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



The fashion photography book genre is all about displaying clothes, accessories, and trendy fashion items. Fashion photographers select exotic locations to enhance the clothing and fashion of models. Moreover, this genre exhibits styling trends in different regions of the world. Mostly, fashion magazines and advertisements need this type of photography. Modern photography shoots depict the physical quality and formal appearance of garments. These photographs help viewers to get insights into trendy fashion. So, people can select their desirable fashion outfits. Some people like to design their outfits by getting ideas from these photographs. Here are our top ten recommendations if you are looking for the best books to read in Fashion Photography.

1. Chanel: Collections and Creations


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Fashion Photography - 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 This visual journey is enhanced by previously unpublished archive photographs and original drawings by Karl Lagerfeld, as well as glorious images from some of the greatest names in fashion photography.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 Photography - 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. A Man & His Watch: Iconic Watches and Stories from the Men Who Wore Them


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Fashion Photography - 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

                 

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


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Fashion Photography - 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

                 

5. Audrey Hepburn: A Charmed Life


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Fashion Photography - 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

                 



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


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Fashion Photography - 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

                 

7. Sneaker Freaker. The Ultimate Sneaker Book


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

Back in 2002, Simon “Woody” Wood was dreaming up schemes to get free sneakers. Two weeks later, he was the proud owner of Sneaker Freaker and his life was never the same. From its early roots as a punk-style fanzine to today’s super-slick print and online operations, the fiercely independent publication has documented every collab, custom, limited edition, retro reissue, Quickstrike, Hyperstrike, and Tier Zero sneaker released over the last 15 years. Woody’s original premise that Sneaker Freaker would be “funny and serious, meaningful and pointless at the same time” has certainly been vindicated in The Ultimate Sneaker Book. With more than 650 pages jam-packed with insider knowledge and his own irreverent observations, the insane historical detail and otaku-level minutiae is beyond obsessive. Traversing 100 years of history, each chapter paints a rollicking picture of the sneaker industry’s evolution. Air Max, Air Force, Adi Dassler, Converse, Kanye, Dapper Dan, Dee Brown, Michael Jordan, and Yeezy―along with obscure treasures like Troop, Airwalk, and Vision Street Wear―are all exhaustively documented. This is a definitive source of knowledge. This is… The Ultimate Sneaker Book!

  • Author: Simon Wood
  • Publisher: TASCHEN (November 27, 2018)
  • Genre: Arts & Photography, Photography & Video
  • ISBN: 978-3836572231
  • Dimensions: 8.82 x 1.77 x 12.76 inches

                 

8. Slim Aarons: Women


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

Slim Aarons: Women explores the central subject of Slim Aarons’s career—the extraordinary women from the upper echelons of high society, the arts, fashion, and Hollywood. The book presents the women who most influenced Aarons’s life and work—and the other remarkable personalities he photographed along the way, including Audrey Hepburn, Jackie Kennedy, Diana Vreeland, and Marilyn Monroe, all featured in unforgettable photographs. The collection contains more than 200 images, the majority of which have not appeared in previous books, along with detailed captions written by one of Aarons’s closest colleagues. Showcasing beautiful women at their most glamorous in some of the most dazzling locations across the globe, Slim Aarons: Women is a fresh look at the acclaimed photographer through the muses who inspired his most incredible photographs. Also available from Slim Aarons: Poolside with Slim Aarons , Slim Aarons: Once Upon a Time , Slim Aarons: A Place in the Sun , and Slim Aarons: La Dolce Vita .

  • Author: Slim Aarons
  • Publisher: Abrams; Illustrated edition (October 4, 2016)
  • Genre: Arts & Photography, Photography & Video
  • ISBN: 978-1419722424
  • Dimensions: 10 x 1.2 x 12 inches

                 

9. Vanity Fair 100 Years: From the Jazz Age to Our Age


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

Vanity Fair 100 Years showcases a century of personality and power, art and commerce, crisis and culture―both highbrow and low. From its inception in 1913, through the Jazz Age and the Depression, to its reincarnation in the boom-boom Reagan years, to the image-saturated Information Age, Vanity Fair has presented the modern era as it has unfolded, using wit, imagination, peerless literary narrative, and bold, groundbreaking imagery from the greatest photographers, artists, and illustrators of the day. This sumptuous book takes a decade-by-decade look at the world as seen by the magazine, stopping to describe the incomparable editor Frank Crowninshield and the birth of the Jazz Age Vanity Fair , the magazine’s controversial rebirth in 1983, and the history of the glamorous Vanity Fair Oscar Party. With its exhaustive sweep, visual impact, and time-capsule format, Vanity Fair 100 Years is the book everyone will want in 2013. Praise for Vanity Fair 100 Years: “The book is a stunning artifact that begets staring, less for the words and publishing industry than as an exercise in visual storytelling reflected through the prism of society and celebrity. The best photographers, the best designers, the best illustrators all came together over Vanity Fair’s contents, and the book unfolds in page after page of stunningly rendered images, some iconic and some that never even ran.” ―New York Times Book Review

  • Author: Graydon Carter
  • Publisher: Harry N. Abrams; Illustrated edition (October 15, 2013)
  • Genre: Arts & Photography, Photography & Video
  • ISBN: 978-1419708633
  • Dimensions: 14.25 x 11 x 1.75 inches

                 

10. Dior: The Collections, 1947-2017 (Catwalk)


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

“An extraordinary collection of 1,146 images that document the house's output over the past 70 years and through seven creative directors.”— Vogue In spring 1947, Christian Dior presented the first collection of his newly founded eponymous fashion house. Soon dubbed the "New Look," it grabbed headlines all over the world and turned Dior into one of the most influential brands of all time. After the couturier's untimely death in 1957, Yves Saint Laurent took the helm of the fashion house before being succeeded by Marc Bohan, who was in turn replaced by Gianfranco Ferré in 1989. In 1996, John Galliano was appointed creative director, designing flamboyant collections for a decade, before the arrival of Raf Simon in 2012, who gave the house a newly imagined identity for the 21st century. Maria Grazia Chiuri's arrival in 2017 as the first woman designer in Dior's history also marks the seventieth anniversary of the "New Look."  For the first time, every Dior haute couture collection is gathered here in a single, lavishly illustrated volume--providing a unique opportunity to chart the development of one of the world's most famous fashion brands and to discover rarely seen collections.   Dior: The Complete Collections opens with a concise history of the house of Dior before exploring the collections themselves, which are organized chronologically. Each new "era" in Dior's history is inaugurated by a brief overview and biography of the new designer, while individual collections are introduced by a short text unveiling their influences and highlights and illustrated with carefully curated catwalk images. A rich reference section, including an extensive index, concludes this definitive publication.

  • Author: Alexander Fury
  • Publisher: Yale University Press; Illustrated edition (June 27, 2017)
  • Genre: Arts & Photography, Graphic Design
  • ISBN: 978-0300225846
  • Dimensions: 11.1 x 7.7 x 2 inches