A must-have for the dedicated followers of style is The Fashion Book by Phaidon Press (2013). From fashion designers to photographers, and from clothing to footwear, it is considered to be “the fashion Bible” alongside Vogue. The new edition includes a chapter on educational institutions that have played a major role in the careers of many designers.
100 Ideas that Changed Fashion by Harriet Worsley (Laurence King Publications, 2011) is a book that presents in a chronological order the most important and influential ideas that changed the way women dress in the twentieth century. It includes images and illustrations for every Idea.
Allure by Diana Vreeland (Chronicle Books, 2010) is a photographic tome of Vreeland’s work as a fashion editor of Harper’s Bazaar (1936-1962) and editor-in-chief of Vogue (1963-1971). It was first published in 1980 with the collaboration of Christopher Hemphill and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. Designer Marc Jacobs write the foreword to the revised edition.
I Love Your Style: How to Define and Refine Your Personal Style by Amanda Brooks (It Books, 2009) inspires women to find their personal style through Ms. Brooks’ personal stories, suggesting shopping techniques for every style from classic to minimal.
Nick Knight by Nick Knight (Harper Design, 2009) shows the work of the visionary image maker and fashion photographer. His collaborations with famous fashion designers such as Alexander McQueen and Yohji Yamamoto and fashion magazines such as British and American Vogue, i-D, and W are featured in this book.
Chanel: Collection and Creations by Danièle Bott (Thames and Hudson Ltd, 2007) is a book about Chanel’s style. The reader can learn about the legendary Chanel No5 perfume, the camellia, the little black dress, and everything that represents Chanel since the opening of the House back in the 1920s.
Prada by Miuccia Prada and Patrizio Bertelli (Fondazione Prada; Box Slp edition, 2009) is the first book that documents the whole fashion history of Prada in detail. It comes in a beautiful black box with the engraved logo giving it the luxurious feeling of the brand.
Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty (Metropolitan Museum of Art) by Andrew Bolton and Harold Koda (Yale University Press, 2011) is based on the MET exhibition by the same name. It highlights six of the most influential collections of one of the most inspirational fashion designers ever. σ