Want to know more about the fashion industry? Curious about how to go about getting information on fashion? While fashion blogs, magazines, and social media are definitely great tools for information, a great way to get access to detailed information is by picking up a book. There are an immense amount of incredible fashion books to read, but since we can’t name them all, we’ve narrowed it down to this list. Here are 10 of our favorite fashion books!
The Little Dictionary of Fashion by Christian Dior
In this intimate fashion guide, Christian Dior reveals tips on everything from accessories, to how to dress for weddings, to what to wear when traveling. This charming little book covers Dior’s fundamentals of fashion: simplicity, grooming, and good taste.
The End of Fashion by Teri Agins
Author Teri Agins explores marketing in the fashion world, and how the industry has shifted to include the average consumer. Agins explores topics in the fashion industry such as business, retailing, and manufacturing.
The Teen Vogue Handbook by Teen Vogue
The Teen Vogue Handbook is a guide to careers in fashion from some of the top people in the industry. This detailed insider’s guide includes 6 sections: Designers, Models, Editors, Photographers, Beauty, and Stylists with interviews from top names like Anna Wintour, Alexander Wang, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, Leandra Medine, Karl Lagerfeld, and Karlie Kloss.
Vogue: The Editor’s Eye by Condé Nast
This exclusive book by Condé Nast gives you an inside look at the work of highly esteemed editors like Grace Coddington and Polly Mellen. Vogue: The Editor’s Eye is a celebration of fashion editors and the hard work that goes behind Vogue Magazine.
It by Alexa Chung
Model, Fashion Designer, and host of the new Netflix series, Next in Fashion, Alexa Chung gives readers a behind-the-scenes look at her busy fashion-filled life. In this collection of photographs, writings, and drawings, Chung shares her love for fashion, her personal style, and what to wear in the morning. It by Alexa Chung is perfect for people who love fashion, photography, and of course Alexa Chung!
Dapper Dan: Made in Harlem by Daniel R. Day
In this memoir, American Fashion Designer Daniel R. Day (a.k.a Dapper Dan) gives you a glimpse into his life as a designer. In this coming-of-age memoir, Day touches on being a black man in America and life in Harlem, to becoming a world-famous designer dressing celebrities like Naomi Campbell, Beyoncé, and Jay-Z. Dapper Dan: Made in Harlem is a New York Times Bestseller. In this intimate memoir, Day transports readers into his life, giving an honest recollection of his life before becoming a designer and his struggle with poverty and drugs to finding a way to success in the fashion industry.
Overdressed: The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion by Elizabeth L. Cline
Based on the title of this book you probably already know what it’s about. You guessed it! Fast Fashion! In Overdressed: The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion, Author Elizabeth Cline sets out to discover the truth about cheap clothing and how fast fashion affects the environment and society. Because of fast fashion, consumers can purchase clothing for very low prices, while companies mass-produce clothing for consumers. Fast fashion stores can produce mass trends for cheap because of the mass production resources that are available to them. Cline challenges the fast fashion perspective by addressing how it affects us economically and environmentally.
#GirlBoss by Sophia Amoruso
In this New York Times Best Seller, founder of Nasty Gal, Sophia Amoruso reflects on life before building her brand and how she went from a college dropout to the CEO of a major fashion brand. #GirlBoss advises those seeking success in fashion and entrepreneurship. This best selling autobiography also had a TV show on Netflix, giving viewers a glimpse of Amoruso’s life and how she became the boss of a major retail brand and the boss of her own life.
Elsa Schiaparelli : A Biography by Merlye Secrest
In this biography, Author Merlye Secrest takes readers into the life of Designer, Elsa Schiaparelli. Elsa Schiaparelli was once known as the “Queen of Fashion” and was even more popular Coco Chanel. Secrest captures the life of Schiaparelli, who is considered to be one of the most influential designers, her rise to fame, and how she transformed the fashion industry by daring to be different.
New York: Through a Fashion Eye by Megan Hess
In this detailed guide book, Fashion Illustrator, Megan Hess, takes readers on a journey through one of the biggest fashion cities. Hess shows fashion lovers all that New York has to offer from Vogue Headquarters to Bloomingdales to Chanel with cute and elegant fashion illustrations. Featuring fashion-themed restaurants, hotels, and places to visit, this guidebook gives readers insight on where to stay, shop, eat, and explore the city. If you love NYC and fashion, you’ll definitely want to use this guide book for the next time you visit the big apple!
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