Gift Ideas: Film & Television, Music, Photography, Fashion, Crafts

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Today you’ll find gift ideas for Film & Television, Music, Photography, Fashion and Crafts as supplied by Ester, Nyjolene, Marten and Sophie.

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Film & Television

MovieBox – Paolo Mereghetti

Since the dawn of the movie industry, the world’s greatest photographers have been drawn to record the colorful characters and the process of filming, capturing rare behind-the-scenes views, moving portraits, and candid stills of the stars living their everyday lives. A photographic journey that spans the history of cinema, MovieBox is a collection of more than 350 images of the most iconic movies and film stars, as immortalized by renowned photographers. (more…)

The Film Encyclopedia: The Complete Guide to Film and the Film Industry – Ephraim Katz

Ephraim Katz’s The Film Encyclopedia is the most comprehensive single-volume encyclopedia on film and is considered the undisputed bible of the film industry. Completely revised and updated, this seventh edition features more than 7,500 A–Z entries on the artistic, technical, and commercial aspects of movie making. (more…)

Total Recall – Arnold Schwarzenegger

Until now, he has never told the full story of his life, in his own voice. Here is Arnold, with total recall. (more…)


Prince – Matt Thorne

Legendarily reticent, perverse and misleading, Prince is one of the few remaining 80s superstars who still, perhaps, remains unexplained. Matt Thorne’s Prince, through years of research and interviews with ex-Revolution members such as Wendy and Lisa, is an account of a pop maverick whose experiments with rock, funk, techno and jazz revolutionised pop. With reference to every song, released and unreleased, over 35 years of recording, Prince will stand for years to come as the go-to book on the Great Man. (more…)

The Rolling Stone Years: Every Picture Tells A Story… – Baron Wolman

Featuring the work of Baron Wolman, the first photographer to work for America’s legendary “Rolling Stone” magazine, many of whose images from the late sixties and early seventies have become iconic shots from rock’s most fertile era.
Alongside scores of classic photos is Baron’s first-hand account of the magazine’s early years and his memorable encounters with the rock stars of the day.

Jay-Z: The King of America – Mark Beaumont

Mark Beaumont met and interviewed Jay Z in 2009 and many quotes from that interview feature in this biography. Includes interviews with Kanye West, Chris Martin, Busta Rhymes, LL Cool J, Damon Dash, Dr Dre, Rick Rubin and many others.  (more…)

Waging Heavy Peace – Neil Young

An iconic figure in the history of rock and pop culture (inducted not once but twice into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame), Neil Young has written his eagerly awaited memoir. Young offers a kaleidoscopic view of his personal life and musical career, spanning his time in bands like Buffalo Springfield, Crosby, Stills & Nash and Crazy Horse; moving from the snows of Ontario through the LSD-laden boulevards of 1966 Los Angeles to the contemplative paradise of Hawaii today. (more…)

Def Jam Recordings: The First 25 Years of the Last Great Record Label – Def Jam & Bill Adler

This is the story of Def Jam in the words of its artists and top executives, taken from interviews and seamlessly told as a narrative of no-holds barred recollections and anecdotes, made even more compelling by the fact that Def Jam is one of the last great record labels to enjoy the widespread cultural influence that it does, in light of the increasing digitization of music. Def Jam celebrates a label that defined hip-hop and whose impact extends beyond its incredible roster of recording artists to all areas of culture–fashion, lifestyle, cinema, art–impacting the music business and pop culture forever. (more…)


Story Teller – Tim Walker

A stunning photography collection from world-renowned fashion photographer Tim Walker, Story Teller showcases his signature fantastic style with some of the biggest names in fashion and contemporary culture. Walker is one of the most exciting photographers of our time, and his flamboyant style—often tongue-in-cheek but always exquisitely executed—places him in the line of brilliant eccentrics from Cecil Beaton to David LaChapelle. (more…)

Private View – Mario Testino

If photography had a royal family, Mario Testino would be its reigning prince. So omnipresent is he at major magazine shoots and A-list events—an insider if ever there was one—that the mere mention of his name evokes a rush of adrenalin in anyone that cares, even a bit, about the worlds of fashion and celebrity. He is, too a terrific portraitist (frequently of real Royals), and what this book brings together is a smashing selection of his best studio work with gorgeous examples of his candid shots. (more…)

The Iconic Photographs – Steve McCurry

American photographer Steve McCurry (b.1950) is universally recognized as one of today’s finest image-makers and has won many of photography’s top awards. This special limited-edition monograph brings together the most memorable and beautiful of his images, taken around the world over the last 30 years. McCurry’s ability to cross boundaries of language and culture to capture fleeting moments of human experience is unique. With his discerning eye for form and colour, shape and symmetry, he offers us windows into other worlds. (more…)

Kate: The Kate Moss Book – Kate Moss & Fabien Baron

Created by Kate Moss herself, in collaboration with creative director Fabien Baron, Jess Hallett, and Jefferson Hack, this book is a highly personal retrospective of Kate Moss’s career, tracing her evolution from “new girl with potential” to one of the most iconic models of all time.
Including many ‘never-before-seen’ images from her own archives and those of the illustrious photographers with whom she has worked, KATE is a must-have for anyone interested in one of the most iconic models in the history of fashion media and modern culture. (more…)

I Am Amsterdam – Thomas Schlijper

The ones who would like to have a daily confirmation that Amsterdam is beautiful should loyally follow the weblog of the photographer Thomas Schlijper. He posts a new photo of the every-day Amsterdam: of a window washer on an insanely high ladder, of a homeless person with a flower pot on his head, of the canals in the evening light, of a comical traffic situation or simply of nice people.
The light is especially extraordinary in his photos. He manages to catch an enchanting lighting in the centre of Amsterdam.


Wear This Now: Your Style Solution for Every Season and Any Occasion – Michelle Madhok & Eileen Conlan

Totally cute outfit pics that scream : Try me out, you’ll look adorable!!

Vogue On: Alexander McQueen – Chloe Fox

The new ‘Vogue On’ series is fantastic! Every book features a different designer (Chanel, McQueen, Dior and Schiaparelli), all with detailed background information and lovely shots of the designer and his/her work.
My favorite is on Alexander McQueen 🙂

Fashion – Judith Watt

This book is a work of art. It’s highly detailed and beautifully made. Starting in pre-history it takes you on a journey through all the styles and stages that fashion has gone through. A must-have for every fashion-lover.

100 Years of Menswear – Cally Blackman

This book covers the revolution in menswear over the last 100 years. Refreshing! A good book that is invaluable in the market of male fashion.

Grace: A Memoir – Grace Coddington

Beautiful. Willful. Charming. Blunt. Grace Coddington’s extraordinary talent and fierce dedication to her work as creative director of Vogue have made her an international icon. Known through much of her career only to those behind the scenes, she might have remained fashion’s best-kept secret were it not for The September Issue, the acclaimed 2009 documentary that turned publicity-averse Grace into a sudden, reluctant celebrity. Grace’s palpable engagement with her work brought a rare insight into the passion that produces many of the magazine’s most memorable shoots. (more…)


Pattern Magic Stretch Fabrics – Tomoko Nakamichi

For the very advanced seamstress, but oh! what fabulous ideas!

Dreaming in Color – Kaffe Fassett

The quilt maestro, in his own words.  You can hear him speak in person, in Amsterdam, on Thanksgiving Day!

Martha Stewart’s Handmade Holiday Crafts – Martha Stewart

Martha Stewart continues to have the most amazingly crafty ideas.

100 Crocheted Snowflakes – Caitlin Sainio

Give a handmade twist to your holiday decorations this year with this gorgeous collection of ever-changing snowflakes!

Craft – DK Publishing

Huge, gorgeous craft bible, done in the true Dorling Kindersley style (lots of pictures, clear instructions). Not to miss!