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Fashion is a form of the art itself: How do you define style? And once you’ve thought about it, how do you make it?  You likely won’t find the answer without testing out a pair of adventurous pumps or a set of chic loungewear yourself. But if you truly want to be a fashionist l, it helps to learn from the experts.

Fashion editors, designers, photographers, models, and icons have made an entire literary genre of their memoirs, biographies, and coffee table photography books you won’t find elsewhere. But the true joy of reading about fashion isn’t merely in discovering, it’s in understanding how all the stories are knit together, creating the modern market we know today.

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The Fashion Business Manual: An Illustrated Guide to Building a Fashion Brand
Author: Fashionary
Published at: 26/07/2018
ISBN: 9887710970

The Fashion Business Manual is the best fashion guide book that will tell you everything you need to start building your fashion brand. It takes you to step by step through building a brand from startup to retailing, using illustrations to break down complex business information into an easy-to-read visual format making it a dynamic resource for fashion students, entrepreneurs and people in the fashion industry.



Glamour: 30 Years of Women Who Have Reshaped the World
Author: Barry, Samantha
Published at: 02/03/2021
ISBN: 1419752081

For over 80 years, Glamour has been the preeminent female empowerment title in America.

Launched in 1990, the annual awards have become a 30-year living, breathing history, mapping out the evolution of women’s power across the worlds of film, politics, sports, activism, and more. Many of the names are familiar. We’ve grown up with Billie Jean King, Madonna, Nora Ephron, and Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Titans of change like Michelle Obama and Malala Yousafzai have rocked our world in lasting ways. Stars such as Reese Witherspoon, Ava DuVernay, Julianne Moore, Lupita Nyong’o, and Ashley Graham have used their global influence to shift the needle in filmmaking, reproductive rights, criminal justice, and representation. Other names you may not know so well include women who have transformed the futures of school children in local communities and teens who organized millions to fight against gun violence.

Glamour: 30 Years of Women Who Have Reshaped the World touches on some of the most culturally important moments of our recent history. 



Chanel: The Complete Collections (Catwalk)
Author: Mauriès, Patrick
Published at: 10/11/2020
ISBN: 0300254644

This fully revised edition of the first overview of Karl Lagerfeld’s (1933–2019) Chanel creations maintains every exceptional detail of the first edition. Images of key looks and short informative texts bring to life each season now with 22 new collections, including Lagerfeld’s final show for the house. Beautifully produced, this book will stand as the ultimate reference on Lagerfeld’s iconic Chanel looks and serve as a lasting tribute to one of the most talented and influential fashion designers in history.   

Opening with an introductory essay about Lagerfeld and his vision for Chanel, the book explores the collections chronologically, revealing the designer’s inspired reinvention of classic Chanel style elements from season to season. Each collection is illustrated with a curated selection of catwalk images (filled with photos of top fashion models, including Cara Delevingne, Linda Evangelista, Kate Moss, and Claudia Schiffer), showcasing hundreds of spectacular clothes, from luxurious haute couture to trendsetting ready-to-wear, accessories, beauty looks, and set designs.



Valentino: Themes and Variations
Author: Pamela Golbin
Published at: 09/09/2008
ISBN: 0847831728

The name Valentino has been synonymous with high fashion for almost fifty years. Based in Rome, Valentino is only one of two couture houses recognized by the French government outside of Paris. His exquisite designs are coveted and worn by young Hollywood and high society the world over.

Published in association with a prestigious exhibition at the Museé des Arts Decoratifs’s famed costume department in Paris, this volume focuses on Valentino’s haute couture creations, highlighting the most important and iconic creations of his half-century in fashion through recurring themes in Valentino’s work variations on the ideas of volume, line, and texture as well as motifs such as geometry, pleats, and flowers through new photography, sketches, fabric samples, and commentary on the dresses by Valentino himself. In addition, unprecedented photography by François Halard of Valentino’s last fittings and backstage of his runway show reveals Valentino’s private world for the first time.



Nike: Better is Temporary
Author: Grawe, Sam
Published at: 16/04/2021
ISBN: 1838660518

This immersive visual survey offers an unprecedented, behind-the-scenes exploration into Nike's ethos-driven design formula, placing industry-defining innovations and globally recognized products alongside previously unpublished designs, prototypes, insider stories, and more.

The book's extraordinary design also nods to its contents. The striking cover features overlapping silkscreened layers of Nike's proprietary Volt yellow and Hyperpunch pink colours overlaying an image of world-champion marathoner Eliud Kipchoge printed in a halftone dot pattern. The book's spine, visible through the clear jacket, showcases a series of coloured tabs that extend from its interior pages and which are referenced in the book's bonus chapter, "Crafting Color."

Combining 500 colour illustrations with stories, insights, knowledge, passion, and history shared by Nike's remarkable team, Nike: Better is Temporary will serve as a manual of innovation and inspiration for generations to come.



Fashion, New Edition: The Definitive Visual Guide (Smithsonian)
Author: DK
Published at: 03/09/2019
ISBN: 1465486402

Fashion is a visual feast, packed with stunning illustrations of 1,500 costumes from around the globe. It celebrates famous trendsetters, designers, and fashion icons from Queen Henrietta Maria to Jackie Onassis and Jean Paul Gautier.

Fashion endlessly reinvents itself, reflecting society's trends and innovations. Discover why different looks caught on, from the elaborate ruffs, wigs, and farthingales of the 17th century, to Dior's "new look" in 1947 and shoulder pads in the 1980s. Find out why for centuries people's dress was regulated by governments' "sumptuary rules" and how the invention of new textiles from velvet to lycra influenced clothing design.

Whether you're part of the fashion industry, a student, or you just love clothes, Fashion is both a glorious visual treat and a treasured history.



The Little Dictionary of Fashion: A Guide to Dress Sense for Every Woman
Author: Dior, Christian
Published at: 01/09/2007
ISBN: 0810994615

<p>Much has been written about fashion, in all its aspects, but I do not think any couturier has ever before attempted to compile a dictionary on the subject.”—from the little dictionary of fashion 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.</p>




Fabric for Fashion: The Swatch Book, Second Edition (An invaluable resource containing 125 fabric swatches)
Author: Hallett, Clive
Published at: 04/11/2014
ISBN: 1780672330

This easily navigable resource provides 125 swatches of the most recognized and widely used varieties of fabric. Natural fabrics such as cotton, silks, wools and linens are included, as are artificial and synthetic ones like nylons, polyesters, microfibers, metallics and soya fabrics, and fabrics made from alternative plant fibres like bamboo and hemp. Their properties are explained alongside the swatches, with diagrams and colour photographs of fashion garments to illustrate their behaviour. Presented in a sturdy ring–binder folder, Fabric for Fashion: The Swatch Book also includes a section on techniques such as felting, weaving, and knitting as well as practical information on sourcing fabrics, costing and testing them and an invaluable annexe on fabric terminology. 



The Fashion Book
Author: Phaidon Editors
Published at: 27/05/2020
ISBN: 1838661107

“Filled with inspirational images.” —Glamour

Fully revised and updated for 2020, this new edition of Phaidon's iconic global bestseller The Fashion Book takes a fresh look at the fashion world and the people who created and inspired it. Spanning almost 200 years, the entire industry is represented: from designers to photographers, stylists, and retailers, as well as editors and creative directors. Marking significant changes on the fashion landscape, this revised edition features important new names who have fundamentally shaped the way we see fashion in recent years, including Virgil Abloh, Gosha, and Alessandro Michele, influential image-maker Petra Collins, model and contemporary icon Rihanna, and Leandra Medine, alongside fashion pioneers of the previous edition such as Coco Chanel, Issey Miyake, Kate Moss, Erdem, and Richard Avedon. This bestselling - and now updated - classic volume remains a comprehensive and definitive view of the fashion industry today.



Little Book of Prada (Little Book of Fashion)
Author: Farran Graves, Graves Laia
Published at: 07/07/2020
ISBN: 178739459X

Little Book of Prada is the pocket-sized and beautifully illustrated story of the legendary fashion house. Understated elegance and luxury, technologically advanced fabrics and sublime originality of design are all hallmarks of the House of Prada.

In this miniature monograph, Laia Farran Graves documents the history and heritage of the brand, from the company's origins as a leather goods manufacturer to the global fashion empire created by Miuccia Prada. Little Book of Prada explores the evolutions and innovations of the brand, as well as a design ethos informed by an interest in minimalism and contemporary art. Images of individual garments, catwalk shots and fashion photography pay tribute to one of the world's most influential fashion houses and the woman behind it, in a perfectly designed and stylish format that makes a perfect gift for any lover of fashion.



Louis Vuitton: The Birth of Modern Luxury Updated Edition: The Birth of Modern Luxury Updated Edition
Author: Pasols, Paul-Gerard
Published at: 01/12/2012
ISBN: 1419705563

When Louis Vuitton: The Birth of Modern Luxury was published in 2004, the book was the first to describe the dramatic rise of the world’s finest luxury company. Written with full access to the company’s archives, it demonstrates Louis Vuitton’s passion for fine design with a stunning array of archival art, product designs, and cutting-edge advertising. The company is examined through the lives of its first three leaders founder Louis (who invented the modern trunk), his son Georges, and his grandson Gaston. Now with fresh information on subjects such as designs for ready-to-wear clothing, shoes, jewellery, and even automobiles, this new edition includes 20 additional pages and updated material throughout the book, covering the brand’s recent history, with new texts and photographs.



Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty
Author: Bolton, Andrew
Published at: 31/05/2011
ISBN: 0300169787

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.

 

Published to coincide with an exhibition at The Metropolitan Museum of Art organized by The Costume Institute, this stunning book includes a preface by Andrew Bolton; an introduction by Susannah Frankel; an interview by Tim Blanks with Sarah Burton, creative director of the house of Alexander McQueen; illuminating quotes from the designer himself; provocative and captivating new photography by renowned photographer Sølve Sundsbø; and a lenticular cover by Gary James McQueen.



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