Alexander McQueen: The Life And The Legacy by Judith Watt
Celebrating the work and vision of iconic designer, Alexander McQueen, this novel traces the designer’s ascent from student to graduate and how he became of one the world’s greatest couturiers. The novel is dedicated to his work and talent, and exhibits not simply visually electrifying fashion images, but also reveals the deep reservoir of the designer's imagination.
The Chiffon Trenches, A Memoir by André Leon Talley
Written by style icon and former editor, André Leon Talley, his recent memoir The Chiffon Trenches dives into what truly happens behind the scenes in the world of high fashion. In this storied memoir provides a summary of his decades-long career, and provides pointed commentary on how white privilege continues to wreak havoc in the industry.
The World Of Anna Sui by Tim Blanks
The iconic New York-based designer, Anna Sui, has had the decades most prolific supermodels walk her runways for years. From Naomi Campbell to Gigi Hadid, many models have been intent on strutting the catwalk in one of her creations. Aside from the extravagant cover, this book illustrates the designer’s creative process with unseen photos of moodboards, sketches and garments contrasted by shots from her fashion shows.
The Little Dictionary of Fashion: A Guide to Dress Sense for Every Woman by Christian Dior
Written over 50 years ago, some of the lessons that iconic designer, Christian Dior, teaches in this novel continue to be relevant today. The coffee table book takes its readers back to the past, and educated them on all types of etiquette, from what to wear to a wedding, to how to walk gracefully. All in all, this book shows us what it means to live life like Dior, himself.
Fashion Climbing: A New York Life by Bill Cunningham
Published after his death, Bill Cunningham’s memoir follows the life of the beloved street style photographer and tells the story of a “young man striving to be the person he was born to be: a true original”. Photographer for The New York Times for nearly 40 years, Cunningham notoriously kept to himself, yet the manuscript for this autobiography was discovered by his family after he passed.
Love x Style x Life by Garance Doré
Love x Style x Life is a beautifully in-depth read that takes its audience on a journey through French icon, Garance Doré’s life, travels and her personal style. An ambassador of French taste and fashion, Doré’s knack for making fashion accessible and fun has made her a style icon in her own right.
The Little Book Of Chanel by Emma Baxter-Wright
The Little Book Of Chanel chronicles the life and legacy of designer, Coco Chanel, one of the industry’s more influential courtiers. The book offers a fascinating look into Chanel’s evolution and innovation, from her early days of millinery through to the classics that made her name. The book includes detailed photographs and sketches of Chanel's designs, along with fashion photography and catwalk shots, paying tribute to one of the world's most highly regarded fashion houses.
Accidental Icon, Musings Of A Geriatric Starlet by Iris Apfel
While her sudden fashion fame may not have been intentional, her self-titled book clarifies how the 98 year-old was born to be a fashion icon. The book steers clear from traditional structures of memoirs, and instead brings together observations and stories of Apfel’s life and style.
The New Black Vanguard by Antwaun Sargent
Published in 2019, by critic and curator Antwaun Sargent, this book of black art shines a spotlight on how the global community of black photographers has brought in a new wave of inclusivity to the fashion, art and media industries. Using essays and gorgeous images, the book addresses the role that black bodies play in global culture through history up until today.
Published by Taschen, this elegant book is the perfect coffee table book. The hardcover tells the story of fashion photographer Peter Lindbergh through countless pages of his most revered black-and-white photography. Including commentary from his frequent collaborators, Jean Paul Gaultier and Cindy Crawford to name a few, their words five Lindbergh’s thought-provoking work a much deeper meaning.
Tales From The Back Row by Amy Odell
This controversial read promises to reveal “what it’s really like to work in the fashion industry”. Written by Amy Odell, a former magazine editor who now works for New York magazine’s The Cut, the book charts her rise through the ranks of the fashion industry, including a behind-the-scenes look and the eccentric characters that she met on her way.