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Edited by on June 1 2011 at 3:34 PM

Great style transcends space and time. From a 19th century Indian colonel in head-to-toe tartan to a 70s supermodel in bright yellow plaid, significant fashion statements will always circle back around. Elizabeth Walker explores this trend phenomenon through historic photographs in her gorgeously-done coffee table staple Style Book: Fashionable Inspirations (Flammarion 2011). If you’re ever wondering how to wear that menswear-inspired suit, vintage fur shawl or those sky-high platforms, let style icons like Diane Keaton, Elton John and Sue Coddington be your guides.

Bookclubbin: Style Book: Fashionable Inspirations by Elizabeth Walker

“‘One picture is worth ten thousand words’* and these carefully selected images are set to inspire anybody fascinated by either fashion, foibles, or simply the photographs themselves,” Elizabeth Walker says in the book’s introduction. “It is all about stylish contrasts, strange situations and rarely glimpsed pictures; all set to get the mind buzzing and the creative juices flowing.”

*Frederick R. Barnard 1927 Printer’s Ink

 

It’s difficult to put this amazing book into words when the story in-between the covers are told through photographs. And so, here are some of the coolest images that will surely inspire your wardrobe this week.

 

Bookclubbin: Style Book: Fashionable Inspirations by Elizabeth Walker

 

Rolling Stones Brian Jones sports a striped suit in 1967.

 

 

Bookclubbin: Style Book: Fashionable Inspirations by Elizabeth Walker

 

Lauren Hutton rocks a menswear-inspired look at Studio 54 in 1978.

 

 

Bookclubbin: Style Book: Fashionable Inspirations by Elizabeth Walker

Kate Moss wears a white fox wrap at Mario Testino’s London exhibition in 2002.

 

 

Bookclubbin: Style Book: Fashionable Inspirations by Elizabeth Walker

Diana Ross wearing a graphic black and white jumpsuit in 1983.

 

 

Bookclubbin: Style Book: Fashionable Inspirations by Elizabeth Walker

Joan Collins looking gorgeous in high-waisted jeans in 1955.

 

And there is more where that came from. Walker explores 13 trends that have been relevant since the 19th century until modern times.

 

What owning this book says about you: I love fashion history and the evolution of trends throughout the years. I’m a classic girl always looking for ways to update a definitive dressing movement.

What your dinner guests will say upon seeing this book on your coffee table: This book goes so well with the vintage clothes in your closet. I love Oscar Wilde in that fur coat!

How this book will make your fashion brain grow: By learning where trends came from and how they’ve evolved throughout the years, you’ll find new ways to recycle your classic pieces. True style comes through knowing the art and adaptation of fashion through time.

If you like this, you’ll love: American Fashion, Special Edition by Charlie Sheips

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Story by Amanda Gabriele

I stole my first pair of platforms from the Spice Bus in 1997 when Anglophilia was all the rage. Collector of vintage bags, vinyl and kitchen appliances. My dream of becoming a butcher is momentarily on hiatus so I can teach you how to wear muumuus and apply false eyelashes. Follow me on Twitter @CrystlMeatballs.