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The Best Fashion Books Of All-Time

February 13, 2017
The Best Fashion Books of All Time

What are the best books about fashion and style?” We looked at 278 of the top fashion books, aggregating and ranking them so we could answer that very question!

We looked at 22 different ‘Best Fashion’ book lists and came away with 278 unique titles. The top 27, all appearing on 3 or more lists, are ranked below with images, links, and summaries. The books range in subject with biographies of style icons of the past, history of style, modern fashion, and more. Whether you are new to fashion or a seasoned expert, there is bound to be something of interest below.

The remaining 251 books, all appearing on 2 or less lists, along with the sources we used, can be found in alphabetical order at the bottom of the page.
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Top 27 Fashion Books



27 .) #Girlboss by Sophia Amoruso

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Lists It Appears On:

  • Ivania
  • Ranker
  • Style Caster

“Sophia Amoruso spent her teens hitchhiking, committing petty theft, and scrounging in dumpsters for leftover bagels. By age twenty-two she had dropped out of school, and was broke, directionless, and checking IDs in the lobby of an art school–a job she’d taken for the health insurance. It was in that lobby that Sophia decided to start selling vintage clothes on eBay.

Flash forward ten years to today, and she’s the founder and executive chairman of Nasty Gal, a $100-million-plus fashion retailer. Sophia was never a typical CEO, or a typical anything, and she’s written #GIRLBOSS for other girls like her: outsiders (and insiders) seeking a unique path to success, even when that path is windy as all hell and lined with naysayers. “

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26 .) Becoming by Cindy Crawford

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Lists It Appears On:

  • Vogue
  • InStyle
  • My Domaine

“International supermodel Cindy Crawford chronicles her life and career, sharing stories and lessons learned, and featuring her most memorable images in this New York Times bestseller. Cindy Crawford was the cornerstone of the golden age of the supermodel in the 1990s. She blazed a trail during that decade, seamlessly moving between the runway to unconventional outlets, such as cutting-edge MTV, Super Bowl commercials, and even Playboy magazine.
On the eve of her fiftieth birthday, Crawford looks back, photo shoot by photo shoot, on a remarkable career and various life lessons she absorbed. She discusses her earliest modeling years and learning how to become less self-conscious in front of a camera; trusting her own instincts about creating positive messages about a healthy and strong body image that she knew would reach women of all ages; her feelings about becoming a wife and a mother; and her thoughts about turning fifty and what she would tell her younger self if she had the chance. The photographs span her entire career, beginning from the mid 1980s, and feature unpublished images from Crawford’s personal archive in addition to images by every top name in fashion photography, including Annie Leibovitz, Arthur Elgort, Helmut Newton, Herb Ritts, Irving Penn, Patrick Demarchelier, and Richard Avedon, among others. “

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25 .) Culture to Catwalk: How World Cultures Influence Fashion by Kristin Knox

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Lists It Appears On:

  • Stylist
  • Ranker
  • Harpers Bazaar

A contemporary look at both traditional clothing and street styles from 38 countries around the world and the influence these two very different kinds of dress are having on fashion and designers today. Traditional dress from around the globe inspired the early designs of people like Coco Chanel and Christian Dior. Culture to Catwalk looks back at the roots of the industry, the backlash against brash consumerism, globalisation and ‘fast-fashion’ and that what people are wearing locally on the streets is once again influencing what stalks the catwalk (just as at the turn of the century). It features interviews and quotes from designers and brands including Hussein Chalayan, Rei Kawakubo, Sophia Kokosalaki and many more.

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24 .) I’ll Drink to That by Betty Halbreich, Rebecca Paley

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Lists It Appears On:

  • Ranker
  • Harpers Bazaar
  • Best Products

Eighty-six-year-old Betty Halbreich is a true original who could have stepped straight out of Stephen Sondheim’s repertoire. She has spent nearly forty years as the legendary personal shopper at Bergdorf Goodman, where she works with socialites, stars, and ordinary women off the street. She has helped many find their true selves through fashion, frank advice, and her own brand of wisdom. She is trusted by the most discriminating persons—including Hollywood’s top stylists—to tell them what looks best. But Halbreich’s personal transformation from cosseted young girl to fearless truth teller is the greatest makeover of her career.

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23 .) In Vogue: The Illustrated History of the World’s Most Famous Fashion Magazine by Alberto Olivia and Norberto Angeletti

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Lists It Appears On:

  • Ivania
  • Stylist
  • Alexis

In Vogue traces the history, development and influence of this media colossus—from its beginning as a social gazette in the late nineteenth century, to the exploration of modern fashion photography and new visuals in the mid-twentieth century, to its status as the top style magazine today. The book explains the makings of the magazine—from runways, to editorial meetings, to the pages of Vogue.The thoroughly researched story incorporates first-person accounts, interviews with editors and photographers, and excerpts from stories written in the magazine by many world-renowned writers, including Truman Capote, Aldous Huxley, Richard Burton, Federico Fellini, and Marcello Mastroianni. Unparalleled in its scope and exceptionally illustrated, In Vogue is sure to be among the most important publications on the subjects of culture, art, fashion, photography, and media.

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22 .) The Fashion Book by Phaidon

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Lists It Appears On:

  • Vogue
  • All Womens Talk
  • Ranker

“Spanning almost 200 years, the entire industry is represented; from clothing and footwear designers, to photographers, stylists, icons and retailers, including the new category of educational institutions that have been fundamental in the careers of many of the creative individuals.

Marking the significant changes on the fashion landscape since the first edition, this revision includes updates on existing entries as well as important new names who have fundamentally shaped the way we see fashion, from designers such as Nicholas Ghesquière, Gareth Pugh and Phoebe Philo, influential image makers Mert and Marcus and Mario Sorrenti, and contemporary icons Lady Gaga and Tilda Swinton, representing just a few of the many exciting new figures. New faces rub shoulders with the fashion pioneers of the original edition; such as Coco Chanel, Issey Miyake, Yves Saint Laurent, Kate Moss and Helmut Newton. In keeping in the reference style of the first edition, this new edition reflects a comprehensive view of the fashion industry today.”

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21 .) The Fashion Designer Survival Guide by Mary Gehlhar

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Lists It Appears On:

  • Fashionista
  • Style Caster
  • Ranker

“Mary Gehlhar, author, industry authority, and consultant to hundreds of designers, including Zac Posen, Twinkle by Wenlan, Rebecca Taylor, and Cloak, gives readers behind-the-scenes insights and essential business information on creating and sustaining a successful career as an independent designer.

With advice from fashion luminaries including Donna Karan, Tommy Hilfiger, Cynthia Rowley, Diane von Furstenberg, Richard Tyler, and top executives from Saks Fifth Avenue and Barneys New York, this fully updated and revised edition of The Fashion Designer Survival Guide addresses the latest trends in apparel and accessories, the newest designers, an updated introduction, and a new foreword by Diane von Furstenberg, Designer and President of the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA).”

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20 .) The Glitter Plan by Pamela Skaist-Levy, Gela Nash-Taylor, and Booth Moore

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Lists It Appears On:

  • Style Caster
  • Marie Claire
  • Ivania

“While working together at a Los Angeles boutique, Pamela Skaist-Levy and Gela Nash-Taylor became fast and furious friends over the impossibility of finding the perfect T-shirt. Following their vision of comfortable, fitted T-shirts, they set up shop in Gela’s one-bedroom Hollywood apartment with $200 and one rule: Whatever they did, they both had to be obsessed by it. The best friends’ project became Juicy Couture. Pam and Gela eventually sold their company to Liz Claiborne for $50 million, but not before they created a whole new genre of casual clothing that came to define California cool.

Pamela and Gela built an empire from the ground up, using themselves as models to build their patterns and placing their merchandise by storming into stores and handing out samples. They balanced careful growth with innovative tactics—sending Madonna a tracksuit with her nickname, Madge, embroidered on it—and created a unique, bold, and unconventional business plan that was all their own: the Glitter Plan.”

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19 .) Valentino – A Grand Italian Epic by Suzy Menkes, Matt Tyrnauer and Armando Chitolina

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Lists It Appears On:

  • My Domaine
  • Stylist
  • Alexis

Think Valentino: think luxury. Think elegance. Think red carpet. Fashion s most beloved upholder of refined decadence and the most exciting couturier in business is known around the globe simply by his first name. Only a few years after opening his fashion house in Rome in 1959, Valentino was already at the height of success, counting Elizabeth Taylor, Jackie Kennedy, and Audrey Hepburn among his devotees. Over forty years later, not much has changed he s still dressing the top celebrities, from Gwyneth Paltrow to J.Lo, though now his business is a major economic force in Italy and his fashion house is among the most famous in the world. Valentino has always designed clothes for glamorous and sophisticated women, never wavering from his signature style even when grunge, deconstruction, and other passing fads were all the rage. Though his couture division almost never makes a profit (his ready-to-wear lines are what fuel the business), his heart is most solidly devoted to the magnificent haute couture gowns that earned him his reputation as fashion s most talented dressmaker.

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18 .) Where’s Karl? by Stacey Caldwell

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Lists It Appears On:

  • InStyle
  • Best Products
  • Vogue

Always on the go, Karl Lagerfeld is everywhere and nowhere all at once. Now you can roll up your Alexander McQueen skull sleeves and bust out your vintage Chanel monocle as you travel around the world’s hottest fashion scenes searching for Karl. Is he at The Met Gala in New York City? Strolling Coqui Coqui Beach in Tulum? On the slopes in St. Moritz? Directing a photo shoot in Dubai? In these stunning, full-color illustrations, you’ll spot all of the industry’s finest glitterati along the way, turning this book into a full-on game of who’s who from Anna Wintour to Beyonce to Woody Allen to Kim Kardashian to Suri Cruise to Prince William, and many, many more.

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17 .) Champagne Supernovas by Maureen Callahan

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Lists It Appears On:

  • Ivania
  • Ranker
  • Harpers Bazaar
  • Who What Wear

“A glittering history of fashion in the 1990s, told through the lives of Kate Moss, Marc Jacobs, and Alexander McQueen—the three iconic personalities who defined the time.

The 1950s had rock ‘n’ roll and the 60s had the Beats. In the 70s and 80s, it was punk rock and modern art. But for the 1990s, it was all about the fashion—and Kate Moss, Marc Jacobs, and Alexander McQueen were the trio of rebel geniuses who made it great.

Veteran style and pop culture journalist Maureen Callahan takes you back to the 90s, to the moment when supermodel glamazons gave way to heroin chic, the alternative became the mainstream, and fashion became the cradle for the most exciting artistic and cultural innovations of the age. Packed with dishy stories of some of the most celebrated personalities of the day, Champagne Supernovas gives you the inside scoop from designers like Anna Sui and Isaac Mizrahi; scenesters like Kim Gordon of Sonic Youth and Sassy magazine’s Jane Pratt; plus a bevy of supermodels, stylists, editors, photographers, confidantes, club kids, and scenesters. They’ll discuss why Kate Moss and Johnny Depp broke up, how Marc Jacobs came through the crucible of the AIDS crisis, and what really drove Alexander McQueen to suicide.”

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16 .) Dior by Dior: The Autobiography of Christian Dior by Christian Dior

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Lists It Appears On:

  • Ivania
  • Le Souk
  • Vogue
  • Fashionista

Christian Dior (1905–1957) rocketed to fame with his first collection in 1947 when the “New Look” took the world by storm. This charming autobiography gives fascinating and detailed insight into the workings of a great fashion house, while revealing the private man behind the high-profile establishment. It is also a unique portrait of classic Paris haute couture of the 1950s. Dior details his childhood in Granville, the family and friends closest to him, and his most difficult years and sudden success, as well as his sources of inspiration and creative processes.

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15 .) Gods and Kings: The Rise and Fall of Alexander McQueen and John Galliano by Dana Thomas

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Lists It Appears On:

  • Fashionista
  • Ivania
  • Who What Wear
  • Marie Claire

“In the mid-1990s, John Galliano and Alexander McQueen exploded onto a fashion scene that was in an artistic and economic rut. Their daring visions shook the establishment out of its bourgeois, minimalist stupor with vibrant, sexy designs and theatrical runway shows. By the end of the decade, each had been hired to run one of couture’s most storied houses, Galliano at Dior and McQueen at Givenchy. They were icons of a new generation of rock-star designers who headlined the transformation of luxury fashion from a small clutch of family-owned businesses into a global, multibillion-dollar corporate industry. But the pace was unsustainable. In 2010, McQueen took his own life. A year later, Galliano was fired in the wake of an alcohol-fueled, anti-Semitic diatribe.

In her groundbreaking work Gods and Kings, acclaimed fashion journalist Dana Thomas tells the true story of two unforgettable artists. In so doing, she pulls back the curtain on the revolution that has remade high fashion over the last two decades—and the price it demanded from the very ones who saved it.”

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14 .) Influence by Ashley Olsen, Mary-Kate Olsen

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Lists It Appears On:

  • Ranker
  • Stylist
  • All Womens Talk
  • My Domaine

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13 .) Love Style Life by Garance Doré

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Lists It Appears On:

  • Vogue
  • Best Products
  • My Domaine
  • Lifestyle

Garance Doré, the voice and vision behind her eponymous blog, has captivated millions of readers worldwide with her fresh and appealing approach to style through storytelling. This gorgeously illustrated book takes readers on a unique narrative journey that blends Garance’s inimitable photography and illustrations with the candid, hard-won wisdom drawn from her life and her travels. Infused with her Left Bank sensibility, the eclecticism of her adopted city of New York, and the wild, passionate spirit of her native Corsica, Love Style Life is a backstage pass behind fashion’s frontlines, peppered with French-girl-next-door wit and advice on everything from mixing J.Crew with Chanel, to falling in love, to pursuing a life and career that is the perfect reflection of you.

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12 .) The End of Fashion: How Marketing Changed the Clothing Business Forever by Teri Agins

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Lists It Appears On:

  • Style Caster
  • Forbes
  • Fashionista
  • Who What Wear

The time when “fashion” was defined by French designers whose clothes could be afforded only by elite has ended. Now designers take their cues from mainstream consumers and creativity is channeled more into mass-marketing clothes than into designing them. Indeed, one need look no further than the Gap to see proof of this. In The End of Fashion, Wall Street Journal, reporter Teri Agins astutely explores this seminal change, laying bare all aspects of the fashion industry from manufacturing, retailing, anmd licensing to image making and financing. Here as well are fascinating insider vignettes that show Donna Karan fighting with financiers,the rivalry between Ralph Lauren and Tommy Hilfiger, and the commitment to haute conture that sent Isaac Mizrahi’s business spiraling.

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11 .) The Little Black Book of Style by Nina Garcia

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Lists It Appears On:

  • Ranker
  • Stylist
  • All Womens Talk
  • Alexis

From Nina Garcia—fashion judge on Bravo’s hit Project Runway and author of Style Strategy and The One Hundred—comes her wildly popular New York Times bestseller The Little Black Book of Style. Here, in one indispensible volume, are Nina’s ultimate rules of style to help you uncover your own signature look.

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10 .) The Sartorialist by Scott Schuman

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Lists It Appears On:

  • Stylist
  • Chapters
  • Lifestyle
  • Best Products

His much-loved blog, thesartorialist.com, remains one of the most-read in the fashion world and continues to grow in popularity as Scott travels further and more widely. This book emcompasses the diverse style and visual attitude of people as far afield as Japan, Korea, London, Milan, New York, Paris, and beyond.

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9 .) The Woman I Wanted to Be by Diane Von Furstenberg

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Lists It Appears On:

  • Ivania
  • Harpers Bazaar
  • Who What Wear
  • Marie Claire

“One of the most influential, admired, and innovative women of our time: fashion designer, philanthropist, wife, mother, and grandmother, Diane von Furstenberg offers a book about becoming the woman she wanted to be.

Diane von Furstenberg started out with a suitcase full of jersey dresses and an idea of who she wanted to be—in her words, “the kind of woman who is independent and who doesn’t rely on a man to pay her bills.” She has since become that woman, establishing herself as a global brand and a major force in the fashion industry, all the while raising a family and maintaining “my children are my greatest creation.””

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8 .) Women In Clothes: Why We Wear What We Wear by Sheila Heti, Heidi Julavits and Leanne Shapton

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Lists It Appears On:

  • Ranker
  • Harpers Bazaar
  • Marie Claire
  • Lifestyle

“Women in Clothes is a book unlike any other. It is essentially a conversation among hundreds of women of all nationalities—famous, anonymous, religious, secular, married, single, young, old—on the subject of clothing, and how the garments we put on every day define and shape our lives.

It began with a survey. The editors composed a list of more than fifty questions designed to prompt women to think more deeply about their personal style. Writers, activists, and artists including Cindy Sherman, Kim Gordon, Kalpona Akter, Sarah Nicole Prickett, Tavi Gevinson, Miranda July, Roxane Gay, Lena Dunham, and Molly Ringwald answered these questions with photographs, interviews, personal testimonies, and illustrations.”

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7 .) Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty by Andrew Bolton

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Lists It Appears On:

  • Le Souk
  • My Domaine
  • Vogue
  • Lifestyle
  • Ranker

“Arguably the most influential, imaginative, and provocative designer of his generation, Alexander McQueen both challenged and expanded fashion conventions to express ideas about race, class, sexuality, religion, and the environment.

Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty examines the full breadth of the designer’s career, from the start of his fledgling label to the triumphs of his own world-renowned London house. It features his most iconic and radical designs, revealing how McQueen adapted and combined the fundamentals of Savile Row tailoring, the specialized techniques of haute couture, and technological innovation to achieve his distinctive aesthetic. It also focuses on the highly sophisticated narrative structures underpinning his collections and extravagant runway presentations, with their echoes of avant-garde installation and performance art.”

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6 .) Kate Moss by Mario Testino

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Lists It Appears On:

  • Alexis
  • Lifestyle
  • My Domaine
  • Stylist
  • Lifestyle

“Mario Testino is recognized as the ultimate fashion photographer of his generation but his pictures of Kate Moss transcend fashion. The result of two decades of extraordinary friendship, and phenomenal glamour, this iconic collaboration is an intimate insight into the lives and minds of two of the world’s definitive style leaders.

Follow the journey of one of fashion’s most extraordinary friendships, from early days backstage at the shows to behind-the-scenes glimpses of the ground-breaking editorials they continue to produce for the world’s most respected magazines. Many photographs have been chosen from Testino’s private archive and are published here for the first time. “

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5 .) Tom Ford by Bridget Foley

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Lists It Appears On:

  • Alexis
  • Lifestyle
  • My Domaine
  • Ranker
  • Stylist

Tom Ford has become one of fashion’s great icons. In the past decade, 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.

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4 .) Grace: A Memoir by Grace Coddington

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Lists It Appears On:

  • Ivania
  • Lifestyle
  • My Domaine
  • Style Caster
  • The Huffington Post
  • Who What Wear

“Beautiful. Willful. Charming. Blunt. Grace Coddington’s extraordinary talent and fierce dedication to her work as creative director of Vogue have made her an international icon. Known through much of her career only to those behind the scenes, she might have remained fashion’s best-kept secret were it not for The September Issue, the acclaimed 2009 documentary that turned publicity-averse Grace into a sudden, reluctant celebrity. Grace’s palpable engagement with her work brought a rare insight into the passion that produces many of the magazine’s most memorable shoots.

With the witty, forthright voice that has endeared her to her colleagues and peers for more than forty years, Grace now creatively directs the reader through the storied narrative of her life so far. Evoking the time when models had to tote their own bags and props to shoots, Grace describes her early career as a model, working with such world-class photographers as David Bailey and Norman Parkinson, before she stepped behind the camera to become a fashion editor at British Vogue in the late 1960s. Here she began creating the fantasy “travelogues” that would become her trademark. In 1988 she joined American Vogue, where her breathtakingly romantic and imaginative fashion features, a sampling of which appear in this book, have become instant classics.”

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3 .) The Little Dictionary of Fashion by Christian Dior

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Lists It Appears On:

  • All Womens Talk
  • Harpers Bazaar
  • Ivania
  • Marie Claire
  • My Domaine
  • Ranker
  • Who What Wear

Christian Dior reveals the secrets of style in this charming handbook that no woman should be without. An indispensable guide that covers everything from what to wear to a wedding and how to tie a scarf to how to walk with grace, The Little Dictionary of Fashion is full of timeless tips. From afternoon frocks and accessories to traveling and tweed, Dior’s expertise ensures every girl will know the three fundamentals of fashion: simplicity, grooming, and good taste. Published for the Victoria and Albert Museum’s Golden Age of Couture exhibition celebrating the 50th anniversary of Dior’s “New Look” and illustrated with delightful photographs and drawings, this handbag-sized classic is the perfect gift for style-conscious women.

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2 .) D.V. by Diana Vreeland

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Lists It Appears On:

  • Alexis
  • Forbes
  • Harpers Bazaar
  • My Domaine
  • Ranker
  • Style Caster
  • The Huffington Post
  • Who What Wear

D.V. is the mesmerizing autobiography of one of the 20th century’s greatest fashion icons, Diana Vreeland, the one-time fashion editor of Harper’s Bazaar and editor-in-chief of Vogue, whose incomparable style-sense, genius, and flair helped define the world of haute couture for fifty years. The incomparable D.V. proves herself a brilliant raconteur as she carries the reader along on her whirlwind life—from English palaces to the nightclubs of Paris in the 1930s to the heart of New York high society, hobnobbing with everyone who was anyone, from Queen Mary to Clark Gable to Coco Chanel.

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1 .) The Beautiful Fall: Fashion, Genius, and Glorious Excess in 1970s Paris by Alicia Drake

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Lists It Appears On:

  • Alexis
  • Fashionista
  • Forbes
  • Harpers Bazaar
  • Ranker
  • Stylist
  • The Huffington Post
  • Who What Wear

In the 1970s, Paris fashion exploded like a champagne bottle left out in the sun. Amid sequins and longing, celebrities and aspirants flocked to the heart of chic, and Paris became a hothouse of revelry, intrigue, and searing ambition. At the center of it all were fashion’s most beloved luminaries – Yves Saint Laurent, the reclusive enfant terrible, and Karl Lagerfeld, the flamboyant freelancer with a talent for reinvention – and they divided Paris into two fabulous halves. Their enduring rivalry is chronicled in this dazzling exposé of an era: of social ambitions, shared obsessions, and the mesmerizing quest for beauty.

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The #28-278 Additional Best Fashion & Style Books



 

# Book Author Lists
(Books Appear On 2 Lists Each)
28 A.L.T.: A Memoir Andre Leon Talley Style Caster
Forbes
29 Advanced Style Ari Seth Cohen My Domaine
Marie Claire
30 Chanel Axel Madsen Ranker
Forbes
31 Chanel Three Book Set Francois Baudot and Francoise Aveline Stylist
My Domaine
32 Chanel: The Vocabulary of Style Jerome Gautier Ivania
Ranker
33 Charles James: Beyond Fashion Harold Koda and Jan Reeder Ivania
Ranker
34 Christian Lacroix and the Tale of Sleeping Beauty Camilla Morton Stylist
Alexis
35 Coco Chanel: The Illustrated World of a Fashion Icon MEGAN HESS Vogue
InStyle
36 Deluxe: How Luxury Lost Its Luster Dana Thomas Fashionista
Forbes
37 Dior: The New Look Revolution FLORENCE MULLER, CONTRIBUTION Vogue
InStyle
38 Elsa Schiaparelli: A Biography Meryle Secrest Ranker
Who What Wear
39 Emilio Pucci Vanessa Friedman Stylist
Chapters
40 Facehunter Yvan Rodic Stylist
Alexis
41 Fashion Christopher Breward Stylist
Fashionista
42 Fashion Designers’ Sketchbooks Hywel Davies Stylist
Alexis
43 Giorgio Armani Giorgio Armani Vogue
InStyle
44 Harper’s Bazaar Greatest Hits Glenda Bailey Stylist
Alexis
45 Hijacking the Runway: How Celebrities Are Stealing the Spotlight From Designers Teri Agins Fashionista
Ranker
46 How to Dress for Success Edith Head with Joe Hyams Ranker
Harpers Bazaar
47 HOW TO TIE A SCARF Potter Style NY Times
Chapters
48 If You Have to Cry Go Outside Kelly Cutrone Style Caster
The Huffington Post
49 Images of Women II Peter Lindbergh InStyle
My Domaine
50 In My Shoes: A Memoir Tamara Mellon Style Caster
Marie Claire
51 Kate Spade New York: All in Good Taste Kate Spade New York Best Products
Chapters
52 Man Repeller: Seeking Love, Finding Overalls Leandra Medine Lifestyle
Style Caster
53 Manolo Blahnik: Fleeting, Gestures and Obsessions InStyle
Vogue
54 Manolo’s New Shoes Manolo Blahník and Suzy Menkes Stylist
Alexis
55 Marc Jacobs (Memoirs) Bridget Foley Ranker
Harpers Bazaar
56 Mario Testino Mario Testino Alexis
Stylist
57 Mulberry: The Book Venetia Dearden Stylist
Alexis
58 My Journey Donna Karan Vogue
Best Products
59 Oscar de la Renta Style, Inspiration and Life Le Souk
Vogue
60 Pradasphere PRADA InStyle
Best Products
61 Savage Beauty Harold Koda Stylist
Alexis
62 Street Style Ted Polhemus Stylist
Stylist
63 The Battle of Versailles: The Night American Fashion Stumbled into the Spotlight and Made History Robin Givhan Marie Claire
Fashionista
64 The Glass of Fashion Cecil Beaton Ranker
Harpers Bazaar
65 The Sartorialist: Closer Scott Schuman Chapters
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66 The World According To Karl Ivania
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67 Valentino: Mirabilia Romae Vogue
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68 100 Contemporary Fashion Designers Terry Jones Stylist
69 100 Dresses Harold Koda Stylist
70 100 Years of Fashion Cally Blackman Ranker
71 100 Years of Menswear Cally Blackman Stylist
72 50 Sports Wares Mel Byars Ranker
73 9 Heads Nancy Riegelman Ranker
74 A Dash of Daring Penelope Rowlands Harpers Bazaar
75 A Dedicated Follower of Fashion Marie Claire
76 A Dictionary of Costume and Fashion Mary Brooks Picken Ranker
77 A Guide to Fashion Sewing Connie Amaden-Crawford Stylist
78 A Vintage Affair Pop Sugar
79 Always Pack a Party Dress Amanda Brooks Best Products
80 Amelia’s Compendium of Fashion Illustration: Featuring the Very Best in Ethical Fashion Design Amelia Gregory Stylist
81 AMERICAN DREAMER Tommy Hilfiger with Peter Knobler NY Times
82 American Fashion Charlie Scheips Ranker
83 American Style And Spirit The Culture Trip
84 Another Fashion Book Jefferson Hack Stylist
85 Audrey Hepburn: Portraits of an Icon Vogue
86 Avedon Fashion 1944-2000 Richard Avedon Stylist
87 Backstage Dior Roxanne Lowit Stylist
88 Be Dazzled! Norman Hartnell Sixty Years of Glamorous Fashion Stylist
89 Beauty and the Beene Laura Jacobs Ranker
90 Bergdorf Blondes Pop Sugar
91 Blogging Your Way to the Front Row Yuli Ziv Style Caster
92 Blow By Blow Detmar Blow Forbes
93 Bottega Veneta: Art of Collaboration Vogue
94 CARTIER PANTHÈRE BÉRÉNICE GEOFFROY-SCHNEITER, VIVIENNE BECKER, JOANNA HARDY, ANDRÉ LEON TALLEY InStyle
95 Cecil Beaton: The Art of the Scrapbook James Danziger Stylist
96 Celia Birtwell Celia Birtwell and Dominic Lutyens Stylist
97 Chanel Little Black Jacket Karl Lagerfeld and Carine Roitfeld Alexis
98 Chanel par Willy Rizzo Vogue
99 Chic Savages John Fairchild Forbes
100 CHLOE: ATTITUDES SARAH MOWER Ivania
101 Cleopatra’s Nose: 39 Varieties Of Desire Judith Thurman Forbes
102 Closer Scott Schuman The Huffington Post
103 Confessions of a Shopaholic Pop Sugar
104 Costume & Fashion: A Concise History James Laver Stylist
105 Couture Sewing Techniques Claire B. Shaeffer Ranker
106 Couture: the Great Designers Caroline Rennolds Milbank Ranker
107 Cowboy Kate and Other Stories Sam Haskins Stylist
108 Creative Fashion Drawing Noel Chapman; Judith Creek Ranker
109 CUPCAKES AND CASHMERE: A GUIDE FOR DEFINING YOUR… Emily Schuman Chapters
110 Design-It-Yourself Clothes: Patternmaking Simplified Cal Patch Ranker
111 Designers on Instagram: #fashion CFDA members and Steven Kolb Ranker
112 Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel Lisa I Vreeland Stylist
113 Diane von Furstenberg The Woman I Wanted to Be Le Souk
114 Different Like Coco Elizabeth Matthews Ranker
115 DOMINO the editors of domino NY Times
116 Draping for Apparel Design Helen Joseph Armstrong Ranker
117 Dressed: A Century of Hollywood Costume Design Deborah Nadoolman Landis Fashionista
118 Dressing the Man: Mastering the Art of Permanent Fashion Alan Flusser Ranker
119 Fabric Glossary Mary Humphries Ranker
120 Fabrics Ann Ladbury Ranker
121 Face Paint: The Story Of Makeup Marie Claire
122 Fashion Will Ferguson Ranker
123 Fashion Akiko Fukai Stylist
124 Fashion A to Z Alex Newman and Zakee Shariff The Huffington Post
125 Fashion Babylon Pop Sugar
126 Fashion Design Course: Principles, Practice, and Techniques: A Practical Guide for Aspiring Fashion Designers Steven Faerm Ranker
127 Fashion Designer Drawing Techniques Ranker
128 Fashion Designer’s Resource Book Samata Angel Ranker
129 Fashion for Jewels: 100 Years of Styles and Icons Carol Woolton Stylist
130 FASHION GAME BOOK: A WORLD HISTORY OF 20TH CENTURY FASHION FLORENCE MULLER All Womens Talk
131 Fashion Illustration by Fashion Designers Laird Borrelli Stylist
132 Fashion Illustration: Inspiration and Technique Anna Kiper Ranker
133 Fashion in Film The Culture Trip
134 Fashion Portfolio: Design & Presentation Anna Kiper Ranker
135 FASHION SINCE 1900 Ivania
136 Fashion Today Colin McDowell Ranker
137 Fashion Volume II Akiko Fukai Stylist
138 FASHION: A HISTORY FROM THE 18th TO THE 20th CENTURY Ivania
139 Fashion: An AnthologyMadeleine Ginsburg Cecil Beaton Ranker
140 Fashion: The Definitive History of Costume and Style DK Publishing Ranker
141 Fendi by Karl Lagerfeld Vogue
142 Flats: Technical Drawing for Fashion Basia Szkutnicka Ranker
143 Fresh Fruits Shoichi Aoki Stylist
144 Frida Kahlo Susana Martinez Vidal My Domaine
145 From the Memoirs of a Non-Enemy Combatant Pop Sugar
146 Galliano Colin McDowell Stylist
147 Gisele Vogue
148 Gloss: The Work of Chris von Wangenheim Vogue
149 Grace: Thirty Years of Fashion at Vogue Vogue
150 Gucci: The Making Of Frida Giannini Stylist
151 HARPER’S BAZAAR GREAT STYLE JENNY LEVIN All Womens Talk
152 Harper’s Bazaar Models Derek Blasberg My Domaine
153 Helmut Newton SUMO Stylist
154 High Heels: Fashion Femininity & Seduction Stylist
155 Hip Hop Raised Me The Culture Trip
156 How Patterns Work: The Fundamental Principles of Pattern Making and Sewing in Fashion Design Assembil Books Ranker
157 HOW TO BE PARISIAN WHEREVER YOU ARE Ivania
158 How to Draft Basic Patterns Lee Gross Ranker
159 How to Look Expensive: A Beauty Editor’s Secrets to Getting Gorgeous without Breaking the Bank Andrea Pomerantz Lustig Ranker
160 How to Make Sewing Patterns Donald H. McCunn Ranker
161 How to Read Fashion: A Crash Course in Styles, Designers, and Couture Fiona Ffoulkes Ranker
162 How to Set Up and Run a Fashion Label Toby Meadows Style Caster
163 How to Start a Home-based Fashion Design Business Angela Wolf Ranker
164 I Just Graduated.. Now What? Katherine Schwarzenegger Style Caster
165 Impact Patricia Mears My Domaine
166 IN FASHION ANNEMARIE IVERSON All Womens Talk
167 In Her Shoes Pop Sugar
168 In My Fashion Vogue
169 Irreverent Carine Roitfeld Stylist
170 Isabella Blow Martina Rink Stylist
171 IT Alexa Chung Chapters
172 JOHN DERIAN PICTURE BOOK John Derian NY Times
173 KATE: THE KATE MOSS BOOK Ivania
174 L’enfance de Chanel Vogue
175 Leave Your Mark Aliza Licht Best Products
176 LESSONS FROM MADAME CHIC Ivania
177 Life In Color: The Visual Therapy Guide to the Perfect Palette Marie Claire
178 Lipstick Jungle Pop Sugar
179 LOUIS VUITTON WINDOWS VANESSA FRIEDMAN InStyle
180 Make Your Own Patterns: An Easy Step-by-Step Guide to Making Over 60 Dressmaking Patterns Rene Bergh Ranker
181 Marc Jacobs Advertising 1998-2009 Juergen Teller Stylist
182 Men of Style The Culture Trip
183 Model As Muse: Embodying Fashion Harold Koda Stylist
184 MODERN CIVILITY Cynthia W. Lett NY Times
185 Ms Wiz Supermodel Terence Blacker Ranker
186 My Favourite Dress Gity Monsef Stylist
187 Naked Fashion Safia Minney Stylist
188 Nature in Design Alan Powers Ranker
189 New African Fashion Helen Jennings Stylist
190 Nice Is Just a Place in France: How to Win at Basically Everything The Betches Style Caster
191 Nick Knight Nick Knight Stylist
192 Oh So Pretty: Punk in Print 1976-80 The Culture Trip
193 Out of Fashion Carol Ann Duffy Ranker
194 Overdressed: The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion Elizabeth L. Cline Fashionista
195 PARIS STREET STYLE: A GUIDE TO EFFORTLESS CHIC Isabelle Thomas Chapters
196 Pattern Magic: Stretch Fabrics Tomoka Nakamichi Ranker
197 Pattern MakingJames Ritchie James RitchieDennic Chunman Lo Ranker
198 Patternmaking for Fashion Design Helen Joseph Armstrong Ranker
199 Peter Lindbergh, A Different Vision on Fashion Photography Vogue
200 PHARRELL: PLACES AND SPACES I’VE BEEN Pharrell Williams Chapters
201 Prada Miuccia Prada and Patrizio Bertelli Stylist
202 Pret – A – Portea The Culture Trip
203 PRIMATES OF PARK AVENUE NY Times
204 Principles of Flat Pattern Design Nora M. MacDonald Ranker
205 Professional Sewing Techniques for DesignersJ Julie Cole Ranker
206 Purple Anthology: Art Prose Fashion Music Architecture Sex Olivier Zahm and Elein Fleiss Stylist
207 Refinery29: Style Stalking Piera Gelardi and Christene Barberich Ranker
208 Robes of Splendor George Horse-Capture Ranker
209 Rock Hudson David Bret Ranker
210 Rodarte: Mondo Rodarte Catherine Opie and Alex Soth Stylist
211 Schiaparelli & Prada: Impossible Conversations Andrew Bolton Alexis
212 Scruples Pop Sugar
213 Secrets of Stylists Sasha Charnin Morrison Style Caster
214 Shocking Life Elsa Schiaparelli Harpers Bazaar
215 Shopgirl Pop Sugar
216 Slim Aarons: Women The Culture Trip
217 STONED Aja Raden NY Times
218 Style Elsa Klensch Ranker
219 STYLE BOOK: FASHIONABLE INSPIRATIONS elizabeth walker Chapters
220 Style Tribes: The Fashion of Subcultures The Culture Trip
221 Stylist: The Interpreters of Fashion Sarah Mower Stylist
222 SWANS: LEGENDS OF THE JET SOCIETY Ivania
223 TABLE MANNERS Jeremiah Tower. Illustrated NY Times
224 Tales From the Back Row Amy Odell Best Products
225 Textiles Sara J. Kadolph Ranker
226 That Extra Half An Inch Marie Claire
227 The Art of Fashion Draping Connie Amaden-Crawford Ranker
228 The Book of the Courtier Marie Claire
229 The Complete Photo Guide to Perfect Fitting Sarah Veblen Ranker
230 The Costume History Auguste Racinet Stylist
231 The Devil Wears Prada Pop Sugar
232 The Editor’s Eye Conde Nast Alexis
233 The Encyclopedia of Fashion Illustration Techniques Carol A. Nunnelly Ranker
234 The Fairchild Dictionary of Fashion Charlotte Mankey Calasibetta Stylist
235 The Fashion Design Reference & Specification Book: Everything Fashion Designers Need to Know Every Day Jay Calderin and Laura Volpintesta Ranker
236 The Fashion Designer’s Textile Directory: A Guide to Fabrics’ Properties, Characteristics, and Garment-Design Potential Gail Baugh Ranker
237 The Fashion Designer’s Directory of Shape And Style Simon Travers-Spencer and Zarida Zaman Ranker
238 The Fashion Resource Book: Resource for Design Robert Leach and Shelley Fox Ranker
239 The Fashion Sketchpad: 420 Figure Templates for Designing Looks and Building Your Portfolio Tamar Daniel Ranker
240 The Fashion System Roland Barthes Fashionista
241 THE HERMES SCARF: HISTORY & MYSTIQUE Nadine Coleno Chapters
242 The House of Viktor & Rolf Caroline Evans and Susannah Frankel Stylist
243 The House of Worth Portrait of an archive Le Souk
244 The Killer Detail: Defining Moments In Fashion Marie Claire
245 The Knockoff: A Novel Lucy Sykes Ranker
246 The Ladies’ Paradise Pop Sugar
247 The Language of Fashion Roland Barthes Stylist
248 The New Complete Guide to Sewing: Step-by-Step Techniques for Making Clothes and Home Accessories Reader’s Digest Ranker
249 THE ONE HUNDRED: A GUIDE TO PIECES EVERY STYLISH WOMAN MUST OWN NINA GARCIA All Womens Talk
250 The PANTONE Fashion Sketchpad: 420 Figure Templates and 60 PANTONE Color Palettes for Designing Looks and Building Your Portfolio Pantone LLC and Tamar Daniel Ranker
251 The Pattern Making Primer: All You Need to Know About Designing, Adapting, and Customizing Sewing Patterns Jo Barnfield Ranker
252 THE RESIDENCE Kate Andersen Brower NY Times
253 The Secret Lives of Dresses Pop Sugar
254 The Shirtmaking Workbook: Pattern, Design, and Construction Resources – More than 100 Pattern Downloads for Collars, Cuffs & Plackets David Coffin Ranker
255 The Stephen Sprouse Book Roger Padilha and Mauricio Padilha Stylist
256 THE STYLE MENTORS: WOMEN WHO DEFINE THE ART OF… Elyssa Dimant Chapters
257 The Teen Vogue Handbook Teen Vogue Style Caster
258 The Vogue Factor Kirstie Clements The Huffington Post
259 The Way We Wore: A Life In Threads Robert Elms Stylist
260 This Bearded Life The Culture Trip
261 Tim Gunn’s Fashion Bible: The Fascinating History of Everything in Your Closet Tim Gunn Ranker
262 Tim Walker: Storyteller Tim Walker Lifestyle
263 Tory Burch: In Color Tory Burch and Nandini Wolfe Ranker
264 Total Living Herbert Muschamp Ranker
265 True British: Alice Temperley Alice Temperley Stylist
266 Ugly Beauty Ruth Brandon Forbes
267 UNMENTIONABLE NY Times
268 Valentino: At The Emperor’s Table Valentino Garavani and André Leon Talley Ranker
269 VALENTINO: THEMES AND VARIATIONS Ivania
270 VANITY FAIR 100 YEARS Ivania
271 Veruschka Vera Lehndorff and David Wills Stylist
272 Vogue and The Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute: Parties, Exhibitions, People Hamish Bowles and Chloe Malle Ranker
273 Vogue Covers Vogue
274 Vogue: The Editor’s Eye Conde Nast Who What Wear
275 W: The First 40 Years Stefano Tonchi and Christopher Bagley Alexis
276 Why Fashion Matters Frances Corner Lifestyle
277 Women In This Town Giuseppe Santamaria Best Products
278 Yves Saint Laurent Alice Rawsthorn Ranker


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Alexis 20 Best Fashion Coffee Table Books
All Womens Talk 8GREAT MUST-HAVE BOOKS ON FASHION YOU OUGHT TO READ …
Best Products 11 Inspiring Fashion Books to Stock Your Shelf With
Chapters BEST BOOKS FOR FASHION LOVERS
Fashionista 12 BOOKS TO READ IF YOU WANT TO WORK IN FASHION
Forbes 10 Essential Books For The Fashion Set
Harpers Bazaar READING LIST: 13 FIRST-RATE FASHION BOOKS
InStyle The 11 Fashion Coffee Table Books That Make the BestGifts
Ivania BEST FASHION BOOKS EVERY FASHIONISTA SHOULD OWN
Le Souk Five Best Fashion Books Of All Time
Lifestyle The Very Best Fashion Books To Add To Your Reading List
Marie Claire 15 Books on Style That Will Change Your Life
My Domaine The Coffee-Table Books Every Fashion Lover Has in Her Home
NY Times Fashion, Manners and Customs
Pop Sugar The 12 Fiction Books Any True Fashion Girl Needs to Read
Ranker The Best Books About Fashion Design
Style Caster Want to Work in Fashion? 16 Books to Read Immediately
Stylist 65 fabulous fashion books
The Culture Trip The Best Fashion And Style Books To Buy This Christmas
The Huffington Post Best Fashion Books: The 7 Titles You Need To Read If You Want To Work In The Industry
Vogue The fashion books you need on your coffee table
Who What Wear 10 Books That Are Crucial to Your Fashion Education

 

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