Best Fashion Photography Books in 2021

Fashion Photography Book

Fashion photography is a tempting world for us all, filled with intrigue. It requires highly sophisticated technical skills, a knowledge of design and sight that covers the moment and historical context. It's really a part of high culture. On top of which its history is cannot be imagined without models, editors, designers and, yes, photographers.

We have selected the best fashion photography books for you in a wish that if you’ve set your sights on the world of fashion you’ll certainly need to bring ability when it comes to shooting, lighting, and developing creative concepts.

Hope that some of these reads will help you to prepare for a collaborative, team-based world in which success depends on management as much as camera settings.

Chanel: Collections and Creations
Author: Daniele Bott
Published at: 18/04/2021
ISBN: 0500513600

Chanel's combination of tradition, originality and style has always made it the most seductive of brands. Here the House of Chanel opens its private archives, revealing a galaxy of brilliant designs created by Coco Chanel from the 1920s onwards, and now reinterpreted to become the motifs for brand new garments, accessories and beauty products.

Inspired by the House's signature fragrance, the legendary ‘Chanel No 5’, the book explores five central themes the suit, the camellia, jewellery, fragrances and make-up, and the little black dress and follows the threads from past to present to show how these key items have been rediscovered and reinvented by fashion designers working in the footsteps of their illustrious predecessors. This visual journey is enhanced by previously unpublished archive photographs and original drawings by Karl Lagerfeld, as well as glorious images from some of the greatest names in fashion photography.

Dazzling clothes, intricate accessories, beautiful models and timeless design leave no doubt as to the lasting fame of the brand and embody everything that has come to symbolize the magic of Chanel.



Ebony: Covering Black America
Author: Lavette, Lavaille
Published at: 02/02/2021
ISBN: 0847869016

America much like that of the trailblazing Life Magazine, and that he did. For the African American community, Ebony has been a breath of fresh air, speaking on issues and events from the Black perspective, celebrating Black standards of beauty and elevating heroes of Black American athletes, entertainers, activists, elected officials, or some combination thereof. 

Curated by Lavette, this all-out feast of a book is packed with exclusive contributions by a host of celebrities, influencers, and cultural icons, including Common, Gabrielle Union, Dwyane Wade, Sean Combs, Kimora Lee Simmons, Ciara, and Venus Williams. The book also includes more than 600 covers and photographs featuring political forces, Congresswoman, entertainers and sports heroes.

Unique in the quality of its photographs and contributors and chronicling everything from fashion and food to politics and social change, to sports and entertainment, Ebony: Covering Black America is a monumental milestone in African-American history and culture and will be a treasured volume for the magazine's legion of loyal readers.



Vogue: Fantasy & Fashion
Author: Vogue editors
Published at: 20/10/2020
ISBN: 141973332X

A dream book of empowering and fantastical fashion narratives from Brothers Grimm to futuristic scenarios told in Vogue’s inimitable style  

Lavishly illustrated, Vogue: Fantasy & Fashion celebrates the magazine’s strong and deeply rooted tradition of storytelling through magical, narrative portfolios. Fashion’s greatest power is its ability to make people dream; to create new worlds. Whether falling down a rabbit hole, conquering new, digital frontiers, or exploring the limits of surrealism, the heroines who feature in photographs by great talents like Annie Leibovitz, Steven Meisel, Irving Penn, and Steven Klein are writing their own tales, defining their own destinies.  

Featuring well-known images as well as unexpected gems from the archive, Vogue: Fantasy & Fashion documents fashion at its most magical and affirms its transformative power.



Fashion History from the 18th to the 20th Century
Author: TASCHEN
Published at: 13/03/2020
ISBN: 3836577917

The Best Fashion Photography Book Fashion History from the 18th to the 20th Century introduced the history of Fashion. 

Clothes define people. A person’s attire, whether it’s a sari, kimono, or business suit, is an essential code to his or her culture, class, personality, even faith. Founded in 1978, the Kyoto Costume Institute recognizes the importance of understanding clothes from sociological, historical, and artistic perspectives. With one of the world’s most extensive clothing collections, the KCI has amassed a wide range of historical garments, underwear, shoes, and fashion accessories dating from the 18th century to the present day.

Showcasing the Institute’s vast collection, Fashion History is a fascinating excursion through clothing trends from the 18th to the 20th century. Featuring impeccable photography of clothing expertly displayed and arranged on custom-made mannequins, it is a testimony to attire as “an essential manifestation of our very being” and to the Institute’s passion for fashion as a complex and intricate art form.



Peter Lindbergh. On Fashion Photography (English, French and German Edition)
Author: Lindbergh, Peter
Published at: 24/05/2020
ISBN: 3836584425

This is one of the best Fashion Photography books that gathers more than 300 images from forty years of Lindbergh’s career. It traces the German photographer’s cinematic inflections and humanist approach, which produced images at once seductive and introspective.

He was pivotal to the rise of models such as Kate Moss, Naomi Campbell, Linda Evangelista, Cindy Crawford, Mariacarla Boscono, Lara Stone, Claudia Schiffer, Amber Valletta, Nadja Auermann, and Kristen McMenamy. From the picture chosen by Anna Wintour as the cover of her first Vogue issue to the legendary shot of Tina Turner on the Eiffel Tower, it is never the clothes, celebrity, or glamour that takes centre stage in a Lindbergh photograph. Each picture conveys the humanity of its subject with a serene melancholy that is uniquely and unmistakably Lindbergh.

This edition features an updated introduction adapted from an interview in 2016, allowing a glimpse behind Lindbergh’s lens, where the photographer recounts his early collaborations, the tenuous relationship between commercial and fine art, and the power of storytelling.



In Vogue: An Illustrated History of the World's Most Famous Fashion Magazine
Author: Oliva, Alberto
Published at: 30/10/2012
ISBN: 0847839451

In Vogue is a fascinating look at the history of the world's most influential magazine. The complete compendium is illustrated with hundreds of covers and archival interiors of past Vogue editions, featuring the work of some of the twentieth century's most respected artists, cover illustrators, and photographers from Edward Steichen, Toni Frissell, and Erwin Blumenfeld to Irving Penn, Richard Avedon, David Bailey, Helmut Newton, Annie Leibovitz, Mario Testino, Steven Klein, Bruce Webber, and Herb Ritts.

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.



Bill Cunningham: On the Street: Five Decades of Iconic Photography
Author: New York Times
Published at: 03/09/2019
ISBN: 1524763500

Bill Cunningham’s photography captured the evolution of style, of trends, and of every day, both in New York City and in Paris. But his work also shows that street style is not only about fashion; it’s about the people and the changing culture. These photographs from his fashion photography book many never before seen, others having originally appeared in The New York Times and elsewhere move from decade to decade, beginning in the 1970s and continuing until Cunningham’s death in 2016. Here you’ll find Cunningham’s distinctive chronicling of the 1980s transit strike, the rise of 1990s casual Fridays, the sadness that fell over the city following 9/11, Inauguration Day 2009, the onset of selfies, and many other significant moments.  

This enduring portfolio is enriched by essays that provide a revealing portrait of Cunningham and a few of his many fascinations and influences, contributed by Cathy Horyn, Tiina Loite, Vanessa Friedman, Ruth La Ferla, Guy Trebay, Penelope Green, Jacob Bernstein, and a much-favoured subject, Anna Wintour. More than anything, On the Street is a timeless representation of Cunningham’s commitment to capturing the here and now.




Sneaker Freaker. The Ultimate Sneaker Book
Author: Wood, Simon
Published at: 27/11/2018
ISBN: 3836572230

Back in 2002, Simon “Woody” Wood was dreaming up schemes to get free sneakers. Two weeks later, he was the proud owner of Sneaker Freaker and his life was never the same. From its early roots as a punk-style fanzine to today’s super-slick print and online operations, the fiercely independent publication has documented every collab, custom, limited edition, retro reissue, Quickstrike, Hyperstrike, and Tier Zero sneaker released over the last 15 years.

Traversing 100 years of history, each chapter paints a rollicking picture of the sneaker industry’s evolution. Air Max, Air Force, Adi Dassler, Converse, Kanye, Dapper Dan, Dee Brown, Michael Jordan, and Yeezy―along with obscure treasures like Troop, Airwalk, and Vision Street Wear―are all exhaustively documented.

This is a definitive source of knowledge. This is… The Ultimate Sneaker Book!



Slim Aarons: Women
Author: Aarons, Slim
Published at: 04/10/2016
ISBN: 1419722425

Slim Aarons: Women is one of the best Fashion Photography Book that explores the central subject of Slim Aarons’s career the extraordinary women from the upper echelons of high society, the arts, fashion, and Hollywood. The book presents the women who most influenced Aarons’s life and work and the other remarkable personalities he photographed along the way, including Audrey Hepburn, Jackie Kennedy, Diana Vreeland, and Marilyn Monroe, all featured in unforgettable photographs.

The collection contains more than 200 images, the majority of which have not appeared in previous books, along with detailed captions written by one of Aarons’s closest colleagues. Showcasing beautiful women at their most glamorous in some of the most dazzling locations across the globe, Slim Aarons: Women is a fresh look at the acclaimed photographer through the muses who inspired his most incredible photographs.



10. Tom Ford

Tom Ford
Author: Ford, Tom
Published at: 04/11/2008
ISBN: 0847826694

Tom Ford has become one of fashion's great icons. He transformed Gucci from a moribund accessories label into one of the sexiest fashion brands in the world.

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.



Vanity Fair 100 Years: From the Jazz Age to Our Age
Author: Carter, Graydon
Published at: 15/10/2013
ISBN: 1419708635

Vanity Fair 100 Years showcases a century of personality and power, art and commerce, crisis and culture―both highbrow and low. From its inception in 1913, through the Jazz Age and the Depression, to its reincarnation in the boom-boom Reagan years, to the image-saturated Information Age, Vanity Fair has presented the modern era as it has unfolded, using wit, imagination, peerless literary narrative, and bold, groundbreaking imagery from the greatest photographers, artists, and illustrators of the day. 

The book is a stunning artefact that begets staring, less for the words and publishing industry than as an exercise in visual storytelling reflected through the prism of society and celebrity. The best photographers, the best designers, the best illustrators all came together over Vanity Fair’s contents, and the book unfolds in page after page of stunningly rendered images, some iconic and some that never even ran.



The Rihanna Book
Author: Rihanna
Published at: 24/10/2019
ISBN: 0714878014

From her Barbados childhood to her worldwide tours, from iconic fashion moments to private time with friends and family, the book showcases intimate photographs of her life as an artist, performer, designer, and entrepreneur. Many of these images have never before been published.

This large-format book is 504 pages with 1,050 colour images on 3 paper stocks and 7 single- and double-page gatefolds, 9 bound-in booklets, 1 tip-in sheet, and a double-sided, removable poster.



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