The fashion industry has exploded in the last couple of decades. As street style has replaced haute couture, the industry is still reinventing itself, and it’s an exciting time for anyone who wants to break into the industry.
Fashion is still an incredibly competitive market and there are many fashion designers that write a book to explain his inspiration or to present new collections.
Here are the Top Fashion Designers Books.
Diane: A Signature Life – Royal turned socialite turned fashion designer turned bankrupt embarrassment turned CFDA president Diane von Furstenberg has quite a story to tell, and she’s still an inspiration for young, middle-aged and old women.
Valentino: Themes and Variations – Pamela Golbin’s book celebrates the newly retired Valentino Garavani’s legacy, showing up close photos of fabric samples and some of the most beautifully constructed clothing of all time.
Front Row: Anna Wintour – What Lies Beneath the Chic Exterior of Vogue’s Editor in Chief: Vogue EIC is said to have forbidden friends and colleagues from being sources for this biography, which reveals her upbringing in swinging 60s London and how she made it to the top of one of the most influential fashion publications in the world.
A Dash of Daring: Carmel Snow and Her Life In Fashion, Art, and Letters – Snow served as Harper’s Bazaar EIC for twenty-five years, and this account of her life proves how revolutionary she was in fashion and journalism.
The Allure of Chanel – Paul Morand’s first-person account of Coco Chanel was supposedly written partly by Coco herself and does not leave out anything regarding her scandals, affairs and business.
Yves Saint Laurent – This biography and tribute to one of the greatest designers of all time is written by Farid Chenoune and Florence Muller, and was published in accordance with a retrospective of YSL at Paris’s Petit Palais.
Alexander McQueen – Genius of a Generation: Just months after burgeoning designer Alexander McQueen took his own life, Kristin Knox’s book — with glorious accompanying photographs — evidences the young Brit’s genius in terms of artistry, construction and drama.
Christian Dior: The Biography – Marie-France Pochna’s book comes with an introduction by John Galliano, who now oversees design for Dior, and beautiful illustrations.
Isabella Blow: A Life in Fashion – This biography by Lauren Godstein Crowe examines the tumultuous, dramatic life of Isabella Blow, who took her own life just before her friend Alexander McQueen also committed suicide.
Rare Bird of Fashion: The Irreverent Iris Apfel – This is a fun book showcasing some of the eccentric fashions of Iris Apfel.
Edie: American Girl – Read the biography of the tragic but trend-setting Edie Sedgwick, written by Jean Stein and George Plimpton.