What’s more glamorous than a book-worm? A fashionable book-worm, natch . Every fashionista needs to be well-informed in the arena of fashion literature which is sadly, less numerous, so to speak. This compiled list of fashion bibles are a must-have and gives an amazing insight with illustrations, into the history and anatomy of what we have come to refer as “ fashion ”. Discover here, the eight must-read books for every fashionista and give your bookshelves a nice addition or pepper your coffee table with these dainty collections of gems or maybe, just wrap it up as a gift for your friends this year.
1. The Golden age of Couture: Paris and London 1947-1957 by Claire Wilcox
A beautifully crafted book, focusing on the Parisian and British Couture between 1947 and 1957, the decade of fashion’s “ Golden Age ”, as hailed by Dior. It features illustrations of stunning ball gowns and tailoring patterns, along with evocative and interpretative photographs, revealing the skilled craftsmanship of Haute couture for almost 60 years and, the inspiration behind some of the most famous styles, including designs by Stella McCartney, Alexander McQueen, Dior, Gareth Pugh and the likes.
2. Coco Chanel: The Legend and the Life by Justine Picardie
Sleek. Chic. Notoriously guarded.
Welcome to the secret world of Gabrielle Chanel.
A look into the woman behind the sophisticated clothes, elegant bags and shoes and the Chanel 5 perfume. Born in a poor household and raised in a convent orphanage, and leading an unconventional adulthood, Picardie narrates a powerful account, a look beneath the glossy public persona, through interviews with Chanel’s last surviving relatives and peers , of the almost mythic fashion powerhouse, that was Coco Chanel.
3. The One Hundred :A guide to the pieces every stylish woman must own by Nina Garcia
A book to devour, this book is Nina Garcia’s take on the 100 classic pieces that every woman must own, from A-line’s to cashmeres to an ipod, in a very informative, ” big sis ” way. The One Hundred provides women, a style guide map, with illustrations from renowned fashion illustrator, Ruben Toledo , on items that Nina believes will never go out of style.
4. Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty by Andrew Bolton
The most influential, at times bizarre but, highly provocative designer of his generation, Alexander McQueen outright challenged the fashion conventions to express his ideas on race, religion and sexuality. The book features his most iconic and radical designs, technological innovations and, the undeniably extravagant runway presentations which echoes the silhouette of performance art. A truly remarkable book celebrating the originality of a creative individual who never stopped questioning and confronting .
5. Kate Spade New York: Things we love by Kate Spade New York
This is a one of a kind, love-at-first-sight book, with all the candy colors, amazing layout and the pictures. Who doesn’t love Kate Spade’s designs? Sure we do. A really cool and inspirational ,vintage-esque coffee table book that will make you want to fly to New York. Absolutely Divine. (I just can’t stop gushing ’bout it!) .
6. Fashion: A History from the 18th to the 20th century (Collection from the Kyoto Costume Institute) by Akiko Fukai
Be it a sari, a kimono or a ball gown, these are those items that define a person’s heritage. The Kyoto Costume Institute had realized this, and has amassed one of the world’s most extensive collection of clothing from the four corners of the globe, from rare 17th century clothing pieces to modern day Armanis. With expert illustrations from the Institute’s archives, Fashion thrills us with its roller-coaster ride of clothing across the span of three centuries.
7. The Official Preppy book by Lisa Birnbach
As Sir Hardy Amies had once famously quoted about menswear: ” A man should look as if he has bought his clothes with intelligence, put them on with care and then forgotten all about them “.
From shoes you never imagined wearing to khakis, this book informs you on how to dress like the classic preps of the last century (note: Prez Kennedy) and yes, how to rock those ultra preppy blazers.
8. Lauren Conrad Style by Lauren Conrad
The always fabulous Lauren Conrad reveals here, her tips on how to create your own unique look and the must-haves. Along the way, she examines her own style evolution and, her various beauty and hair secrets, unlocking the mysteries to be effortlessly chic.
These listed books are in no particular order and are amazing in equal measures. One of the best fashion books, they are beautifully crafted with enchanting and evocative photographs and, bits of infos that will keep you hooked as you while away the boredom with a cup of coffee.