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Fashion books that you must own

Get styling tips and trend from this reading list that is more varied than your wardrobe!

Drishti Arora (t2 Intern)   |   Published 07.05.21, 02:57 AM

Haven’t stepped out in ages and dying for a dose of fashion? From Christian Dior’s book of styling tips to glamour fantasy novels, there is a little something for every fashionista.

Nevertheless, She Wore It: 50 Iconic Fashion Moments by Ann Shen

Illustrator and author Ann Shen shares a study of some of the most iconic fashion moments in this book. It’s not only a book but an inspiration for readers to find their inner style. Packed with gorgeous illustrations and stories about women who portrayed stunning style, this book explores 50 different fashion styles, demonstrating women empowerment from revolutionary bikini to presidential pantsuits.

The Last Collection by Jeanne Mackin

A novel about a rivalry between two fashion designers — Coco Chanel and Elsa Schiaparelli — The Last Collection is set in one of the most iconic fashion cities, Paris. When recently widowed Lily Sutter visits Paris, she is caught between Chanel and Schiaparelli’s personal war. The book gets absorbing with every single page as the two design stalwarts engage in a fierce competition that reaches new and dangerous heights.

The Fashion Committee by Susan Juby

The Fashion Committee is a light-hearted YA novel which revolves around a fashion competition. Two people are aiming for a scholarship to the private art high school that could make their dreams come true. Will one contest change the course of their entire life? Filled with art and creativity, this book is perfect for anyone with a passion for fashion.

Love. Style. Life. by Garance Doré

Style is revealed through storytelling in this book that is packed with stunning illustrations and a narrative journey. Love. Style. Life. shares stories from the fashion frontlines with French-girl-next-door wit and advice from combining

J. Crew with Chanel. Getting front-row seats to falling in love and pursuing a life and career in fashion. Doré’s effortless French style is adored throughout the book.

The It Girls by Karen Harper

Based on the lives of two sisters, The It Girls is a fantasy for every fashion lover. Lucy sailed Titanic and began a fashion empire while Elinor overtook Hollywood and outraged the world. Despite their misunderstanding and distance, their bond remains strong, making them the “It Girls” of their day. The flirtatious gowns, creativity, ambition, fabulous dresses, glamour and lifestyle of celebrities –– everything to make a fashionista’s eyes sparkle.

The Price of Illusion: A Memoir by Joan Juliet Buck

Who would not like to read the memoir of former editor-in-chief of Paris Vogue, Joan Juliet Buck? Her memoir tells the story of her life lived in London, New York, Rome, Milan and Paris. She became the first and only American women to fill Paris Vogue’s desired position of editor in chief. She encounters ups and downs of her publishing career in the fashion world. However, what happens when her fantasy world in Vogue comes to an end? Her journey of self-discovery will take you to the most beautiful and heart-breaking phase where you read along about fashion, celebrities, love and loss.

Fashion victims: The Dangers of Dress Past and Present by Alison Matthews David

Fashion has been a glitzy world fantasised by most of us and we have listed all the glorious books for you to read. However, Fashion Victims has in store something else. It shows us accounts of dangerous fashion objects and garments that have lead to hazardous incidents. Oscar Wilde’s half-sisters and dancer Isadora were strangled by scarves. It shows how garments have tortured those who made and wore them, also harming animals and environment in the process. Matthews David portrays the dark side of fashion by starting right from Greek mythology to the present day. A book which will help you face the gruesome reality and is worth a read!

The Little Book of Dior by Karen Homer

A must-have book for anyone with an interest in fashion. It will take you to the journey of Dior’s childhood to his way to the fashion house today. It depicts Dior’s different styles and creativity over the years. Beautifully illustrated and pocket-friendly, it represents Dior’s 70 years of spectacular rise in the world of Parisian fashion. One of the most compelling stories of 20th-century fashion, the book makes a lovely gift.

The Fashion Designer Survival Guide: Start and Run Your Own Fashion Business by Mary Gehlhar

An author and consultant to many designers like Zac Posen, Rebecca Taylor and Cloak, Mary Gehlhar suggests her readers some top ideas to enter the fashion industry. The Fashion Designer Survival Guide will help you set up your business in fashion, providing some fine tools, latest trends, insights into a successful career as an independent designer and much more. For people deciding to step into the world of fashion design, this is your perfect guide.

The Paris Seamstress by Natasha Lester

A life-affirming, engrossing novel, in The Paris Seamstress, a young seamstress named Estella Bissette dreams of becoming a famous fashion designer. Those who are a fan of historical fiction and fashion will love this book which travels back and forth between two different time periods, one in Paris while the other in New York.

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