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21 Books Fashion Lovers Should Add to Their Collection

Interesting reads that double as decor.

By: Camille Freestone

The fashion industry has built itself on exclusivity—a book written by an insider can answer some of the lingering questions you may have. What was it like to work as a model in the ’60s? How does a street-style photographer select someone to shoot? You can also delve into the history of the industry. Flip through the best covers of Vogue or look at Prada’s style evolution over the years. Not to mention, a book’s beauty is not only within the pages, but displayed on the exterior, as well. Use them as interior decorating tools—they are an aesthetically pleasing way to take up some vacant shelf space or add dimension and color to an otherwise stark room. We can’t get enough of them, so here’s a roundup of some of our absolute favorite fashion books to scoop up now.

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Grace: A Memoir

Few in the fashion industry are as iconic as Grace Coddington. Take an inside look at Grace’s journey through the fashion industry.

Love. Style. Life.

With all her impressive work in fashion and lifestyle, Garance Doré has an abundance of knowledge on just about everything.

Coveteur: Private Spaces, Personal Style

We couldn’t resist. Take a look at some of our favorite closets, ever.

The Vanity Fair Diaries

Though not technically a fashion book, Tina Brown’s memoir reveals what it was like to be the first female Editor-in-Chief of Vanity Fair in the ’80s. It includes a few anecdotes with celebrity appearances that you won’t want to miss.

Bill Cunningham: On the Street

A collection of his lauded photography, this book showcases the OG street-style photographer’s work spanned over five decades.

Vogue: The Covers

This collection takes you through the historic imagery of Vogue and features everyone from Rihanna to Serena Williams to Meryl Streep.

Fashionopolis: The Price of Fast Fashion and the Future of Clothes

Why not take this time to educate yourself on the harmful aspects of the industry, as well?

Coco Chanel: The Legend and the Life

Welcome to the secret world of Gabrielle Chanel.

The Little Black Book of Style

Nina Garcia, previously a judge on Project Runway and the current Editor-in-Chief of Elle, lets us know how to cultivate our own signature looks.

Fashion: The Definitive History of Costume and Style

Here is a guide to how clothing has evolved over thousands of years.

Prada Catwalk: The Complete Collections

Celebrate the past 30 years of one of our runway favorites: Miuccia Prada.

Iris Apfel: Accidental Icon

Because there is no one with more iconic personal style than Iris.

The Art of Sneakers: Volume One

A creative ode to the “Jordan generation.”

The Sartorialist

We cannot get enough of Scott Schuman’s shots of the most stylish on the street.

Helmut Newton. Sumo. Revised by June Newton

You’re going to need an XL coffee table for this one. Helmut Newton is known for his iconic black-and-white photographs—we’re sure you’ll recognize a few.

Humans of New York

Also technically not a fashion book, but read this to discover what the real people of New York are actually wearing on a day-to-day basis.

Peter Lindbergh: A Different Vision on Fashion Photography

See the best of Lindbergh’s iconic, stark photography.

Avedon Fashion: 1944–2000

One of the most iconic photographers of the industry, Avedon shot for Harper’s Bazaar, Vogue, The New Yorker, and more.

Love Looks Not with the Eyes: Thirteen Years with Lee Alexander McQueen

Only one photographer was allowed backstage at McQueen’s shows. This is her experience for the 13 years he was at the helm of his eponymous label.

The Little Dictionary of Fashion: A Guide to Dress Sense for Every Woman

Who better to take style advice from than Christian Dior himself?

D.V.

Diana Vreeland was Anna Wintour before there was Anna Wintour.

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