The inner workings of the fashion world remain a mystery for most people, but there are several non-fiction books that can tell you all about it. Below, we’ve rounded up 5 books for you to read if you love fashion.
1. D.V. by Diana Vreeland
“I think when you’re young you should be a lot with yourself and your sufferings. Then one day you get out where the sun shines and the rain rains and the snow snows, and it all comes together”.
D.V. is a dazzling autobiography of Diana Vreeland, fashion editor of Harper’s Bazaar and editor-in-chief of Vogue, who helped define haute couture for the past fifty years. Here, she spills details on living as a socialite and being a French girl. You won’t find any dull moment when reading this book!
2. Grace: A Memoir by Grace Coddington
“I still weave dreams, finding inspiration wherever I can and looking for romance in the real, not the digital, world”.
Grace Coddington, the brilliant creative director of Vogue, talks about her time as a model in the ’60s and becoming an editor for Vogue after a life-changing accident. She doesn’t leave out the need-to-knows in the fashion industry and if you’ve seen the documentary The September Issue
, you’ll remember her as the woman with the fierce red hair, who was working alongside Anna Wintour.
3. Love Style Life by Garance Doré
“Now that I can talk to you from age forty, I can tell you—don’t worry, it’s all good. Life is the same, only better. Never perfect, never settled, never figured out, but ever beautifully flowing”
Fashion blogger Garance Doré gives us a memoir and style guide in her book, Love Style Life
. She captivated millions with her fresh and hilarious approach to style and her one-of-a-kind fashion illustrations. Her book will make you realize how she is a perfect reflection of who you want to be as she talks about her life and travels.
4. The Sartorialist: X by Scott Schuman
“Style as a concept has been hijacked to mean elite, refined and expensive when it should be thought of as a basic expression of life in much the same way as we all identify with music or speech”.
Photographer Scott Schuman fell into the limelight when he created a blog called The Sartorialist
. Since he created it ten years ago, the blog has become an essential part of the worldwide conversation on fashion. The book features beautiful images and commentary of people around the world with unique street styles, which only made it a visual source of inspiration for many.
5. How To Be A Parisian Wherever You Are: Love, Style, and Bad Habits by Anne Berest, Audrey Diwan, Caroline de Maigret, and Sophie Mas
“Take the time to listen and to get to know yourself. Take the time to change, to grow, to rest. Take the time to say yes, take the time to say no. Take the time to be quiet. Take the time to look after your body, to eat well. Take the time to ask yourself who you are and what you want”.
Four accomplished French women finally give a new take on what it really means to be a Parisienne with a book that doesn’t hold back. From how to behave, dress, and love, How To Be A Parisian Wherever You Are
debunks the myths on what it means to be a French woman. It will make you laugh and it will make you want to instantly be as chic as a Parisienne.
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