It wasn’t until 2017 that I started to seriously explore the world of books. Before that, I was only doing movies and dramas. A rather stubborn idea that books are boring was ingrained enough in my brain to be destroyed by a college junior. She told me books are friends we’ll never be apart of, and she was absolutely right. Books teach you what there is, and somehow they do it well. They are very personal, so we can understand more from these pages. So whenever someone asks me what they need to do to figure out something, I suggest a book.
The fashion industry is no exception. You will of course learn a lot by working but the theoretical bases must be developed. Only books do that. It doesn’t matter whether it’s fiction or non-fiction you read; reading helps. Those of you who are seriously considering entering the industry should consider purchasing a few fashion books. In fact, I have already mentioned 5 in this article.
Take a look at 5 fashion books that will teach you what you need to know.
Overdressed: the incredibly high cost of cheap fashion; Elizabeth L. cline
If you live in the United States, you probably know that a lot of affordable and mass-produced clothing is not made in the country. They are imported from abroad, usually from China. This book addresses this question. The author raises the issue that trends are changing and we are no longer producing clothes. She dwells on the reasons and offers insightful facts about the same. This book is best for those who are interested in an analytical piece.
The Beautiful Fall: Lagerfeld, Saint Laurent and Glorious Excell in 1970s Paris; Alicia drake
I think the name of the book says a lot about the content. This book is about two great fashion designers who revolutionized fashion in an incomparable way: Karl Lagerfeld and Yves Saint Laurent. With remarkable detail, the author explores their profile, their personal and professional lives, and all the juicy updates on the controversies their life has been mired in. Understanding a fashion designer is as necessary as understanding their designs. It’s a very informative book that one should have to know what the fashion industry does and doesn’t do to fashion designers.
Grace: a thesis; Grace Coddington
We all know Vogue is one of the most influential magazines in the world. With millions of prints in circulation, this is an example of a successful business. However, do you know what it means to be the spearhead of your creative element? Well, Grace Coddington, former Creative Director at American Vogue, writes in her memoir with exceptional articulation about it. She talks about models, celebrities, interviews, hairstyles and so on. You will learn how to become a Creative Director, what type of profile is best suited for the job, and how stressful and professional life can be. We get to know the world of fashion through magazines; also inform us about these magazines.
Coco Chanel: The Illustrated World of a Fashion Icon; Megan Hess
Do I even need to tell you why you should read this book? Well, I’ll have to do it anyway, but this is Coco Chanel. Coco Chanel, the woman who turned the global fashion industry upside down; the woman who created a brand that will carry on her legacy; the woman who made celebrities go gaga for her designs. Megan Hess writes everything in this amazing book about this amazing woman. The book essentially tells many essential moments in the life of Coco Chanel and offers a historical and deep insight into the world of the designer. You cannot read this book; get a copy ASAP!
Shoe dog; Phil Chevalier
One of my personal favorites is Nike, and I don’t think I need to explain why. It is a successful sports shoe brand that offers too much comfort to its customers. We should all thank Phil Knight for that. He has become a successful businessman in the sports world by introducing versatile and state-of-the-art athletic shoes for customers of all ages. As long as you are ready to grow, you will get quality delivery. The Shoe Dog book will tell you how he made his way to the top. It’s an interesting read that will keep you going until the last page.
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