Thursday, October 10, 2013

10 Must-Have Fashion Books for Fall

I've often wished I could go back in time and go clothes shopping, especially to the 1960s and '70s to snatch up great-looking coats, pants in many patterns, an assortment of mini dresses, and much more. The next best thing is to read about the fashion of that period - biographies and autobiographies on the top designers and models, coffee table books on now legendary boutiques - and daydream.
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Among my favorite books on fashion are Diane: A Signature Life, in which the designer of the iconic wrap dress recounts her incredible adventures along the route to sucess; Ossie Clark 1965/1974 by Judith Watt, which offers a tantalizing peek into the life of the designer who was seemingly at the center of everything and created fashions for Mick Jagger; Boutique: A '60s Cultural Phenomenon by Marnie Fogg, which documents - with many rare photographs - the rise of the boutique and its continuing effect of making hip fashion affordable for everyone; and Height of Fashion by Amy Spindler et al., an entertaining collection of private photographs of people from varied backgrounds, showing them when they were at their fashionable peak (with great commentary from the people in the photos). Still on my "To Buy" list is Grace: A Memoir, from Grace Coddington, the creative director at Vogue magazine who completely stole the show from editor-in-chief Anna Wintour in the 2009 documentary The September Issue.

I had, and thoroughly enjoyed, this book as a kid.
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Lucky Magazine has 10 more picks for excellent reads on the topic of fashion, including, of course, The Devil Wears Prada: A Novel by Lauren Weisberger; Shocking Life, the autobiography of designer Elsa Schiaparelli; The Sartorialist: Closer by Scott Schuman, a photography book of street fashion covered by Schuman in his blog; and The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins by Dr. Seuss, which I had as a kid and which totally captivated me.

To see all of Lucky Magazine's selections for "Fashion Books No Stylish Library Should Be Without," go to THIS LINK.

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