Five Fashion Books You Should Know About
Reading about fashion through the eyes of designers, historians, and fashion icons, gives us a glimpse into the intricate spider web of fashion history, how it built itself and who is or was a part of it. Compiling a list of five essential fashion books, these books will take you on a journey through the ages, for you to learn, discover and ultimately to be inspired by the stories of fashions past and greats.
The Battle of Versailles: The Night American Fashion Stumbled into the Spotlight and Made History by Robin Givhan
The Battle of Versailles by Robin Givhan is a captivating tale of how American fashion designers took on the French establishment and changed the course of fashion history. With vivid descriptions and in-depth research, Givhan transports readers to the night of November 28, 1973, where a clash of cultures occurred on the runway of the Palace of Versailles. This event not only marked the rise of American fashion but also challenged the industry’s traditional notions of beauty and diversity. It is Givhan’s keen eye for detail and her ability to weave together a compelling narrative that illuminates a pivotal moment in fashion history.
A Visible Man: A Memoir by Edward Enninful
Edward Enninful’s A Visible Man: A Memoir is an inspiring story of his journey from a young boy growing up in London to his rise as one of the most influential figures in the fashion industry. Enninful’s story is a testament to the transformative power of fashion, and how it can be used as a tool for self-expression, activism, and social change. With candid and honest reflections on his personal and professional life, Enninful offers a unique perspective on the fashion industry, its challenges, and opportunities.
Dazed: 30 Years Confused: The Covers That Launched A Movement By Rizzoli
From its inception in 1991 to its current status as a cultural powerhouse, Dazed has been at the forefront of fashion, art, and youth culture. With over 200 covers spanning three decades, this book showcases the groundbreaking photography, design, and editorial content that has made Dazed a cultural institution. With its diverse range of voices and perspectives that have graced its pages, and the ways in which the magazine has shaped and reflected the cultural zeitgeist. Dazed: 30 Years Confused is a visual feast and a must-read for anyone interested in the intersection of fashion and culture.
The Chiffon Trenches’ by Andre Leon Talley
Talley, a former editor-at-large for Vogue magazine, shares his personal and professional experiences, including his rise to the top of the fashion industry and his relationships with some of the most iconic designers of our time. With its vivid descriptions of the glamour, excess, and cutthroat competition of the fashion world, The Chiffon Trenches is a captivating read that offers readers a rare glimpse into the inner workings of the industry. Fashion enthusiasts will appreciate Talley’s wit, wisdom, and unparalleled insider knowledge of the fashion industry.
Ahluwalia Jalebi by Ahluwalia Studio
Ahluwalia Jalebi, the limited-edition photography tome, showcases the work of designer Priya Ahluwalia. This book, photographed by Laurence Ellis, delves into Ahluwalia’s journey as a young mixed heritage person living in modern Britain and explores her rich cultural roots. Through striking photographs, readers are transported to Southall, Britain’s first Punjabi community, where Ahluwalia draws inspiration for her clothing collections. By examining what it means to be a young mixed heritage person in contemporary Britain, Ahluwalia Jalebi is a celebration of cultural diversity and its interplay with fashion.