Top 10 Best Books to Read in Fashion Design - August 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 - August 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 This visual journey is enhanced by previously unpublished archive photographs and original drawings by Karl Lagerfeld, as well as glorious images from some of the greatest names in fashion photography.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. Tom Ford


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Fashion Design - August 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

                 

3. Little Book of Prada: The Story of the Iconic Fashion House (Little Books of Fashion)


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

Little Book of Prada is the pocket-sized and beautifully illustrated story of the legendary fashion house. Understated elegance and luxury, technologically advanced fabrics and sublime originality of design are all hallmarks of the House of Prada. In this miniature monograph, Laia Farran Graves documents the history and heritage of the brand, from the company's origins as a leather-goods manufacturer to the global fashion empire created by Miuccia Prada. Little Book of Prada explores the evolutions and innovations of the brand, as well as a design ethos informed by an interest in minimalism and contemporary art. Images of individual garments, catwalk shots and fashion photography pay tribute to one of the world's most influential fashion houses and the woman behind it, in a perfectly designed and stylish format that makes a perfect gift for any lover of fashion.

  • Author: Graves Laia Farran Graves
  • Genre: Arts & Photography, Graphic Design

                 

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


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Fashion Design - August 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

                 

5. A Man & His Watch: Iconic Watches and Stories from the Men Who Wore Them


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

“I’ve paged through stacks of books on the history of watches. . . . But I hadn’t come across a book that actually moved me until I picked up A Man and His Watch . The volume is filled with heartfelt stories.” —T: The New York Times Style Magazine "There are a bunch of beautifully illustrated watch books out there, but  A Man & His Watch  by Matt Hranek is more than that. It speaks to the nature of watches as deeply personal items." — Gear Patrol , Coffee Table Books Our Staff Can’t Live Without Paul Newman wore his Rolex Daytona every single day for 35 years until his death in 2008. The iconic timepiece, probably the single most sought-after watch in the world, is now in the possession of his daughter Clea, who wears it every day in his memory. Franklin Roosevelt wore an elegant gold Tiffany watch, gifted to him by a friend on his birthday, to the famous Yalta Conference where he shook the hands of Joseph Stalin and Winston Churchill. JFK’s Omega worn to his presidential inauguration, Ralph Lauren’s watch purchased from Andy Warhol’s personal collection, Sir Edmund Hillary’s Rolex worn during the first-ever summit of Mt. Everest . . . these and many more compose the stories of the world’s most coveted watches captured in A Man and His Watch . Matthew Hranek, a watch collector and NYC men’s style fixture, has traveled the world conducting firsthand interviews and diving into exclusive collections to gather the never-before-told stories of 76 watches, completed with stunning original photography of every single piece. Through these intimate accounts and Hranek’s storytelling, the watches become more than just timepieces and status symbols; they represent historical moments, pioneering achievements, heirlooms, family mementos, gifts of affection, and lifelong friendships.

  • Author: Matt Hranek
  • Publisher: Artisan; Slp edition (October 31, 2017)
  • Genre: Arts & Photography, Graphic Design
  • ISBN: 978-1579657147
  • Dimensions: 11 x 7 x 1.1 inches

                 



6. Norma Kamali: I Am Invincible


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

Wit and wisdom from the innovative, influential, and empowering wellness guru and designer Norma Kamali   In her first book, fashion legend Norma Kamali offers readers a stylish, inspiring, and heartfelt handbook for gliding boldly through each of life’s decades with purpose and power. Manifesto, memoir, and essential guide, its pages are informed by 50 years of Kamali’s twists, turns, triumphs, and failures experienced while finding the courage and conviction to race after her dreams and never look back.   At 75, Kamali looks—and acts—nearly half her age. The secret, she writes, is learning to age with power : Embracing a healthy lifestyle and looking forward to every milestone and the changes they bring, with the realization that reaching one’s potential has no date. With wisdom and wit, Kamali imparts her lessons on authentic beauty, timeless style, career-building, fitness, and health through personal stories, worldly insight, and actionable advice designed to help women of every age create their happiest, healthiest, most successful and fulfilling lives.

  • Author: Norma Kamali
  • Publisher: Abrams (February 2, 2021)
  • Genre: Arts & Photography, Graphic Design
  • ISBN: 978-1419747403
  • Dimensions: 7 x 1.13 x 9 inches

                 

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


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Fashion Design - August 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

                 

8. Lessons from Madame Chic: 20 Stylish Secrets I Learned While Living in Paris


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

Inspired by Paris, this lighthearted and deceptively wise contemporary memoir serves as a guidebook for women on the path to adulthood, sophistication, and style, perfect for any woman looking to lead a more fulfilling, passionate, and artful life. Paris may be the City of Light, but for many it is also the City of Transformation. When Jennifer Scott arrived in Paris as an exchange student from California, she had little idea she would become an avid fan of French fashion, lifestyle, and sophistication. Used to a casual life back home, in Paris she was hosted by a woman she calls “Madame Chic,” mistress of a grand apartment in the Sixteenth Arrondissement. Madame Chic mentors Jennifer in the art of living, with elegance and an impeccably French less-is-more philosophy. Three-course meals prepared by the well-dressed Madame Chic (her neat clothes covered by an apron, of course) lure Jennifer from her usual habit of frequent snacks, junk food, sweatpants, and TV. Additional time spent with “Madame Bohemienne,” a charming single mother who passionately embraces Parisian joie de vivre , introduces readers to another facet of behind-closed-doors Parisian life. While Francophiles will appreciate this memoir of a young woman’s adventure abroad, others who may not know much about France will thrill to the surprisingly do-able (yet chic!) hair and makeup lessons, plus tips on how to create a capsule wardrobe with just ten useful core pieces. Each chapter of Lessons from Madame Chic reveals the valuable secrets Jennifer learned while under Madame Chic’s tutelage—tips you can master no matter where you live or the size of your budget. Embracing the classically French aesthetic of quality over quantity, aspiring Parisiennes will learn the art of eating (deprive yourself not; snacking is not chic), fashion (buy the best you can afford), grooming ( le no-makeup look ), among other tips. From entertaining to decor, you will gain insights on how to cultivate old-fashioned sophistication while living an active, modern life. Lessons from Madame Chic is the essential handbook for a woman that wants to look good, live well, and enjoy that Parisian je ne sais quoi in her own arrondissement.

  • Author: Jennifer L. Scott
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster; 39775th edition (November 6, 2012)
  • Genre: Arts & Photography, Graphic Design
  • ISBN: 978-1451699371
  • Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 7 inches

                 

9. Fashion, New Edition: The Definitive Visual Guide (Smithsonian)


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

Is fashion your passion? Unlock the language of clothes with this ultimate fashion show that traces people's dress over the past 3000 years. Fashion is a visual feast, packed with stunning illustrations of 1,500 costumes from around the globe. It celebrates famous trendsetters, designers, and fashion icons from Queen Henrietta Maria to Jackie Onassis and Jean Paul Gautier. Fashion endlessly reinvents itself, reflecting society's trends and innovations. Discover why different looks caught on, from the elaborate ruffs, wigs, and farthingales of the 17th century, to Dior's "new look" in 1947 and shoulder pads in the 1980s. Find out why for centuries people's dress was regulated by governments' "sumptuary rules" and how the invention of new textiles from velvet to lycra influenced clothing design. Whether you're part of the fashion industry, a student, or you just love clothes, Fashion is both a glorious visual treat and a treasured history.

  • Author: DK
  • Publisher: DK; Illustrated edition (September 3, 2019)
  • Genre: Arts & Photography, Graphic Design
  • ISBN: 978-1465486400
  • Dimensions: 10.31 x 1.37 x 12.19 inches

                 

10. Louis Vuitton: The Complete Fashion Collections (Catwalk)


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

Two decades of fashion history in the making at Louis Vuitton, told through a sumptuous array of images straight from the catwalk "A stylish coffee table book... to liven up your living space."—Lauren Eggertsen, Who What Wear Founded as a luxury leather goods house in 1854, Louis Vuitton was for many decades one of the world’s leading trunk and accessories makers. It was through the launch of its first fashion collections, however, that the house reached unprecedented fame, becoming one of the most influential and valuable luxury brands in the world. This definitive publication is the first to provide an overview of Louis Vuitton’s influential designs.   It opens with a concise history of the house, followed by brief profiles of designers Marc Jacobs and Nicolas Ghesquière, before exploring the collections themselves.  Organized chronologically, each collection is introduced by a short text unveiling its influences and highlights, and illustrated with carefully curated catwalk images. The volume showcases hundreds of spectacular clothes, details, accessories, beauty looks, and set designs—and, of course, the top fashion models who wore them on the runway. An essential book for anyone interested in fashion, Louis Vuitton offers a complete and unrivaled picture of the collections of the world’s top fashion house through original catwalk photography.

  • Author: Jo Ellison
  • Publisher: Yale University Press; Illustrated edition (August 21, 2018)
  • Genre: Arts & Photography, Graphic Design
  • ISBN: 978-0300233360
  • Dimensions: 11.2 x 8 x 2 inches