For The Style Lovers: Top 10 Fashion Books

Monday, September 10, 2018

For The Style Lovers: Top 10 Fashion Books

Even if you have read one good book in your life, you will know what reading gives us. It gives you incomparable pleasure and an indicator of personal taste and passions. Your library coffee table says more about your cultural calibre than you may realize. So, these are the ten best fashion tomes of all time.

Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty by Andrew Bolton

Arguably the most influential designer of his generation, and undoubtedly the most contentious, this book pays homage to Alexander McQueen. Through masterpieces elevated by Saville Row tailoring, McQueen challenged conventions around ideas of race, class, sexuality, religion, and the environment. Published in duo with an exhibition at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, this stunning book includes in-depth studies of six collections that symbolise thematic chapters in his career as well as an interview with Sarah Burton, the creative director of Alexander McQueen. Those who missed the famous exhibition will take pleasure in this hardcopy offering.

Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty

Grace: Thirty Years of Fashion at Vogue by Grace Coddington

Her unruly red mop cannot be missed on the front row. Grace Coddington’s story captivated a broad audience for the first time in the 2009 documentary The September Issue, and her colourful 30-year career at US and British Vogue is further celebrated in this book. As the title suggests, the 408-page tome showcases some of her best work during her tenure as a fashion editor. With personal anecdotes from famous photographers and supermodels, including forewords by Anna Wintour and designer Karl Lagerfeld, it serves not only as a visual treat, but paints a picture of a much-loved industry muse.

Drop by Byron Hawes

The ‘drop’ might be a modest word, but in the fashion lexicon it captures the zeitgeist of streetwear religion. The barrier between street and ‘high’ fashion has blurred with limited edition streetwear pieces that draw in thousands of hopeful purchasers who travel between continents to secure a hyped item. New York-based writer and designer Byron Hawes takes us on a photographic journey of how hoodies and sneakers have become coveted cult items. This photo-series documents people queueing outside stores at new product launches across the globe, from brands including Supreme, Yeezy, Vetements, Off-White, and others.

The Little Dictionary of Fashion: A Guide to Dress Sense for Every Woman

The bestselling fashion classic is now available in cloth-bound special edition. Illustrated with delightful photographs and drawings, this beautiful book is the perfect gift for both the style-conscious and the desperately in need! Christian Dior reveals the secrets of style in his indispensable guide that covers everything from what to wear to a wedding and how to tie a scarf to how to walk with grace.

Champagne Supernovas: Kate Moss, Marc Jacobs, Alexander McQueen, and the ’90s Renegades Who Remade Fashion

A glittering history of fashion in the 1990s, told through the lives of Kate Moss, Marc Jacobs, and Alexander McQueen—the three iconic personalities who defined the time. Veteran style and pop culture journalist Maureen Callahan takes you back to the 90s, to the moment when supermodel glamazons gave way to heroin chic, the alternative became the mainstream, and fashion became the cradle for the most exciting artistic and cultural innovations of the age.

Dior by Dior

This autobiography gives a fascinating and detailed insight into the workings of a great fashion house, while revealing the private man behind the high-profile establishment. Christian Dior rocketed to fame with his first collection in 1947 when the ‘New Look’ took the world by storm after years of wartime austerity. This charming and modest autobiography gives a fascinating and detailed insight into the workings of a great fashion house while revealing the private man behind the high-profile establishment. It is also a unique portrait of the classic Paris haute couture of the 1950s and offers a rare glimpse behind the scenes. Dior details his childhood in Granville, the family and friends closest to him, his most difficult years and sudden success, as well as his sources of inspiration and creative processes.

Gucci: The Making of

An unprecedented publication showcasing Gucci as never before, including thought-provoking essays, commentaries, and authoritative anecdotes along with previously unpublished contemporary and archival photographs. Published in conjunction with the opening of the new Gucci Museum in Florence, Gucci is the ultimate celebration of the world-renowned fashion house. Told through a loose grouping of words, concepts, shapes, and moods, the book tells its story through new conceptual forms and the free links between images, symbols, and objects. The book is a heartfelt and personalized tribute to the heritage and influence of this iconic, multifaceted brand.    

Vogue: The Editor’s Eye

The Editor’s Eye celebrates the pivotal role the fashion editor has played in shaping America’s sense of style since the magazine’s launch 120 years ago. Drawing on Vogue’s exceptional archive, this book focuses on the work of eight of the magazine’s legendary fashion editors who collaborated with photographers, stylists, and designers to create the images that have had an indelible impact on the fashion world and beyond. 

Jeanne Damas and Lauren Bastide A Paris

In Paris is a window on the world’s most stylish city by two quintessentially Parisian women: Jeanne Damas, the it-girl, model, and actress, and Lauren Bastide, former editor-in-chief of French Elle. Dispelling the myth that there is only one type of Parisian woman, In Paris is made up of profiles of twenty different Parisiennes aged from fourteen to seventy, living in tiny studios or grand apartments, giving us a rare glimpse into their world: their homes, their careers, their style, and, most importantly, what being Parisian means to them. The portraits are illustrated with gorgeous full-colour photographs in Jeanne Damas’ inimitable style, as well as lists of secret Parisian hideaways and style tips: from the five different types of red wine to order depending on the occasion, and the bars to drink them in, to the best red lipsticks, and places to be kissed.

Giovanna Battaglia Gio-Graphy: Serious Fun in the Wild World of Fashion 

Dubbed a cyber icon and fashion heroine by the New York Times, Italian fashion editor and stylist Giovanna Battaglia is known for her colourful street style and fun-loving personality. Her monthly column in W chronicles fashion, art, and adventure. In this, her first book, she has written an irreverent how-to guide for dressing for every occasion, finding fashion inspiration, living stylishly, and having fun while doing it. 

There are so many great books to read. Whether you’re looking for something to inspire you or even gaining a new fashion industry skill, there are countless books for that. All you need is to take some time and pick which one to read.



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