5 Great Books Every Fashionista Should Read

Posted on 07 July 2016

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Fashion books are delicious. 

From their full-page photographs to their behind-the-scenes looks at some of the most secretive couture happenings in the world, fashion books are a genre that appeals to the creative minds of those who see art in the everyday clothing that people wear, and the opportunity to be create with each morning in front of the closet.

From fashion bibles to photo anthologies, this list of style books is sure to be coveted from coffee table to nightstand, library to coffee shops

 Grace by Grace Coddington

  1. Grace by Grace Coddington

Was there ever a more beloved character than Grace Coddington?

Only known to those Vogue fashion slaves who were addicted to the magazine masthead before The September Issue was released, Coddington sprang onto the scene as a leading pop culture icon after the behind the scenes documentary made her it's hero. As the wonderfully expressive, Titian-haired goddess that created photo masterpieces for Anna Wintour's back pages, Coddington's journey from an unknown girl winning a British Vogue modeling contest to famously occupying the second most in demand job on the planet is one that can't be missed by anyone who claims to love fashion.   

Available on Amazon.com. $23.34.

 The beautiful fall Alicia Drake

  1. The Beautiful Fall: Fashion, Genius, and Glorious Excess in 1970s Paris by Alicia Drake

For those of us too young to know, the seventies must have been an incredible time to be alive; Studio 54 was a thing, Pat Cleveland was one of the first Americans to walk in Paris, and Yves St Laurent and Karl Lagerfeld were at each other’s throat in a competition for the fashion king throne. Between disco parties and glitter bombs, The Beautiful Fall is an elaborately told story of two design mavericks as they shaped their worlds—and the rest of the world—in an attempt to make a lasting mark. For fans of the fashion, trends and lifestyle of the decade, this is one read you will pick up and not put down. 

Available at Barnes and Noble, $20.79

 Valentino rise and fall book

  1. Valentino: Themes and Variations by Pamela Golbin 

As one of the only two couture houses recognized by the French government outside of Paris, Valentino has long been a designer associated with pure elegance and glamor, and this retrospective that marked his retirement after 45 years at the helm of the house is one for the ages. Pages and pages of Old Hollywood, New Hollywood and everything in between means for truly sumptuous reading for any style maven or pop culture junkie.

Paired with the documentary, Valentino: The Last Emperor (available on US Netflix and accessible all over the world with the help of a VPN), lovers of high style can get a truly intimate look at the industry that will transform the way you look at getting dressed in the morning. So beware—you might just grow out of your yoga pants phase after seeing a Valentino creation jump from the sketchpad to the runway!

Available on Amazon.com. $54.00

 gothic dark glamor valerie steele

  1. Gothic: Dark Glamour by Valerie Steele

Some fashion sects may be called misunderstood, some may be called strange, but behind every fashion genre is a great story, hence my recommendation for Gothic: Dark Glamour. Born out of Edwardian and Elizabethan influences, the Gothic tribe has a long, intricate history that combines inspiration and details from many different corners of history, and gives us a unique style that goes form and form haute goth to gothic lolita in the blink of an eye. So much more interesting than just a studded choker from Hot Topic, the Gothic persuasion can count the little black dress among its discoveries, and that’s a story worth getting to the bottom of. 

Available on Amazon.com. Starting at $57.72

naked fashion  

  1. Naked Fashion: The New Sustainable Fashion Revolution by Safia Minney

While the fashion world is glamorous, it also has an enormous impact on the world, and sometimes that effect isn't as sunshiney as the spring runway color palettes. In Miney's Naked Fashion, readers get the opportunity to delve into the sometimes underexposed world of how fashion is made, transported and put in the stores and get an in-depth exploration of the ethics and exploitations that occur in the industry. Through interviews and page after page of beautiful photographs, follow key players in the industry as they attempt to transform fashion into a more environmentally friendly and impactful business.

Available at Barnes and Noble Marketplace. Starting at $13.70 

Fashion is all about visuals, and while a picture is worth a thousand words, sometimes those pictures deserve just a few more than a thousand, so grab these great volumes on fashion and get to studying. You’ll never stumble across better homework than fashion homework for the rest of your life.

 (Disclaimer: Book cover images courtesy of Google Images. All covers are sole property of their owner(s). We do not claim to hold any rights for these images.

Title image credit: Shutterstock) 

Author Bio

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Cassie is a technology and entertainment blogger who loves movies, books and fashion and enjoys the opportunity to combine all three.


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