Top 10 Best Books to Read in Fashion Design - October 2021



Books in the fashion design non-fiction genre are about the art of cloth designing, aesthetics, trendy accessories. They can include both past makeup trends, jewelry, hairstyles, clothes, shoes, and recent fashion styles. In addition, these books can be about biographies and autobiographies of famous fashion designers. Usually, fashion design keeps varying from time to time and place to place. Therefore, authors keep publishing new editions that focus on functional and aesthetically pleasing styles. This genre helps readers choose the best designing pattern, color, style, casual wear, and party wear. The fashion design genre can be combined with other genres. Here are our top ten recommendations if you are looking for the best books to read in Fashion Design.

1. Chanel: Collections and Creations


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Fashion Design - October 2021

Chanel's combination of tradition, originality and style has always made it the most seductive of brands. Here the House of Chanel opens its private archives, revealing a galaxy of brilliant designs created by Coco Chanel from the 1920s onwards, and now reinterpreted to become the motifs for brand new garments, accessories and beauty products. Inspired by the House's signature fragrance, the legendary ‘Chanel No 5’, the book explores five central themes – the suit, the camellia, jewelry, fragrances and make-up, and the little black dress – and follows the threads from past to present to show how these key items have been rediscovered and reinvented by fashion designers working in the footsteps of their illustrious predecessors. This visual journey is enhanced by previously unpublished archive photographs and original drawings by Karl Lagerfeld, as well as glorious images from some of the greatest names in fashion photography. Dazzling clothes, intricate accessories, beautiful models and timeless design leave no doubt as to the lasting fame of the brand and embody everything that has come to symbolize the magic of Chanel. llustrations: 159

  • Author: Daniele Bott
  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson; 1st Edition (January 1, 2007)
  • Genre: Arts & Photography, Graphic Design
  • ISBN: 978-0500513606
  • Dimensions: 9.9 x 1 x 11.3 inches

                 

2. Little Book of Louis Vuitton: The Story of the Iconic Fashion House (Little Books of Fashion)


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Fashion Design - October 2021

Little Book of Louis Vuitton is the pocket-sized and fully illustrated story of one of the world's most luxurious fashion houses. Louis Vuitton's monogrammed bags have been seen on the arms of celebrities and royals alike for over 150 years. From the young Louis seeking his fortune in Paris through to two world wars, the Great Depression, the Jazz Age and the Swinging Sixties, there is no era in which this most opulent of brands hasn't thrived. Detailing the global expansion of Louis Vuitton in the 1980s, the creation of the powerful fashion conglomerate LVMH, and the appointment in 1997 of Marc Jacobs, this is the story of a transformation from luggage company to high-fashion label. Louis Vuitton's continued evolution under the creative direction of Nicolas Ghesquière and Virgil Abloh is also depicted through fabulous images and captivating text.

  • Author: Karen Homer
  • Publisher: Welbeck Publishing (September 7, 2021)
  • Genre: Arts & Photography, Graphic Design
  • ISBN: 978-1787397415
  • Dimensions: 4.92 x 7.09 inches

                 

3. Tom Ford


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Fashion Design - October 2021

Tom Ford has become one of fashion's great icons. He transformed Gucci from a moribund accessories label into one of the sexiest fashion brands in the world. His designs have increased sales at Gucci tenfold and have helped build the Gucci brand into the luxury goods conglomerate that it is today. Ford brought a hard-edged style synonymous with 21st century glamour to his clothes, and Hollywood sat up and took note. This book is a complete catalogue of Ford's design work for both Gucci and Yves Saint Laurent from 1994 to 2004. It chronicles not only Ford's clothing and accessories designs for both houses, but also explores Ford's grand vision for the complete design of a brand, including architecture, store design, and advertising. Tom Ford features more than 200 photographs by Richard Avedon, Mario Testino, Steven Meisel, Helmut Newton, Herb Ritts, Terry Richardson, Craig McDean, Todd Eberle, and numerous other photographers including many previously unpublished images. Published to coincide with his departure from Gucci, this book has been created with Ford's full cooperation and every page reflects his exceptional taste. It is Ford's testament to a career of singular moments reinventing the boundaries of style and sensuality in clothing.

  • Author: Tom Ford
  • Publisher: Rizzoli; Slp edition (November 4, 2008)
  • Genre: Arts & Photography, Graphic Design
  • ISBN: 978-0847826698
  • Dimensions: 11.4 x 2.23 x 14.8 inches

                 

4. For the Love of White: The White and Neutral Home


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Fashion Design - October 2021

Create calming, peaceful spaces in your home with white and neutral tones with the first home decorating book from The White Company, published as this much-loved brand celebrates its twenty-fifth anniversary. “The thing about white is that it goes with everything, it is a canvas for life, whoever you are and whatever your tastes. You just can’t beat it.”—Chrissie Rucker Whether you live in a tiny city apartment, a rambling country cottage or an elegant town house For the Love of White offers the definitive book on decorating with white and neutral ones. From room schemes for light, bright family kitchens and calming bedrooms to the all-important finishing touches—this is a book to be inspired by again and again. Illustrated with specially commissioned photography by leading interiors photographer, Chris Everard and organized into three sections—Country, Town and Coastal—the book provides both the advice and the inspiration needed to transform your home.

  • Author: Chrissie Rucker
  • Publisher: Harper Design; Illustrated edition (October 22, 2019)
  • Genre: Arts & Photography, Graphic Design
  • ISBN: 978-0062955869
  • Dimensions: 8.8 x 1.1 x 11.4 inches

                 

5. Louis Vuitton: The Birth of Modern Luxury Updated Edition


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Fashion Design - October 2021

When Louis Vuitton: The Birth of Modern Luxury was published in 2004, the book was the first to describe the dramatic rise of the world’s finest luxury company. Written with full access to the company’s archives, it demonstrates Louis Vuitton’s passion for fine design with a stunning array of archival art, product designs, and cutting-edge advertising. The company is examined through the lives of its first three leaders—founder Louis (who invented the modern trunk), his son Georges, and his grandson Gaston. Now with fresh information on subjects such as designs for ready-to-wear clothing, shoes, jewelry, and even automobiles, this new edition includes 20 additional pages and updated material throughout the book, covering the brand’s recent history, with new texts and photographs.

  • Author: Louis Vuitton
  • Publisher: Abrams; Revised ed. edition (December 1, 2012)
  • Genre: Arts & Photography, Graphic Design
  • ISBN: 978-1419705564
  • Dimensions: 12.5 x 9.88 x 2.12 inches

                 



6. Little Book of Dior (Little Books of Fashion)


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Fashion Design - October 2021

This richly illustrated entry in the stylish series tells the story of groundbreaking designer Christian Dior and the fashion house he founded. Christian Dior's spectacular rise to the upper echelons of Parisian haute couture is one of the most compelling stories of twentieth-century fashion. An art gallerist with a contemporary vision, Dior’s debut collection invented the “new look” silhouette and revolutionized the way women dressed, shopped, and saw themselves. The House of Dior’s unique style blended the traditional, artisanal skills of the French fashion house―tailoring and intricate embellishment―with a modern sensibility. Dior himself helmed the company for only a decade, but it has flourished under the creative direction of some of the most storied names in fashion. Currently, Maria Grazia Chiuri steers the brand as it stays true to its identity―of opulence, femininity, drama, and what Christian Dior called “the complete look,” from garments to perfume and shoes. Little Book of Dior tells the story of Christian Dior’s early life, the brand’s inception, the triumphs of the couture collections on the catwalk and the red carpet, and the brand’s journey after the death of its founder.

  • Author: Karen Homer
  • Publisher: Welbeck (March 3, 2020)
  • Genre: Arts & Photography, Graphic Design
  • ISBN: 978-1787393776
  • Dimensions: 5 x 0.7 x 7.2 inches

                 

7. Timeless Paris: Ateliers Emporiums Savoir Faire


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Fashion Design - October 2021

Artist and designer Marin Montagut takes readers inside twenty of his favorite quintessentially Parisian locations, seemingly untouched by time, that provide rich creative inspiration.   Discover the studios and shops where artisans hand­craft and sell exquisite items on-site in charming Parisian locations where the skill has been passed on for decades—or centuries—of continuous operation. These often-hidden gems provide unique details that will inspire designers, artists, and creatives of all stripes.   To source the unique elements that can define the character of a room, clients—such as the Metro­politan Museum—have ordered custom decorative curtain tassels from Passementerie Verrier since 1753. A visit to Boiseries Féau can transform even the humblest apartment into a château interior with a restored carved door or elaborate molding. A la Providence and its array of hardware and fittings from every decorative period is a home renovator’s heaven.   For the artist—the finest supplies and the dreamiest ateliers are peppered through the capital. Degas’s graceful dancers were drawn with pigments from the Maison du Pastel, which has hand-rolled a mesmer­izing palette of colors according to their secret trademarked formula since 1720. Fashion designers have chosen from the thousands of hat trimmings, buttons, ribbons, and sumptuous fabrics in stock at Ultramod since 1832.   Revel in the city’s artisanal traditions; this book is a vibrant source of inspiration in twenty quaint, time­less spaces.

  • Author: Marin Montagut
  • Publisher: Flammarion (October 5, 2021)
  • Genre: Arts & Photography, Graphic Design
  • ISBN: 978-2080206985
  • Dimensions: 8.19 x 1.03 x 11.22 inches

                 

8. HRH: So Many Thoughts on Royal Style


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Fashion Design - October 2021

**THE INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER** Veteran style journalist Elizabeth Holmes expands her popular Instagram series, So Many Thoughts , into a nuanced look at the fashion and branding of the four most influential members of the British Royal Family: Queen Elizabeth II; Diana, Princess of Wales; Catherine, The Duchess of Cambridge; and Meghan, The Duchess of Sussex. Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle are global style icons, their every fashion choice chronicled and celebrated. With all eyes on them, the duchesses select clothes that send a message about their values, interests, and priorities. Their thoughtful sartorial strategies follow in the footsteps of Queen Elizabeth II and Diana, Princess of Wales, two towering figures known for using their personal style to great acclaim. With one section devoted to each woman, HRH is a celebration of their stories and their style, pairing hundreds of gorgeous photographs with extensive research. A picture emerges of the British monarchy’s evolution and the power of royal fashion, showing there’s always more than what meets the eye.

  • Author: Elizabeth Holmes
  • Publisher: Celadon Books (November 17, 2020)
  • Genre: Arts & Photography, Photography & Video
  • ISBN: 978-1250625083
  • Dimensions: 7.27 x 0.97 x 9.29 inches

                 

9. 52 Weeks of Socks: Beautiful patterns for year-round knitting


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Fashion Design - October 2021

52 Weeks of Socks is a modern collection of sock patterns from Nordic knitting experts Laine. What is more special than a pair of hand-knitted socks? Perfect for curling up at home on cozy winter evenings and crisp autumn mornings, or for hiking adventures over spring afternoons and summer nights, knitted socks are the ultimate small luxury. Whether they're a treat for yourself or a heartfelt gift, there's love in every stitch. Knitting is more than just knit, knit, purl. It is a feeling. This whimsical book contains a beautiful pair of socks for every week of the year. That's 52 sock patterns contributed by 46 leading knitwear designers from across the world, suitable for knitters of all abilities. Each uses different yarns and techniques, including projects with stunning stitch definition and classic slippers for beginners. From sole to toe, these easy-to-follow patterns will sweep you up with stunning photography and styling that evokes the inspiring Nordic landscape and slow living. 52 Weeks of Socks is a book to treasure and return to again and again, not just for weeks but for years to come.

  • Author: Laine
  • Publisher: Hardie Grant (August 17, 2021)
  • Genre: Arts & Photography, Graphic Design
  • ISBN: 978-1743797563
  • Dimensions: 8.25 x 0.75 x 10.75 inches

                 

10. Coco Chanel: The Illustrated World of a Fashion Icon


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Fashion Design - October 2021

"In order to be irreplaceable, one must always be different" - Coco Chanel Fashion is ever-changing, influenced by the key designers that capture a moment in history; and Coco Chanel is arguably the most significant influence on women's fashion in the twentieth century. Coco Chanel: The Illustrated World of a Fashion Icon is a compilation of Megan Hess' stunning illustrations of the 100 most quintessential moments through Chanel's history, from Coco's incredible life, to the impact of Karl Lagerfeld and the incredible items that have become fashion icons - the little black dress, the luxurious bags and accessories, glamorous jewellery and of course the renowned Chanel No 5 perfume. Interspersed with historical anecdotes and famous quotes from Coco herself, Karl Lagerfeld and other key fashion icons of the era, this book is an elegant and immersive introduction to the moments that shaped Coco and the iconic Chanel brand - and how fashion, in turn, shaped their lives.

  • Author: Megan Hess
  • Publisher: Hardie Grant; Illustrated edition (October 13, 2015)
  • Genre: Arts & Photography, Graphic Design
  • ISBN: 978-1743790663
  • Dimensions: 6 x 0.75 x 8.75 inches