Top 10 Best Books to Read in Fashion - August 2021



The fashion book genre involves the latest makeup styles, shoes, hairstyles, clothing, brands, and behavior. The main objective of this genre is to acknowledge people about recent trends in fashion. In addition, the readers can find what styles and brands are more famous in the market. The fashion book genre is not limited to clothing. It might include various purses, goggles, nail art, and the latest fashion trends in talking and walking styles. This genre covers both recent and past fashion trends. It is closely related to the style genre that covers lifestyle, personal preferences for what and how to wear. Here are our top ten recommendations if you are looking for the best books to read in Fashion.

1. Chanel: Collections and Creations


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Fashion - 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 This visual journey is enhanced by previously unpublished archive photographs and original drawings by Karl Lagerfeld, as well as glorious images from some of the greatest names in fashion photography.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 - 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. Own It: The Secret to Life


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Fashion - August 2021

“ Own It  is a must-have survival guide that you can come back to time and again for immediate inspiration from the heart and soul of the trailblazing business leader and creative genius that is DVF!” —Whitney Wolfe Herd, CEO and Founder of Bumble "Many books describe paths to success, but only Own It helps us to find our own. My friend Diane von Furstenberg gives us the biggest gift: faith in our uniqueness." —Gloria Steinem, writer, activist and feminist organizer​ Diane von Furstenberg, entrepreneur and philanthropist, presents her words to live by. In an easy-to-navigate A - Z dictionary format, designed to be browsed or as read a whole,  Own It  offers readers Diane’s well-earned wisdom for enjoying both personal and professional growth at any age. The words included in this book are ones that have been key to DVF attaining self-awareness and realization, the fuel for all her accomplishments personally and professionally.  Own It  is an A - Z dictionary of life-enhancing vocabulary that is the basis of her accessible and empowering philosophy. It is a true manifesto, a compilation of words that together will empower you to attain the satisfaction and serenity you have always wanted. "The secret of life,” DVF says, is to “Own our imperfections. Own our vulnerability; it becomes our strength. Whatever the challenge is, own it. Owning it is the first step to everything.”

  • Author: Diane von Furstenberg
  • Publisher: Phaidon Press (March 8, 2021)
  • Genre: Self-Help, Self-Esteem
  • ISBN: 978-1838662226
  • Dimensions: 4.88 x 0.63 x 7 inches

                 

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


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Fashion - 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

                 

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


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Fashion - 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

                 



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


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Fashion - 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

                 

7. Bill Cunningham: On the Street: Five Decades of Iconic Photography


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Fashion - August 2021

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • The first published collection of photographs by the icon of street style, bringing together favorites published in  The New York Times  alongside never-before-seen work across five decades.   “A dazzling kaleidoscope from the gaze of an artist who saw beauty at every turn.”—André Leon Talley   Bill Cunningham’s photography captured the evolution of style, of trends, and of the everyday, both in New York City and in Paris. But his work also shows that street style is not only about fashion; it’s about the people and the changing culture.    These photographs—many never before seen, others having originally appeared in  The New York Times  and elsewhere—move from decade to decade, beginning in the 1970s and continuing until Cunningham’s death in 2016. Here you’ll find Cunningham’s distinctive chronicling of the 1980s transit strike, the rise of 1990s casual Fridays, the sadness that fell over the city following 9/11, Inauguration Day 2009, the onset of selfies, and many other significant moments.   This enduring portfolio is enriched by essays that provide a revealing portrait of Cunningham and a few of his many fascinations and influences, contributed by Cathy Horyn, Tiina Loite, Vanessa Friedman, Ruth La Ferla, Guy Trebay, Penelope Green, Jacob Bernstein, and a much favored subject, Anna Wintour. More than anything,  On the Street  is a timeless representation of Cunningham’s commitment to capturing the here and now. “An absolute delight.”— People

  • Author: New York Times
  • Publisher: Clarkson Potter; Illustrated edition (September 3, 2019)
  • Genre: Arts & Photography, Photography & Video
  • ISBN: 978-1524763503
  • Dimensions: 10.05 x 1.26 x 11.51 inches

                 

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


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Fashion - 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

                 

9. Audrey Hepburn: A Charmed Life


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Fashion - August 2021

“A sumptuous book which will delight idolaters of high fashion and movie stardom.” — Times Literary Supplement Audrey Hepburn is a sumptuous celebration of Hepburn as a beloved fashion icon and actress. Karney tells the story of Hepburn’s life, from her childhood in Nazi-occupied Holland, through her early aspirations to become a ballet dancer, the instant and universal acclaim of her onscreen debut and her years as one of Hollywood’s most sought-after stars, to her later life working among the poorest children of the Third World. Karney’s book gives fans a rare view into the life of a beloved star. Hepburn’s acting career began after a series of minor revue and film roles in London. Hepburn was spotted by the writer Colette, who immediately cast her in the central role of a Broadway adaptation of her story, Gigi . Soon afterwards, Hepburn was offered a role alongside Gregory Peck in Roman Holiday , for which she collected an Oscar for Best Actress. The book highlights all her success that followed: she won the Tony Award for Best Actress for Ondine , captivated audiences as Natasha in War and Peace , and was highly praised for her brilliance in a serious role in The Nun’s Story . Hepburn’s style was perfection, and her clothes—many of them designed by Givenchy, who dressed her for Funny Face in 1957—placed her on the world’s Best-Dressed Women list for several consecutive years. Her personality and sensuous yet untouchable beauty made her irresistible to the public. On Hepburn’s death, Liz Taylor said, “God has a most beautiful new angel now that will know just what to do in heaven.” Skyhorse Publishing, along with our Arcade, Good Books, Sports Publishing, and Yucca imprints, is proud to publish a broad range of biographies, autobiographies, and memoirs. Our list includes biographies on well-known historical figures like Benjamin Franklin, Nelson Mandela, and Alexander Graham Bell, as well as villains from history, such as Heinrich Himmler, John Wayne Gacy, and O. J. Simpson. We have also published survivor stories of World War II, memoirs about overcoming adversity, first-hand tales of adventure, and much more. While not every title we publish becomes a New York Times bestseller or a national bestseller, we are committed to books on subjects that are sometimes overlooked and to authors whose work might not otherwise find a home.

  • Author: Robyn Karney
  • Publisher: Arcade; Reprint edition (January 3, 2017)
  • Genre: Kindle Store, Kindle eBooks, Biographies & Memoirs

                 

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


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Fashion - 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