Fashion House by Megan Hess.

17593375Published April 1st 2013 by Hardie Grant Books

Ever dreamed of living in a house styled by Tom Ford? Do you long for a Parisian suite worthy of Coco Chanel, or perhaps a Riviera escape fit for Grace Kelly?

Internationally acclaimed illustrator Megan Hess has spent her life imagining and illustrating the sumptuous lifestyles and decadent interiors from around the world. Fashion House is a lavish collection of her most beautiful rooms, inspired by the style elite.

Drawing on her experience creating iconic windows for Bergdorf Goodman in New York, illustrating for labels such as Chanel, Dior, and publications like Vanity Fair and Time, Hess has combined her love of interior design with her signature illustrations to create a book that both celebrates style and helps you to achieve it. With advice ranging from how to choose upholstery and wallpaper, to the benefits of the eclectic chair and the resident pet, Fashion House showcases the icons of design – past and present.

Words cannot describe just how much I adore this book. It is so beautiful – the illustrations are just gorgeous – and there is a lot of colour and funky prints. I knew as soon as I looked at it that I had to have it and when I bought it, both of the sales ladies told me it was amazing. I read the whole thing cover to cover over an afternoon and just went crazy over everything. I love it, love it, love it!

There’s a section at the beginning entitled ‘Ten Essential Pieces – the ultimate interior accessories’, and then there are many many ‘Rooms to Swoon Over’. There is an illustration of each room (complete with the fashionable people who live there, as well as short bio’s about them), then there are pages that show a deconstructed version of the room, showing you how you can achieve the look. There is a third section that’s  called ‘The Fashion Set’. It’s pretty much the same as the second version, only it’s about real fashion designers.

Seriously, if you are even only slightly interested in fashion, or interiors, or beautiful books in general, then you simply must have this!

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