Whether it’s your dream to be on the catwalk, or you just finished binging Project Runway, here are five luxurious fashion books to celebrate Louis Vuitton’s birthday!
1) ‘Vuitton: A Biography of Louis Vuitton‘ by Fergus Mason (2015)
Louis Vuitton is one of the world’s most famous luxury brands, known for its stylish purses, luggage and accessories, which was founded in 1854 in Paris by a designer by the same name. Coming from a family of carpenters, Louis Vuitton started off with the art of box making. Eventually, he was able to open his own store, and the rest is history. This book examines the entire life story of the legendary French fashion designer himself, from his foundation and business tactics to his personal struggles.
2) ‘God and Kings: The Rise and Fall of Alexander McQueen and John Galliano‘ by
Dana Thomas (2015)
Written by a Paris-based American journalist, this book is a double biography on two iconic British fashion designers, Alexander McQueen and John Galliano. Alexander McQueen was the chief designer of Givenchy from 1996 to 2001, and later went on to start his own label, known for its sneakers and eccentric designs in high fashion, with pieces often used by artists such as Lady Gaga and Bjork. John Galliano the head designer of Givenchy and Dior, and later went on to start his own label as well, and is currently the creative director of Maison Margiela, a luxury Paris-based fashion house.
3) ‘Champagne Supernovas: Kate Moss, Marc Jacobs, Alexander McQueen, and the ’90s Renegades Who Remade Fashion’ by Maureen Callahan (2014)
Written by a New York Post staff writer and pop culture journalist, this book examines a decade that was highly influential in fashion history: The 90s. Known for its heroin chic phenomenon, alternative grunge scene, and launching the careers of many supermodels, this book also tells the story of some of the 90’s biggest personalities in fashion, supermodel Kate Moss, and designers Marc Jacobs and Alexander McQueen. It depicts the story of both their business careers and personal struggles, and how they helped to shape the industry.
4) ‘The Beautiful Fall: Fashion, Genius, and Glorious Excess in 1970s Paris’ by Alicia Drake (2006)
Set in the 1950s and 1960s Paris, this book depicts the bitter rivalry between designers Karl Lagerfeld and Yves Saint Laurent, along with the cultural scene of fashion at the time. Karl Lagerfeld was the creative director of fashion houses Chanel and Fendi, and owned his own label. Yves Saint Laurent was a designer known to be one of the most prolific voices of fashion in the 20th century, and he is best known for introducing the tuxedo for women into the mainstream. Although the two started off as friends, tension grew between the two as they started to rise in success. The Beautiful Fall tells the story of the vivid and mesmerizing world of the chaos that was the 1960s fashion world.
5) ‘Battle of Versailles: The Night American Fashion Stumbled into the Spotlight and Made History’ by Robin Givhan (2015)
Written by Pulitzer Prize winning fashion journalist, Robin Givhan, this book depicts the story of the historically significant fashion show that took place at the Palace of Versailles in 1973. It was a battle between American designers; Oscar de la Renta, Bill Blass, Anne Klein, Halston, and Stephen Burrows, and French designers; Yves Saint Laurent, Hubert de Givenchy, Pierre Cardin, Emanuel Ungaro, and Marc Bohan of Christian Dior. It was known to be a pivotal and highly influential moment in the history of American fashion, as they solidified their names into the world of design.