While some find inspiration and information about fashion in magazines and online, we sometimes forget the most important source, books. Written by professionals from the industry, you can definitely trust what’s written between the cover pages. Here’s a list of five different books every true fashionista should read.
- In Vogue: The Illustrated History of the World’s Most Famous Fashion Magazine, Alberto Oliva and Norberto Angeletti
Vogue, probably the most recognized fashion magazine of all time, has published a countless number of fashion books. What we love about Vogue is their visuals, why else would you buy it if not for the pretty pictures? In Vogue offers a fascinating insight to the history of the world’s most influential magazine, including iconic covers and photo shoots from famous photographers.
- Fashion, Akiko Fukai, Tamami Suoh, Miki Iwagami, Reiko Koga and Rie Nii Volume I and II
If you are interested in the history of fashion and costumes, these two books are definitely worth having for reference. The Kyoto Costume Institute offers readers information on the social aspects that fashion can provide. With beautiful illustrations depicting the clothes from the 18th to the 20th century, Fashion will have you traveling through time.
- Chanel Three Book Set, Francois Baudot and Francoise Aveline
Coco Chanel, the pioneer of French Fashion, has a few books dedicated to her. This three-book set examines Chanel‘s endless legacy through the creative domains that made the brand famous: fashion, jewelry and perfume. Gabrielle Coco is such an inspiration, proving that determination and passion can get you a long way.
- 100 Years of Menswear, Cally Blackman
A rich, captivating collection of illustrations, which covers the development of men’s fashion over the last century. This book explores the elegance of tailoring, the tough khaki and uniformed denim as well as other styles. Flick through images of Hollywood style icons and explore the impact of fashion designers and artist’s on men’s fashion, 100 Years of Menswear is definitely a must have for fashion students, historians and lovers of men’s fashion.
- 100 Contemporary Fashion Designers, Terry Jones
100 Contemporary Fashion Designers gives an overview of fashion from a worldwide perspective in the 21st Century. The promising creators, superstars of tomorrow are present, next to the greatest names in history. This books is an indispensable reference for anyone who is interested in the future of fashion.
Let us know which book is your favourite!
Written by Emilie Heyl