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10 coffee table books the fashion world loves

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Curate your coffee table with these inspiring titles, hand-picked for PORTER by fashion’s tastemakers

Model Naomi Campbell on Yves Saint Laurent by Roxanne Lowit & Pierre Berge
“I started working with YSL when I was 17 years old. He was always ahead of his time. To be able to have worked with such a great – and sweet – man was a dream.”
Designer Gaia Repossi on Agnes Martin: Her Life and Art by Nancy Princenthal
“Agnes Martin was such a visionary and her graphic art inspires me, particularly the simplicity and elegance of her shapes.”
Actress Chloë Sevigny on Invisible City by Ken Schles
New York is my home, the city I love. These photos are a great glimpse into the not-so-distant past that we all romanticize.”
Designer Tabitha Simmons on Living in a Fairytale World by Mister Finch
“Mister Finch creates these fantastic creatures out of well-worn textiles. They are all so whimsical and magical, very similar to inspirations that I draw from for my shoe collections and prints.”
Designer Paloma Picasso on Avedon/Warhol by Mark Francis
“Both of these men were key people in my life. I did my first fashion shoot with Richard Avedon; Diana Vreeland organized it when I was still at school. It was an eye-opener for me as I was just getting introduced to the fashion world. Later, he did the advertising for my fragrance, thanks to our old friendship. Andy Warhol also became a good friend and introduced me to an endless set of people.”
Photographer Inez Lamsweerde on Chloë Sevigny by Chloë Sevigny
“Chloë Sevigny was one of the first people Vinoodh [Matadin] and I met in New York in the early 1990s, when we started out. She has never changed, she is always honest and always original.”
Model Linda Evangelista on Chanel: The Enigma by Isabelle Fiemeyer
“The life of Coco Chanel reads like a great novel with a brilliant, passionate and talented heroine at its center. This book confirms her as one of the most fascinating people in modern history and tells Chanel’s story in a way that is captivating.”
Designer Alice Temperley on The Man Who Fell to Earth by Paul Duncan
“David Bowie is often the soundtrack to my trips. He was a genius and I have so many memories and emotions connected to him. I love this book about his 1976 cult film.”
Model Daphne Guinness on A Feast for the Senses by Martina Bagnoli
“I am a glutton for medievalism. This book examines the collective sensual appetite that made the period so special. It looks at the sacred and secular, and analyzes the pleasures of sensory experience in the 12th through to the 16th century – whether they be ritualistic, regal, celebratory, culinary or, most extensively, artistic.”
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