Five Glossy Coffee Table Books to Gift This Holiday Season

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Out of holiday gift ideas for the most important people in your wedding (and life, of course)? A stunning coffee table book for your mom, sister, or bridesmaids can do no wrong. Here, five of our favorites that feature unbelievable images from some of the world's most legendary photographers, and interviews with icons.

Dior Glamour 1952-1962, Rizzoli New York, 2013
$115

A decade of incredible Christian Dior haute couture photographed by the legendary Mark Shaw, this book (see above) captures rare moments in the Dior atelier in the post-war fashion era, which saw Mr. Dior create some of the most spectacular and romantic ball gowns.

Oleg Cassini Wedding Dress Book

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The Wedding Dress: Newly Revised and Updated Collector's Edition by Oleg Cassini, Foreword by Liz Smith, Rizzoli New York
$65

The classic book by one of the world's most famous wedding dress designers is updated and represented for the 21st century with an informative overview of the history and craft of wedding gowns, as well as some of society's finest real weddings. Photography includes the work of famed fashion photographer Patrick Demarchelier, Vogue regular Arthur Elgort, Irving Penn and David LaChapelle.

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Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, by Juliette Michaud, Flammarion, 2013
$60

Juliette Michaud, member of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, has compiled rare and previously unpublished interviews with iconic film stars of 1960s. Focused on the golden age of Hollywood, expect to find never-before-heard revelations from Mickey Rooney, Julie Andrews, and even an excerpt from the last interview ever granted by Richard Burton.

Diana Vreeland Memos

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Diana Vreeland Memos: The Vogue Years Edited by Alexander Vreeland, Rizzoli New York, 2013
$55

Diana Vreeland Memos: The Vogue Years is an extraordinary compilation of more than 250 pieces of the iconic editor's personal correspondence. Her delightful, expressive language shines in the pages of this book, which includes her notes to Cecil Beaton, Richard Avedon, Cristobal Balenciaga and Coco Chanel.

Elie Saab Book

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Elie Saab by Janie Samet, Assouline, 2013
$250

Renowned fashion journalist Janie Samet takes readers into the glamorous world of couturier Elie Saab, the Paris-based designer known for his red-carpet moments and his spectacular bridal gowns. This oversized book features spectacular dress images and the prettiest detail shots of Saab's signature embroidery and beading.

—Catherine Smith

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