On The Bookshelf

Aug 25, 2012

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?



  1. I adore all the books about Chanel:)

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  2. it´s so cool i´ll be back soon!

  3. Unfortunately I don't read fashion books but that is a great inspiration to start :)

    See you!

  4. Oh, I am thinking about getting Savage Beauty!! It's awesome. :)

  5. i love reading fashion books- they are a great source of inspiration to me and the teen vogue handbook is one of my favourite sources of inspiration to look at!
    Savage Beauty looks really interesting too!
    thank you for the sweet comment on our blog!

    Nicole and ELi


  6. I do have a book on McQueen but it's not Savage Beauty - I can't wait to get it though, should be breathtaking! Great post on chic reads!


  7. I own the first two books and I absolutely love them! They're equally indispensable and such fun to flip through once in a while. I also love Lauren Conrad's book called "Style" :)

  8. I love buying fashion books and looking at them time and time again! Will add these to my list! :)

  9. nice selection! thanks for sharing!

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  10. I have Savage Beauty! Bought it at the Prada exhibit at the MET as well as the Prada book. Have you considered reading that one too?



  11. Fashion is everywhere.. and I also find inspiration for fashion everywhere, too.

    Check out the Prada coffee table book - that's my favourite!

  12. awesome recommendations!

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  13. such a great guide! :) Must get my hands on these!

  14. i loved the teen vogue handbook -- totally intrigued by the mcqueen book! i am always looking for a new read :) xo


  15. good choice!Lovely blog.What about following each other?

  16. i'd love to have the people in vogue book! and how fitting to have kate on the cover :)

  17. I have the third one too!! :D
    If you have time, I'd love to know your opinion about my fashion blog. It's all about my style and preferences! :)
    Luzia M.

  18. I've been meaning to get to the teen vogue handbook for the longest time, getting a glimpse into the industry is indispensable.


  19. omg, I need to get the teen vogue handbook. Fabulous post, love. If you get a sec, part 2 of my interview with Pretty Little Liar's stylistas is up. I'd love to hear your thoughts. xo


  20. I love fashion books,to read plus they also look fab on your book shelf :D Love fashion books with gorgeous images and editorals.I have a Grazia book,which looks so beautiful,metallic gold! plus so much gorgeous tips,and street fashion photos x

    Fab blog,new follower :) Hope you have a wonderful weekend x

  21. Great blog! Thanks for your lovely coment on my post :)

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  22. I have been wanting to purchase the Teen Vogue handbook, but I never get around to it! I think it's about time lol.



  23. I have tho Vogue book. It is AMAZING! I read it like a hundred times and still not bored of it. <3


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