’Tis the season to pore over beauty. Nearly 80 multidisciplinary works from MoMA—a Lorna Simpson photograph, a Langston Hughes poem, a Mark Bradford painting, and more—appear in Grace Wales Bonner: Dream in the Rhythm (MoMA, New York), a compendium the London-based designer has described as “an archive of soulful expression.” New York City Ballet: Choreography and Couture (Rizzoli) celebrates the 75th anniversary of the company and the annual fall fashion gala, which has inspired such designer-choreographer collaborations as Anna Sui and Edwaard Liang, the late Virgil Abloh and Gianna Reisen, and Gareth Pugh and Matthew Neenan. Meanwhile, Who Are You, Polly Maggoo? (Delpire & Co.) transforms William Klein’s 1966 cult classic send-up of Paris haute couture into a collectible coffee-table tome—a fitting celebration of the film’s star, Brooklyn-born model Dorothy McGowan, who passed away last year. And for pure, unadulterated awards-season delight, look no further than Vanity Fair: Oscar Night Sessions (Abrams) by our own Mark Seliger, which captures a decade of guests on Hollywood’s biggest night out. The book’s reason enough to stay in.
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