What does it take to make it in fashion? How does it feel to work for Vogue? What’s the next big runway fashion trend? Fashion is glamorous and mysterious. If you want to fill your bookcase with inspiring stories, memoirs from fashion moguls or coffee table books featuring industry leaders we are here. If you love fashion, keep reading for 10 books related to fashion.
Leave Your Mark by Aliza Licht
Leave Your Mark by Aliza Light is a must-read if you are looking to break into the worlds of fashion PR, social media, journalism, or other forms of public relations. She was Donna Karan International’s SVP for Global Communications, and she has gone on to create a successful New York City marketing agency. This book is full of interview tips and advice about how to make it in the creative industry. It’s not a list of things you should do; it’s a list of things that you must do. After you finish reading, you should listen to the Leave Your Mark podcast.
Capture your style By Aimee Song
Fashion is alive on Instagram, as well as in magazines and photo shoots. Aimee Song, a well-known blogger, shares her style tips in her book Capture Your Style. Aimee’s tips will help you avoid posting another #ootd to Instagram. This fashion book is full of great tips and tricks, including how to edit photos and style social media posts.
Clothes and other things that matter by Alexandra Shulman
Alexandra Shulman was the Editor-in-Chief and longest-serving Editor of British Vogue. Alexandra Shulman’s book Clothes and Other Things That Matters explores fashion history, social commentary, and iconic style icons through a memoir.
The Vanity Fair Diaries by Tina Brown
The Vanity Fair Diaries is a great memoir that tells lavish stories about society. Tina Brown served as Editor-in-Chief at Tatler, Vanity Fair and The New Yorker from 1979 to 1998. Tina Brown’s experiences working in New York City during Anna Wintour’s time at Vogue give us a glimpse into the fashion industry. This book will have you hooked on the glittering age of media and publishing New York City.
The Chiffon Trenches by Andre Leon Talley
In his memoir, The Chiffon Trenches, Andre Leon Talley shares his honest and candid thoughts on his fashion career from New York City to Paris. The fashion mogul tells stories about his close friendships to Karl Lagerfeld, Anna Wintour and others. Andre Leon Talley’s memoir, which is not afraid to speak out about the brutality of the fashion industry’s past fifty years, offers a glimpse into the history of fashion. This memoir is a must-see. You can also watch Andre Leon Talley’s documentary, The Gospel According to Andrey.
Own it: The secret to life by Diane von Furstenberg
Diane von Furstenberg explains that “The secret to life” is to own our flaws. Accept your vulnerability. It becomes our strength. No matter what the challenge, take ownership of it. “Owning it is the first step towards everything.” The iconic designer shares her advice in Own It: the Secret To Life.
The New Black Vanguard: Photography Between Art and Fashion by Antwaun Sargent
Antwaun is an editor, writer and curator based in New York City. His book, The New Black Vanguard, is a stunning photo essay that discusses how Black culture interrelates with fashion, art, and culture. The book features the work of Black photographers like Tyler Mitchell, Arielle Robert-Willis, and Jamal Nxedlana. It was published in conjunction with a photography exhibit curated by Sargent at Aperture Gallery, New York City.
Grace: A Memoir by Grace Coddington
Grace Coddington is a fashion icon with her bright, brilliant hair and crazy love for cats. Grace Coddington is Vogue’s Creative Director. She has a unique perspective on the creative industries in London and New York City. Grace: A Memoir is Grace’s story, including her 20-year career at Vogue. You’re probably excited about this book if it’s The September Issue. But if not, and even if so, it’s a must-see documentary on Vogue magazine.
Love Style Life by Garance Dore
Garance Dore, the iconic French fashion icon, is featured in Garance’s book Love Style Life. It includes beautiful illustrations, photography, and wisdom. This guide to French taste is witty and informative. It’s the perfect book for a coffee table. Garance Dore’s blog, We Are Dore, offers more style advice.
Iris Apfel: Accidental Icon by Iris Apfel
Iris Apfel is a design icon that embraces texture and colour. In Iris Apfel: Accidental Icon, the New Yorker shares fashion advice and anecdotes in her book. Iris Apfel is a pioneer in pushing the boundaries. Her fascinating and inspiring life story includes co-founding Old World Weavers, a textile company she started with her husband. This book is a must-read for anyone who considers themselves to be an original. Iris Apfel’s documentary Iris will make you love this book.