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Tuesday, June 30, 2009

The 13 Fashion Books That You Should Have In Your Fashionista Library

There are books that you absolutely need to have in your library in order to maintain your fashionista creds. A true fashionista knows her history right up to modern day. So if you don't have these amazing books in your library, then you need to hit up the bookstore quickly. Here are the 13 must have fashion books:

Stylist: The Interpreters of Fashion, by

This book chronicles the careers of the top stylists who have shaped way the fashion industry thinks including Carine Roitfeld, Grace Coddington, Polly Mellen and Camilla Nickerson. See how they worked with top photographer like Avedon and Meisel to create the images that made your jaws drop.

Influence by Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen

This wonderful book explores the things that have influenced fashion icons like Lauren Hutton, Diane von Furstenberg and John Galliano, just to name a few. Mary Kate and Ashley set out to dig deeply into the personas of these icons to see what makes them really tick.

The Seductive Shoe: Four Centuries of Fashion Footwear, by Jonathan Walford

Jonathan Walford takes a peek into the shoe closets of the world over the last 400 years, revealing the styles and fashions that have fueled that obsession.

Jacques Helleu and Chanel, by Jacques Helleu

This gorgeous and lavishly illustrated book tells the story of Jacques Helleu’s vision. Helleu joined the house of Chanel at the age of eighteen. In 1965 he took over responsibility for promotion, and he currently serves as Chanel’s artistic director.

Dior, by Farid Chenoune

On the occasion of its sixtieth anniversary, the House of Dior presents a monumental recounting of its history, imparted through its exceptional legacy: one hundred and fifty of its most beautiful dresses.

Vintage Fashion: Collecting and Wearing Designer Fashions, 1900-1990 by Emma Baxter Wright

Want to learn the inside scoop on vintage fashion collection? Then this is the book for you. This brilliant book walks you through the fashion decades explaining every important detail about the fashion of that time, as well as, the key designers of that decade, so that you can easily spot and nab that perfect vintage find.

In Vogue: The Illustrated History of the World's Most Famous Fashion Magazine (Hardcover) by Alberto Oliva, Norberto Angeletti, and Anna Wintour

This book offers an inside look into how this magazine is really put together from its fabulous covers to the models who have graced its cover to its photographers of choice.

The Golden Age of Couture in Paris and London: 1947-1957, by Claire Wilcox

This book is the companion to the wonderful exhibit at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London in September 2007, which focused on Parisian and British couture between 1947 and 1957, the decade Dior hailed as fashion’s “golden age.”

Seduction, by Caroline Cox

Fashion historian, Caroline Cox explains how women have been seducing men for centuries. She examines the use of aphrodisiacs to lushly-decorated boudoirs to the all-important deployment of stockings. She also highlights some of the world's most infamous seductresses including Marie Antoinette.

Style from A to Zoe, by Rachel Zoe

Famed celebrity stylish, Rachel Zoe, tells it like it is in this witty advice book. She offers advice not just on how to pull together a great outfit, but also give the essential tips that women really need to hear in order to be able to face themselves in the mirror and totally love what they see.

The One Hundred, by Nina Garcia

Project Runway judge and Editor-at-Large for Marie Claire, Nina Garcia, identifies the 100 must haves items that every woman should possess in order to secure her fashionista creds.

100 Years of Fashion Illustrations, by Cally Blackman

This books contains over 400 stunning images by some of the world's best illustrators of the last century telling the tales of the fashion industry through their tips of the drawing pencils.

Avedon Fashion: 1944 to 2000, by Richard Avedon

For over sixty years, Richard Avedon was called upon time and time again to capture some of the most memorable moments in fashion including his photographs for Harper's Bazaar, Vogue, Egoiste, and The New Yorker.


Dream Sequins said...

oh-- I have to say that I'm addicted to fashion books, so thanks for posting these!!!

the capitol fashionista said...

me too. i love fashion books!

Ondo Lady said...

I love fashion books, I have the Rachel Zoe book and the one by Nina Garcia. The one about the stylists looks great and I will check it out.

the capitol fashionista said...

the stylists is an amazing book. definitely pick that one up.

MizzJ said...

Great list! I so want to get Influence, I'm quite impressed after flipping through it the catalog of fashion personalities they've compiled, it's quite fascinating.

Audrwey said...

Oh merci for all these suggestions!!!!

Style A to Zoe is very great and The One Hundred by Nina Garcia, too!


the capitol fashionista said...

thanks, ladies

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