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Reading List: 7 First-Rated Fashion Books You Must Read

Posted on October 09 2015


1. Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty (Metropolitan Museum of Art)


Alexander McQueen was perhaps the most significant, creative, and challenging designer of his time. He tested and extended fashion conventions to bring awareness to ideas relating to sexuality, religion, race, class, and the environment. 

“Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty” reveals the supreme creativity and uniqueness that he possessed. He was a designer who is known for firmly examined and challenged the norms of fashion world. The book reveals his career from the humble beginnings to establishing a world-renowned brand in fashion.

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Women in Clothes can be considered a one of a kind piece of work. It is basically a dialogue among various women of different ages, nationalities, ethnicities, religions, fame status etc. on the topic of clothing.  It reveals how the clothes we wear give definition to who we are.

This is a very unique concept oriented book by Sheila Heti, which engages and interests all kinds of fashion readers. It is recognized widely as a great fashion related book.


3. I'll Drink to That: A Life in Style, with a Twist

The author of the book is Betty Halbreich. Betty is an eighty-six year old woman who is known as the legendary shopper from Bergdorf Goodman. She has over forty years of experience of dressing up socialites, celebrities and commoners alike. In her career, she helped many people find their style in the clothes they choose. She shares her life experiences in the book, with a “twist”, as indicated in the book title.


4. The Woman I Wanted to Be

Diane von Furstenberg is a fashion designer, wife, mother, grandmother and a philanthropist who is widely regarded and admired as one of the most innovative women of her time in the world of fashion. In this book, she shares her thoughts about the woman she wanted to become. It is even more interesting when you begin to read it.




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In this classic Sophia Amruso, shares her experiences on how she went from being a broke hitchhiker committing petty thefts to get by, to the CEO of a hundred million dollar company that employs over three hundred employees. The book goes above and beyond herself and connects to you and motivates you in a unique way.


6. How to Get Dressed: A Costume Designer's Secrets for Making Your Clothes Look, Fit, and Feel Amazing


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The book is in fact, costume designer Alison Freer’s guide for people who want to get in style. It offers advices on vast topics concerning fashion. She offers practical guidance on everything fashion-related, including topics like how to make garments fit better, learning closet organization, undergarments that are actually required, tips related to tailors and shopping economically yet vintage like a superstar. 


7. The Elements of Style

William Strunk Jr. brings to light the American English writing style in “The Elements of Syle”. It is regarded as a significant and popular specific usage of English grammar in the United States. It initially states eight basic rules of usage, ten fundamental rules of composition, and "a few matters of form". It also brings to focus a list of frequently misused words and terms.

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