It's a term thrown around quite casually these days, but if you really want to get to the heart of the subject, the Art Deco book by Norbert Wolf is likely to be a good place to start.
It is aimed primarily at kids, but we think this Roy Lichtenstein Coloring Book from Prestel will keep a good few adults amused too.
Want to know how the other half lived in the middle of the 20th century? You'll get an insight in this new book, Zeitgeist and Glamour: Photography of the '60s and '70s.
The images are from the Nicola Erni Collection, featuring iconic people, places, and events of the era – the likes of Jackie Kennedy, Mick Jagger, Maria Callas and Truman Capote as well as places like Warhol's Factory, Studio 54 and London's hip nightclubs. Or take a trip round Saint-Tropez, St. Moritz, Paris or Rome via the lenses of Diane Arbus, Richard Avedon, Francesco Scavullo, Robert Mapplethorpe, Lord Snowdon, Andy Warhol and others.
An introductory essay covering the era's cultural scene finishes off this 368-page hardback book, which is published by Prestel on 28th February 2011. Amazon is doing pre-orders right now for £26 (down from the RRP of £40).
Find out more about the book at the Amazon website
The pick of trend-setting males on the last century, that's what Fashionisto: A Century of Style Icons by Simone Werle promises.
A 176-page hardback book, it offers up 50 men from the last 100 years, all of whom have created a look or a style that's left it's mark on the world. That includes Fred Astaire, Bryan Ferry, Truman Capote, Che Guevara, George Clooney, Boy George, Don Johnson, Johnny Depp or Kurt Cobain to name just a few. Even 'fictional' characters like Ziggy Stardust and James Bond too.
All of those and many more are featured in double page spreads with glossy full colour pictures and 'Simon Werle's acute observations, anecdotes, and historical insight'. Certain to raise a few eyebrows, as well as a few voices in disagreement, it's available now via Prestel Publishing, £12.99 gets you a copy.
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