New spring reads: School yourself in style history, become inspired by a designer’s autobiography, score tips on handling clothing crises and pore over an industry who’s who in a covetable coffee-table book. — Janet Bennett Kelly
Photos, vintage illustrations, cartoons and short bios of marquee names, including Vionnet and Alexander McQueen, track the evolution of fashion from 1800s to the present in “Fashion: A Visual History From Regency & Romance to Retro & Revolution.” We love the informative tidbits on each era’s signature looks and style-setters that fill the pages of this lively reference book. $29.99. Deb Lindsey/FOR THE WASHINGTON POST
President Trump and first lady Melania Trump lit the National Christmas Tree for the first time. The program was hosted by television personality Kathie Lee Gifford and actor Dean Cain and featured performances by the Beach Boys, Jack Wagner, Wynonna Judd, Craig Campbell and others.