Looking for some inspiration on what to read next? Check out my handpicked list of top 10 fashion books every fashionista should read!
With so many fashion and style books on the market, it can be difficult to determine which are worth reading from those that are all cover and no content. Not only will these top 10 fashion coffee table books look pretty displayed on your shelves or coffee table, each book provides you with a wealth of information and a highly enjoyable read!
Top 10 Must Have Fashion Books
- The Fashionary Books
Interested in a career in fashion? Then you need to check out The Fashionary book series. The Fashionary offers a range of excellent tools that will enable you to gain knowledge on the history of fashion, legendary designers, a complete guide to textiles, as well as how to launch a fashion brand from scratch. They also offer additional tools for fashion designers, from sketch pads to fashion design templates to make fashion sketching super fun and convenient!
The fashion coffee table book to end all coffee table books! This book tells the story of Chanel in beautiful illustrations by well known fashion illustrator Megan Hess. “Chanel” is full of stunning pictures of Chanel’s life, designs and empire, as well as a short but informative mini biography of her life.
Timeless: A Century of Iconic Looks by Louise Young
Louise Young is a British make-up artist with a very well known professional make-up brush line. “Timeless: A Century of Iconic Looks” is full of information on the history of make-up and trends throughout the 20th century. In addition, each trend comes with a step-by-step tutorial too, making it easy for you to replica the look at home. If you are interested in learning more about how make-up trends and products have evolved throughout the last century then this is an excellent guide!
Fashion lovers, as well as those who work in the fashion industry, often have an underlying interest (read: obsession) with branding. Curating the perfect wardrobe is done in a similar way to pulling together the visual aspects of a business brand. There’s a lot to be learned from “Style Your Brand” about visual branding and turning creative ideas into perfectly styled results.
Not only does The Cartiers give us a fascinating insight into the story of how the jewellery brand first started, it just happens to be written by the granddaughter of a fourth-generation Cartier - Francesca Cartier Brickell. This book is difficult to put down and is a story for those who love detail! It is very well researched and opens up both the personal and professional lives of the Cartier family. We all know of the world famous Cartier jewellery brand but what is less known is how and when it was founded and the incredible tale of the four generations of the Cartier family who drove the brand forward against all odds. As you'll know if you've read our December 2021 issue, in which our cover story is an interview with the author, Francesca didn't know much about her family's history until after her grandfather's 90th birthday. You can read our full interview and the backstory behind the book here.
Aimee Song (blogger at Song of Style) is the author of this in-depth manual to styling your Instagram feed. Aimee is a successful blogger who grew her following mainly through Instagram. When it comes to curating a perfectly styled feed, there isn’t much that the Song of Style blogger doesn’t know. The book is full of high quality information, not to mention a colourful selection of photographs showing examples of Aimee’s work. If you’re looking for photography inspiration or want to grow your Instagram following then this is definitely one to add to the top 10 fashion coffee table books list.
Nasty Gal founder Sophia Amoruso is equally as famous for creating her clothing line as she is for making famous the hashtag #GirlBoss. Sophia Amoruso’s story isn’t your typical timeline of somebody with a career in fashion, but it is certainly inspiring and entertaining!
There are so many lovely make-up products and other cosmetics that have been high-profile classics throughout the years but how many of them can you remember? “Pretty Iconic” lists off some of the most iconic beauty items of all time!
As the creative director at US Vogue, working closely with Anna Wintour, Grace Coddington has compiled her intriguing life in the fashion industry into this book of memoirs. Grace originally started out as a model in Britain before her fashion career started to take her into other areas of the fashion industry, which lead to her moving across the pond to the US and becoming the creative director at American Vogue. This is a must for the list of top 10 fashion books that you should read, what with Grace Coddington being such as iconic figure in the world of fashion.
What is it with our fascination with the French way of life? If your French envy extends to wardrobe lust, this light-hearted ‘how to be French’ guide is just what you need! This book is for all of those fashionistas who want to be effortlessly stylish and French whenever they like, wherever they are!