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Curious to know more about this industry and the people who have defined it? While a quick scroll through Instagram might inform you of the most up-to-date trends and cool brands right now, the best way to dive deeper into fashion's rich history is to pick up one of the dozens of amazing books on the subject. But there are so many great fashion-related reads on the market right now that it can be hard to know which ones are absolutely essential.
To make it a little easier on you, we've selected the 15 best fashion books that we believe are crucial to your fashion education. From Christian Dior's book of essential style tips to Grace Coddington's witty memoir, these titles cover the groundwork when it comes to who's who and what's what in fashion. Scroll down to discover and shop 15 of the best fashion books of all time.
1. The Little Dictionary of Fashion
2. The Woman I Wanted to Be
3. Vogue: The Editor's Eye
4. The End of Fashion
Agins explores how fashion went from being an elitist industry to one that caters to the mass market, sharing plenty of juicy industry anecdotes along the way.
5. Champagne Supernovas
Callahan unpacks the alternative fashion era that was the '90s by focusing on the most iconic personalities from that time. You'll never see any of them the same way!
6. Elsa Schiaparelli: A Biography
7. Gods and Kings
Thomas traces how two of fashion's anti-establishment critical darlings fell from grace due to the extreme pressures of the industry.
8. Grace: A Memoir
9. The Beautiful Fall
Drake unpacks the glamorous fashion world of 1970s Paris and focuses on one of its greatest rivalries: Karl Lagerfeld versus Yves Saint Laurent.
10. Love Style Life
11. Iris Apfel: Accidental Icon
12. Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty
13. Women in Clothes
15. The Battle of Versailles
Not many fashion week runways include any sort of catwalk battle—in fact, it almost never happens. But the iconic runway faceoff of 1973 at the famed Palace of Versailles is not a fashion tall tale. In fact, the real story is better than fiction and a piece of must-know industry knowledge.
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