Our selection of the 10 must-read books about fashion. Share your favorites in the comments below!
A Fashion Director at “Elle” magazine, Nina Garcia knows trends and that balancing the classics with the trends is what style is all about. The Little Black Book of Style provides the essential rules for fashion that every woman should know.
When Andrea first sets foot in the plush Manhattan offices of Runway, she knows nothing. She’s never heard of the world’s most fashionable magazine or its feared and fawned-over editor, Miranda Priestly, but she’s going to be Miranda’s assistant, a job millions of girls would die for. A year later, she knows altogether too much.
In 1950s Paris, Yves Saint Laurent and Karl Lagerfeld were friends, the rising stars of the fashion world. But by the late ’60s, the city was invaded by a new mood of liberation and hedonism and dominated by intrigue, infidelities, addiction, and parties. Each designer created his own mesmerizing world so vivid and seductive that people were drawn to the power, charisma and fame. It was to make them bitter rivals.
Mrs. Harris is a salt-of-the-earth London charlady who cheerfully cleans the houses of the rich. One day, when tidying Lady Dant’s wardrobe, she comes across the most beautiful thing she has ever seen in her life: a Dior dress. In all the years of her drab and humble existence, she’s never seen anything as magical as the dress before her, and she’s never wanted anything as much before. Determined to make her dream come true, Mrs. Harris scrimps, saves and slaves away until one day, after three long, uncomplaining years, she finally has enough money to go to Paris.
Edith Wharton and Henry James wrote about the American girl abroad, but it was Elaine Dundy’s Sally Jay Gorce who told us what she was really thinking. Charming, sexy, and hilarious, The Dud Avocado gained instant cult status when it was first published, and it remains a timeless portrait of a woman hell-bent on living.
As fashion editor of Harper’s Bazaar and editor-in-chief of Vogue, Diana Vreeland and her passion, charm, insouciance, and genius for style energized and inspired the fashion world for 50 years. In this glittering autobiography, she takes us around the world with her, revealing her obsession with fashion high and low — pink plastic poodles, for example — and dropping timeless sayings like, “As you know, the French like the French very much.”
A no-holds-barred, delightfully vicious and always hilarious look at the everyday life of the ultimate diva. Follow Joan on a family vacation in Mexico and on trips between New York and Los Angeles where she mingles with the stars, never missing a beat as she delivers blistering critiques on current events and excoriating insights about life, pop culture, and celebrities (from the A to the D list), all in her relentlessly funny signature style.
She was America’s sweetheart, the embodiment of grace, elegance, style, charm, and-as the world discovered in late 1963, bravery. Though much has been written about the most famous woman of the 20th century, no biography has revealed the true Jackie. None has successfully separated the truth from the lies or portrayed the Queen of Camelot in all her complexity, until now.
Coco Chanel was an extraordinary inventor, conjuring up the little black dress, bobbed hair, trousers for women, contemporary chic, bestselling perfumes, and the most successful fashion brand of all time. But she also invented herself, fashioning the myth of her own life with the same dexterity as her couture.