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book-roundup01.jpg"Dior: The Legendary Images/Great Photographers and Dior" (Rizzoli). The book showcases the work of the legendary couturier and his successors at the fashion house in classic images by major photographers which capture the models and clothes of their time. There's Henri Cartier-Bresson's 1951 photo of Christian Dior and the model Lucy laughing in the models' cabine; Richard Avedon's 1955 "Dovima With Elephants," and Loomis Dean's 1957 shot of models in Dior couture clothes for spring 1956, which include a smart, sharply tailored suit and a voluptuous emerald green evening dress.

"100 Ideas That Changed Street Style" (Laurence King) by Josh Sims.
Sims writes about everything from burlesque to acid jazz and how it influenced street style. There are also essays on Goth, biker culture, militant style, gang culture, Rasta, rave, graffiti, BCBG (the style of the Parisian bourgeoisie) and even the cell phone. He describes psychobilly as "Take rockabilly -- an exaggerated style inspired by 1950s Americana -- and cross it with 1960s garage, 1970s punk, extreme hairstyles, excess tattoos and a love of the lurid, and the likely result is psychobilly."

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French acteye-fanny-ardant01.jpgress Fanny Ardant has appeared in more than 50 films. At 65, she is probably best known to American audiences for playing the seductive title role, Mathilde Bauchard, in 1981's "The Woman Next Door," directed by François Truffaut, which made her a major star. Her other movies include 1983's "Confidentially Yours," also directed by Truffaut; 1996's "Pedale douce," directed by Gabriel Aghion, for which she won a Cesar award, and 2002's "Callas Forever," directed by Franco Zeffirelli.

01-flappers.jpgWhat qualities do Josephine Baker, Zelda Fitzgerald, Tallulah Bankhead, Lady Diana Cooper, Nancy Cunard and Tamara de Lempicka all share? They were all prominent in the Twenties and are the subjects of an intriguing new group biography, "Flappers: Six Women of a Dangerous Generation" (Sarah Crichton Books/Farrar, Straus and Giroux) by Judith Mackrell, who is the dance critic of The Guardian. Mackrell's previous book, her first, was 2008's "Bloomsbury Ballerina," the story of Lydia Lopokova, the former Ballets Russes dancer who married the celebrated economist John Maynard Keynes. 
eye-dan-stevens04.jpgActor Dan Stevens, who made his name by playing Matthew Crawley -- a pivotal character who combined stalwart decency and a great deal of romantic appeal -- on the phenomenally successful British TV series "Downton Abbey," has a number of new projects in the works. (The fourth season, the first without Matthew, is currently on PBS in the U.S.)

From Henry Ford 2nd to Madonna, fall's best reads look back at trendsetters' early beginnings.

November 26, 2013 4:44 PM


Naomie Harris Talks 'Mandela'

Meeting Naomie Harris for the first time after seeing her new film, "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom," directed by Justin Chadwick, is a little intimidating.
"Queen of the Air: "A True Story of Love & Tragedy at the Circus" (Crown), by Dean Jensen, tells the story of a brilliant aerialist, Lillian Leitzel, and her life under and outside the Big Top.

Patricia Volk's new book, "Shocked: My Mother, Schiaparelli and Me" (Alfred A. Knopf), is a memoir about what she considers two of her biggest influences, her mother, Audrey Morgen Volk, and designer Elsa Schiaparelli, whose fragrance, Shocking de Schiaparelli, her mother wore.

husbandwives.jpgIn "My Husband and My Wives: A Gay Man's Odyssey" (Farrar, Straus & Giroux) by Charles Rowan Beye, a retired classicist whose 50-year career included professorships at Boston University and New York University, tells the story of his life as a lover of men who chose to marry two women.

Where did the Revolutionary War take place, and what traces of it still remain in those spots? That's a question Robert Sullivan elected to answer in "My American Revolution: Crossing the Delaware and I-78" (Farrar, Straus and Giroux).

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