One of the greatest parts about fashion is that it has an impact on every part of a person's life. Whether you like fashion or not, it will always be around you - in malls, in your own closet, in your favorite TV shows. Fashion touches every part of our lives. For someone like me, it is incredible to see the influence and power of the industry. As many of you know, aside from fashion, I am an avid reader. My bookshelf is filled with all sorts of books - from realistic and historical fiction to nonfiction, from NYTimes bestsellers to little-known novels which I end up loving. I don't consider fashion books as a whole new genre, but books based on the industry, and its designers and photographers are overflowing with novels on fashion and style. Many of the books are fashion and shopping tips but multiple books on focused on showcasing the talent of the industry. My top three favorite books? Savage Beauty, The Teen Vogue Handbook, and People in Vogue.
This book has glorified and immortalized the incredible life and work of Alexander McQueen. I keep it in my room and whenever I am seeking inspiration, I flip through its pages. The haunting beauty of each collection is displayed in Savage Beauty. Every aspiring fashion designer should have a copy of this book. It describes McQueen's fateful journey into fashion and how his career reflected the world as a whole. A breathtaking collection of quotes and photographs.
I am sure many readers have a copy of this bestselling book. The Teen Vogue Handbook is any teenage girl's dream. Dozens of interviews with every leading industry insider imaginable gives fashion-lovers invaluable advice and insight into the world they so desperately want to be a part of. From interviews with Marc Jacobs to Anna Wintour to Mario Testino, anyone who is looking for any sort of position in the fashion world will receive priceless information for their future careers. I loved that Teen Vogue included the experiences and tips of interns and assistants, too.
This book accumulates hundreds of stunning portraits of the people who defined fashion, from the 1900's to today. Gorgeous black & white pictures of every celebrity, model, and designer imaginable exposes the beauty of the most incredible century. My absolute favorite photographs of Coco Chanel, Jean Shrimpton, and Brigitte Bardot are all featured in the wonderful book. You can spend hours pouring over each astounding picture.
Which fashion books are your favorite? Have you read any of the books above?