From the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, <b>"100 Dresses"</b> features page after page of swoon-worthy concoctions from bold-faced names including Elsa Schiaparelli, Hubert de Givenchy and Cristobal Balenciaga. The real treat, however, is the glimpse of early 20th-century designs by Paul Poiret, Jeanne Lanvin and Madame Gres. $24.95 at bookstores; also available from online booksellers.

From the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, "100 Dresses" features page after page of swoon-worthy concoctions from bold-faced names including Elsa Schiaparelli, Hubert de Givenchy and Cristobal Balenciaga. The real treat, however, is the glimpse of early 20th-century designs by Paul Poiret, Jeanne Lanvin and Madame Gres. $24.95 at bookstores; also available from online booksellers.

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Detail of <b>"100 Dresses."</b>

Detail of "100 Dresses."

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Loaded with sketches, full-color illustrations and vintage advertising, David Downton's <b>"Masters of Fashion Illustration"</b> combines imagery with history in a coffee-table-friendly format. Downton, a contemporary fashion illustrator, offers up insightful takes on his predecessors, ranging from Art Deco master Erte to poster artist Bob Peak. $50 at bookstores; also available online.

Loaded with sketches, full-color illustrations and vintage advertising, David Downton's "Masters of Fashion Illustration" combines imagery with history in a coffee-table-friendly format. Downton, a contemporary fashion illustrator, offers up insightful takes on his predecessors, ranging from Art Deco master Erte to poster artist Bob Peak. $50 at bookstores; also available online.

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Peek inside the private homes of Donna Karan, Carolina Herrera and other luminaries of style with <b>"American Fashion Designers at Home,"</b> a collaboration with the Council of Fashion Designers of America. Inside, Ralph Lauren's dining room and Carlos Miele's sun deck showcase the design connection between the real world and the runway. $65 at bookstores; also available online.

Peek inside the private homes of Donna Karan, Carolina Herrera and other luminaries of style with "American Fashion Designers at Home," a collaboration with the Council of Fashion Designers of America. Inside, Ralph Lauren's dining room and Carlos Miele's sun deck showcase the design connection between the real world and the runway. $65 at bookstores; also available online.

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Need a cure for the wintertime blues? Interiors guru Jonathan Adler created a hardback series aimed at the DIY design crowd. A quick flip through <b>"Happy Chic Colors"</b> and <b>"Happy Chic Accessorizing"</b> will help spruce up your spirits and your sitting room. $17.95 at bookstores; also available online.

Need a cure for the wintertime blues? Interiors guru Jonathan Adler created a hardback series aimed at the DIY design crowd. A quick flip through "Happy Chic Colors" and "Happy Chic Accessorizing" will help spruce up your spirits and your sitting room. $17.95 at bookstores; also available online.

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Dress designer Mary Adams penned this how-to guide to offer an alternative to buying off the rack. <b>"The Party Dress Book: How to Sew the Best Dress in the Room"</b> comes packed with tips and tricks to create your own unique frock, along with a full-size pattern that can be adjusted for sizers 4 to 14. $24.99 at bookstores; also available online.

Dress designer Mary Adams penned this how-to guide to offer an alternative to buying off the rack. "The Party Dress Book: How to Sew the Best Dress in the Room" comes packed with tips and tricks to create your own unique frock, along with a full-size pattern that can be adjusted for sizers 4 to 14. $24.99 at bookstores; also available online.

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