Fashion may not literally
change the world, but these beautifully produced books from London's Design Museum make a strong case for the significance of fashion as a reflection of - and sometimes as an agent for - social and cultural changes. From a status-proclaiming fourteenth-century Russian gold-and-fur crown to an architectural topper resembling skyscrapers, Hats
features colorful photographs of fifty iconic chapeaux - both general styles, such as the Stetson and the cloche, and iconic hats, such as Jackie Kennedy's pink pillbox. In Bags
you'll find photos of a carpetbag, Army haversack, satchel, and clutch, as well as Queen Elizabeth's "royal but so ordinary"
purse and the coveted Birkin. Fashion Designers
pays tribute to Coco Chanel, Hubert de Givenchy, Laura Ashley, Alexander McQueen, and other sartorial tastemakers. In each volume, concise essays explaining the cultural and historical context of the style trends or designer accompany the photographs. Irresistible reads as well as valuable references, all three books are sure bets for the fashion forward! (AG)