Learning about fashion can be done not only through various websites and social media but also through books. Moreover, the discussion offered can be more in-depth. Both about the ins and outs of the fashion industry to the life journeys of the perpetrators such as designers.
In addition, most books about fashion are more popular in the fiction genre such as The Devil Wears Prada or Sex and the City. But there are many books and biographies that can be your reference source to learn more about the industry. Here, Cosmo picks five fashion books that are ready to accompany your weekend and certainly add to your knowledge!
1. The Battle of Versailles: The Night American Fashion Stumbled into the Spotlight and Made History – Robin Givhan
On November 28, 1973, a fundraising event for the restoration of the Palace of Versailles took place. A number of designers from France and the United States were invited to present their collections at the historic palace.
It may sound glamorous, but this event had a far-reaching and important impact on the US fashion industry. Robin Givhan, a Washington Post journalist and the only fashion journalist to have ever won the Pulitzer Prize, details the background of each participating designer and model, the preparations, the excitement during the event, and its impact today.
Interestingly, Givhan not only explores from the perspective of fashion history, but also from the social and political developments at that time.
2. The Beautiful Fall – Alicia Drake
Who doesn’t know Karl Lagerfeld and Yves Saint Laurent! They are two of the most influential designers in the fashion world. Alicia Drake explores the life journeys of both designers, from their careers, romances, to their rivalries.
3. Fashionopolis: The Price of Fast Fashion and the Future of Clothes – Dana Thomas
You may have been informed about the impact of fast fashion on the environment, but is there any further effort from the fashion industry to prevent and mitigate it?
Fashionopolis narrates the other side of the fashion industry that continues to innovate in terms of technology and craftsmanship. Not only as a form of adaptation to the times but also as a solution to make the fashion industry as environmentally friendly as possible.
4 How to Be Parisian Wherever You Are: Love, Style, and Bad Habits – Anne Berest , Audrey Diwan, Caroline De Maigret, dan Sophie Mas
Want a lighter read? Then this book could be an option. Forget Emily in Paris, because this book written by four Parisian women lays out a series of rules and “secrets” that are often practiced by the women of the fashion city. From fashion, dating, to staying young. Everything is packaged in a witty yet informative manner.
5. Anna: The Biography
This is one of the most talked-about books on the life and career of legendary editor Anna Wintour. Although the editor refused to be interviewed for this book, she gave her colleagues and family contacts to Amy Odell as the author. In addition to gaining insight into the personal life of the famously private Anna Wintour, you also indirectly get an overview of career strategies to be as successful as Anna Wintour.