The series sees designers including Celia Birtwell, Zandra Rhodes and Tomato’s Michael Horsham take on classics such as The End of the Affair and The French Lieutenant’s Woman.
The books, which will be published on 29 March, were all published during the period covered by the exhibition (1948-2012).
Rhodes, who created the cover for Iris Murdoch’s The Sea, The Sea, says of her work ‘the sea and the waves were the original inspiration; they were the basis of the whole cover.’
Birtwell says of her cover for Dodie Smith’s I Capture the Castle, ‘I wanted to try to convey the various forms love can take. But love can be fragile and attacked, so I represented it as a heart, with its beauty being encroached upon.’
Philip Treacy, who designed the cover for John Fowles’ The French Lieutenant’s Woman, says, ‘I was inspired by the tragedy and the love story between Charles and Sarah and, like I do with my hats, I wanted the book cover to make a statement of its own.’
The Designer Classics series is published by Vintage Classics on 29 March, priced at £9.99 each. British Design 1948-2012: Innovation in the Modern Age, is at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London from 31 March-12 August.