Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Fashion: Top 5 Books To Buy About The Fashion Industry

Books have a strong relationship to the fashion industry. Anyone who has become anyone has a book, whether they wrote it, or someone wrote it about their work. But what about the books that cover how to get to that point? Here are a few suggestions for those of you who are serious about digging in to the impermeable surface of fashion's inner circle.
  1. The Teen Vogue Handbook – This is an impeccable source of information and tips on breaking out in the industry from some of the most influential people in their specific field. Interviews with everyone from Anna Wintour to Marc Jacobs are covered in this high gloss book.

  2. The Little Dictionary of Fashion: A Guide To Dress Sense for Every Women - This is such a classic little handbook by the man himself, Christian Dior. His description of each piece of a women's wardrobe is exquisite and helps to garner that fantastic vocabulary one should have in the fashion industry.
    3. If You Have To Cry Go Outside: And Other Things Your Mother Never Told You by Kelly Cutrone - Kelly as you should know, is one to speak her mind and this book is no exception. She offers her take on everything from moving to a big city, to cultivating the right relationships in the industry. A must read for those looking to step out of their comfort zone and reach for the stars.

  1. Survey Of Costume History by Phyllis G. Tortora and Keith Eubank – Knowing your fashion history is as key to the industry as Bill Cunningham is to street style photography. How do you expect to critic a collection without knowing the major influences, or deciphering whether a certain sleeve was inspired from a 17th century epaulette or one from the early 20th century. Or maybe you are referencing The Chanel Pre-Fall 2011 Byzantine collection and wondering what is what about this time period that struck Karl's inspiration. These things matter, and you will sounds exceptionally intelligent.

  2. Classy: Exceptional Advice for the Extremely Modern Lady by Derek Blasberg – This book really does hold some exceptional advice. Not only does it outline how to decipher an event's dress code (as we know there will be many fashionable events to attend) to a list of important books, films and people to know in the world of fashion and culture. Take it from someone who knows his way around the industry – Derek seems to be close enough with an abundance of socialites, fashionables, and celebrities to have many personal pictures with them as a casing for his book – jealous much!?

Now don't be a wastrel, put your new found fashion education to some good use! You never know where it will get you ;)


  1. Another good one similar to the Teen Vogue Handbook - In Fashion by Annemarie Iverson. And it doesn't hurt to own Taschen's 100 Contemporary Fashion Designers.
    Anyway, the fashion shelf is clearly the best part of Chapters!
    See you soon!