to detail, from gilded finishes and stenciled floors to his use of passementerie and creative layering of fabrics for upholstery.
Papachristidis’s multifaceted approach and fresh color palette make his rooms the perfect backdrop for glamorous living and an easy elegance. In the book, he discusses style strategies such as draping hall tables and hanging matchstick blackout shades beneath bedroom curtains, and he opens his international address book to share favorite resources for fabrics, furniture, and antiques.
Manhattan-based Alex Papachristidis Interiors was founded by Alex Papachristidis in 1987. An Elle Decor A-list designer, the firm’s projects are profiled in publications such as Elle Decor, House Beautiful, and Architectural Digest. Alex Papachristidis Interiors has a carpet line with Beauvais Carpets. A founding editor of the New York Times Styles section, journalist Dan Shaw has co-written several books, including Mary McDonald: Interiors. Affectionately known as the Prince of Chintz, Mario Buatta is one of America’s foremost decorators. Photographer Tria Giovan is a contributor to House Beautiful and Veranda.
1001 Dream Cars You Must Drive Before You Die
Written by Simon Heptinstall
Publication Date: October 9, 2012
(ISBN: 978-0-7893-2437-5, Hardcover, Transportation – Automotive General, 6-3/8 x 8-3/8, $36.95 US/$39.95 CAN, Universe)
1001 Dream Cars You Must Drive Before You Die is a lavishly illustrated collection of the 1,001 most groundbreaking and beautiful cars,from the earliest pioneering horseless carriages to the latest custom models for connoisseurs. It’s a car enthusiast’s dream come true. No mere machine or convenience, the car is a reflection of the cultural zeitgeist, and 1001 Dream Cars You Must Drive Before You Die celebrates America’s long fascination with the car culture that is forever part of the American cultural landscape. This latest volume in the hugely popular 1001 Series showcases the world’s best designed and most important cars. With stunning full-color photography representing the highest achievements of car design and visceral descriptions of what it is like to turn the key and rev the engine, this collection is the next best thing to a test drive.
Henry Ford jump-started the age of the automobile with the Model T. Since then, the automobile has evolved from chugging workhorse to tailfin-era showboat to sleek status symbol. Automobile buffs can never get enough information on classic and contemporary cars, making 1001 Dream Cars You Must Drive Before You Die the perfect gift for car buffs and anyone who follows car design. It offers a lush visual history of the automobile, decade-by-decade highlights of the technological innovations, major manufacturers, engineering feats, and designers, and the interplay between popular culture and car design. The only downside to all of this is that this book is not already available for Father’s Day 2012. Nevertheless, it is available for pre-order, so you should consider doing so and surprise your car-crazy dad with the one gift he would really appreciate.
Simon Heptinstall helped to launch BBC’s Top Gear magazine and has worked as a researcher for the BBC’s Extreme Machines and Big Boys Toys series. He has also conducted research for numerous magazines and edited the Goldfish Guides to cars and commercial vehicles as well as the Complete Book of the Car. Mr. Heptinstall has also been an editorial consultant for Toyota, Peugeot, Lexus, and BMW.