I’ve had this post saved as a draft for a very long time! This blog is a testament to my own personal interests of books and fashion mixing – and although I have covered lots of books individually, the two subjects don’t always blend so well. I thought a roundup of my favorite fashion books would be helpful (for everyone, but also as a reference to myself too, because people always ask me for recommendations!)
Please enjoy this list of my favorite fashionable books, click on the image to get to more information about the book!
The One Hundred by Nina Garcia – an amazingly stylish list of classic pieces, that are basic staples to a wardrobe, which a woman could own. A great book to keep around the house for inspiration, or for a young girl who may be interested in fashion. The Ruben Toledo illustrations are an extra nice element to this book.
The Beautiful Fall by Alicia Drake – This was actually one of the first books I reviewed on my blog – an amazing and complicated account of the lives of Yves Saint Laurent and Karl Lagerfeld, and how they intersected.
100 Years of Fashion Illustration by Cally Blackman – Fashion illustration has been a key element to fashion and style for a very long time, as most fashions begin as a sketch by the artists (better yet, designers) hand still to this day!
Fashion Drawing in Vogue by William Packer – A quite old fashion (not old fashioned) book I came across in the library, hidden among all the new books (click here to see my old post about it with some photos of the pages). An extremely relevant book because of its retrospective of a time when almost all images in Vogue magazine were illustrations, and not photographs.
Fruits by Soichi Aoki – I can clearly remember the first time I saw this Fruits book back around 2003 or 2004; before street style was a huge thing around the world, the Japanese had been doing it right this whole time. The book is still just as influential!
Dressing Up Vintage by Tracy Tolkien – Another lovely book I found at the library (click here for my old post about it). It’s a great book for vintage fashion lovers as well as collectors, but also for anyone interested in the subject. Covers decades individually, and gives key names/brands to look for.
Pattern Magic by Tomoko Nakamichi – I first came across this book a few years ago when I moved to San Francisco and saw it inside the Kinokuniya bookstore. The clothing constructed out of the patterns truly are magic as the title suggests. Now that I have dipped my toes in the world of sewing with patterns, I hope to eventually work my way up to one of these designs!
Biba: the Biba Experience by Alwyn W. Turner – I came across this one while I briefly worked at the art school library, a wonderful look into the rise and fall of Biba – a wonderful experiment in fast fashion that was elemental in changing how we wear our clothes today. (click here to see a past post where I spoke about it)
Influence by MK & Ashley Olsen – I have a love/hate relationship with this book. It is full of Proust questionnaire responses by influential people in the fashion industry. Some of the answers are very insightful about how professional creatives think. My gripe is that a few people they chose, are honestly not very interesting.
Overdressed: The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion by Elizabeth L. Cline – my last fashionable read. This book is amazing. It has really helped me understand this whole Made in the USA fashion movement, what it really means, and where we should hopefully be moving towards!
Everyone has their own, what is your favorite fashionable read?!