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Best Fashion Books

Explore the stylish pages of the fashion world's most influential books, consistently recommended by fashion experts and leading publications for their insightful and trend-setting content.

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Best Fashion Books
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Diana Vreeland - 2003-05-08 (first published in 1984)
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Get a glimpse into the life of one of the greatest fashion icons of the 20th century with D.V. This mesmerizing autobiography by Diana Vreeland, the one-time editor of Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar, is full of magic, spontaneity, and never a dull moment. Vreeland takes the reader on a journey through her whirlwind life hobnobbing with the likes of Queen Mary, Coco Chanel, and Clark Gable, to name a few. Her genius and incomparable style-sense helped define the haute couture world for five decades. Don't miss out on this brilliant raconteur's story.
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The Beautiful Fall
Fashion, Genius, and Glorious Excess in 1970s Paris
Alicia Drake - 2006-09-05
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Fashion rivals Yves Saint Laurent and Karl Lagefeld collide in 1970s Paris, sparking a decade of high-chic fashion wars. Experience this sublime and dramatic narrative recounting their tumultuous battle for supremacy in the fashion industry.
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The Battle of Versailles
The Night American Fashion Stumbled into the Spotlight and Made History
Robin Givhan - 2015-03-17
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In 1973, American fashion faced off against European designers in an extravagant runway show at the Palace of Versailles. Pulitzer Prize winner Robin Givhan brings this historic moment to life with a sharp, engaging cultural history of the event that forever altered the fashion industry. From the in-fighting and outsized egos to the groundbreaking move to feature African American models, The Battle of Versailles offers a captivating look at a turning point in fashion history.
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A Memoir
Grace Coddington - 2012-11-20
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Experience the fascinating world of fashion through the eyes of a true industry icon. Grace: A Memoir takes you on a journey through Vogue, giving you an exclusive look at the life and art of a mastermind. Discover the creative genius of Grace Coddington and witness the captivating story of her life.
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Supreme Models
Iconic Black Women Who Revolutionized Fashion
Marcellas Reynolds - 2019-10-08
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Celebrate black models past and present with Supreme Models - the first-ever book devoted exclusively to their groundbreaking impact on fashion and pop culture. Written by celebrity stylist and journalist Marcellas Reynolds, this stunning book features revealing essays, interviews, and over 70 gorgeous photographs of the women who have reshaped the standards and boundaries of beauty. From the first black models to be featured on catalogs and magazine covers, to iconic supermodels and the newest generation of social media stars, Supreme Models pays a long-overdue tribute to their monumental influence.
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The Little Dictionary of Fashion
A Guide to Dress Sense for Every Woman
Christian Dior - 2007-11-01 (first published in 1954)
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A comprehensive guide to fashion, this charming handbook covers everything from tying a scarf to walking with grace. Written by iconic designer Christian Dior, The Little Dictionary of Fashion reveals the secrets of style, emphasizing simplicity, grooming, and good taste. Filled with timeless tips and illustrated with delightful photographs and drawings, this handbag-sized classic is a must-have for any style-conscious woman. Published for the Victoria and Albert Museum’s Golden Age of Couture exhibition celebrating the 50th anniversary of Dior’s “New Look.”
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The New Black Vanguard
Photography Between Art and Fashion
Antwaun Sargent - 2019-10-29
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"The New Black Vanguard" by Antwaun Sargent is a groundbreaking look at the radical transformation taking place in fashion and art through the lens of Black photography. This richly illustrated book features the brightest contemporary fashion photographers, including Tyler Mitchell and Nadine Ijewere, whose powerful images have reinvigorated the visual vocabulary around beauty and the body. Sargent also opens up a conversation around the role of the Black body in the marketplace and the institutional barriers faced by Black photographers. Through artist portfolios and conversations between generations, "The New Black Vanguard" proposes a brilliantly reenvisioned future of inclusion and representation.
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The Price of Fast Fashion and the Future of Clothes
Dana Thomas - 2019-09-03
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Discover the groundbreaking movement fighting against the damaging effects of the colossal clothing industry with Fashionopolis. Delve into the history of exploitative labor, environmental damage, and the need for a new human-scale model. Follow journalist Dana Thomas as she travels the world to uncover sustainable technologies and visionary designers working to revolutionize fashion. Learn about the cutting-edge techniques used to produce better, cleaner fashion, and the companies at the forefront of this movement, from small-town makers to fashion giants like Levi's and Stella McCartney. It's time to start dressing with intention, and Fashionopolis is the comprehensive guide to get you started.
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The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion
Elizabeth L. Cline - 2012-06-14
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This book explores the rise of budget clothing chains and their impact on our society, environment, and economic well-being. The author delves into the true nature of the cheap fashion juggernaut, from its effects on fashion industry workers to the harm it does to charity thrift shops and textile recyclers. Readers will learn how to break the cycle of buying and tossing, and find innovative, stylish sustainably-made options that are affordable and long-lasting.
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Tom Ford
Tom Ford - 2008-11-04 (first published in 2004)
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"Tom Ford" is a captivating exploration of the life and career of one of fashion’s most iconic figures. Through stunning photography, the book showcases Ford’s groundbreaking designs for Gucci and Yves Saint Laurent, capturing the essence of 21st century glamour. With more than 200 photographs by renowned photographers, including previously unpublished images, this volume offers an extraordinary glimpse into the complete brand vision of a true industry legend.
Deluxe by Dana Thomas
Alexander McQueen by Andrew Wilson
The End of Fashion by Teri Agins
Fashion Climbing by Bill Cunningham
Iris Apfel by Iris Apfel
Gods and Kings by Dana Thomas
To Die for by Lucy Siegle
The Fashion Designer Survival Guide by Mary Gehlhar
The End of Fashion by Teri Agins
The Vanity Fair Diaries by Tina Brown
Coco Chanel by Justine Picardie
The House of Gucci by Sara G. Forden
Dapper Dan by Daniel R. Day
The Conscious Closet by Elizabeth L. Cline
A Visible Man by Edward Enninful
Thom Browne. by Thom Browne, Andrew Bolton
Burberry Fury, Alexander - Assouline Coffee Table Book by Alexander Fury
Wardrobe Crisis by Clare Press
Miss Dior by Justine Picardie
#GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso
Naked Fashion by Safia Minney
Chic Savages by John Fairchild
The Chiffon Trenches by André Leon Talley
Bill Cunningham by New York Times
Carolina Herrera by Carolina Herrera, Wes Gordon, Elizaveta Porodina, Edward Enninful
Fashion Victims by Alison Matthews David
Advanced Style by Ari Seth Cohen
The Golden Thread by Kassia St. Clair
The Rihanna Book by Rihanna
Peter Lindbergh. A Different Vision on Fashion Photography by Thierry-Maxime Loriot
CAMP by Andrew Bolton
Diana Vreeland by Lisa Immordino Vreeland
Stitched Up by Tansy E. Hoskins
Slim Aarons by Shawn Waldron, Kate Betts
Walking with the Muses by Pat Cleveland
Simply Halston by Steven Gaines
Little Black Dress by André Leon Talley, Adam Kuehl, Paula Wallace, Gioia Diliberto, Maureen Dowd
Fresh Fly Fabulous by Elizabeth Way, Elena Romero, Slick Rick
Issues by Vince Aletti
Pharrell by Pharrell Williams, Nigo®, Tyler the Creator
Inside Haute Couture by Désirée Sadek
More Rick Owens by Rick Owens, Danielle Levitt
Rebel Stylist by Iain R. Webb
The United States of Fashion by THE EDITORS OF VOGUE
India in Fashion by Hamish Bowles, Vandana Bhandari, Suzy Menkes, Sarah Fee, Priyanka R. Khanna
The Glass of Fashion by Cecil Beaton
Fashion by Christopher Breward
Bring No Clothes by Porter Charlie
Slow Fashion by Safia Minney
The Price of Illusion by Joan Juliet Buck
Fashion and Sustainability by Kate Fletcher
A.L.T. by Andre Leon Talley
Champagne Supernovas by Maureen Callahan
ReFashioned by Sass Brown
Shoe Dog by Phil Knight
Coco Chanel by Megan Hess
Patternmaking for Fashion Design by Helen Joseph Armstrong
Gucci by Katie Grand
Chanel by Patrick Mauriès, Adélia Sabatini
The Sartorialist by Scott Schuman
In Vogue by Alberto Oliva
Louis Vuitton by Paul-Gerard Pasols
The Dress by Megan Hess
Alexander McQueen by Claire Wilcox
The Ultimate Book of Outfit Formulas by Alison Lumbatis
Tim Walker Pictures by Tim Walker
Coco Chanel Special Edition by Megan Hess
Virgil Abloh by Michael Darling
kate spade new york by Kate Spade New York
Rare Bird of Fashion by Eric Boman
Avedon Fashion 1944-2000 by Carol Squiers
Dressed by Deborah Nadoolman Landis
Unraveled by Maxine Bedat
Chanel by Jérôme Gautier
Yves Saint Laurent by Farid Florence Chenoune Muller
Brown Bohemians by Vanessa Vernon
Valentino by Pamela Golbin
Prada Catwalk by Susannah Frankel
Sustainable Fashion and Textiles by Kate Fletcher
Your Fashion [Dream] Plan by Giada Graziano
How to Read a Dress by Lydia Edwards
Sneaker Law by Kenneth Anand, Jared Goldstein
Marc Jacobs Illustrated by Marc Jacobs, Grace Coddington, Sofia Coppola
Visionaries by Frankel Susannah
Influence by Mary Kate Olsen
Dior by Dior Deluxe Edition by Christian Dior
The One Hundred by Nina Garcia
The Curated Closet by Anuschka Rees
The Devil Wears Prada a Novel by Lauren Weisberger
If You Have to Cry, Go Outside by Kelly Cutrone