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"Books are a hardbound drug with no danger of an overdose. I am the happy victim of books," said Karl Lagerfeld (who famously owns hundreds of thousands of books).

You are what you read, and when it comes to building your fantasy fashion library, judging a book by its cover is strongly encouraged. Coffee-table tomes are a guaranteed ice breaker: Not only do they speak volumes about your taste, but they also become art for your home. We've encountered our fair share of beautiful fashion books over the years, but there are a few standouts that continue to send chills up our spines (get it?!). Here, 30 books that are required reading for any fashion lover, from classic titles that we've loved for years to new releases that currently top our wish lists.       

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