The fashion industry is definitely a place where the outlandish and the chic lie together in harmony. It is home to some of the most creative pioneers, innovative, mysterious and wonderful personalities that have become icons for those who love this world. These are the individuals who not only turned the industry on its head but also become inspirations for many,
If you’re curious to know more about fashion and style and the people who have helped shape the way we wear them, keep reading.
Here, we list 6 stylish page-turners by industry experts who have used fashion to express more than just style. Through words by these icons, learning what goes on behind the glitz and allure of the business is absolutely breathtaking if you’re a style nerd.
‘Grace: A Memoir’ by Grace Coddington
Creative director of Vogue, Grace Coddington’s exceptional talent and intense commitment to her work has made her an international icon. In this memoir, Grace creatively narrates her life so far, taking us through the turns her career took, giving us insights into her life and how she got where she is. As a woman who has come to define the height of fashion, this beautiful novel by her is a must-read for anyone who is curious about what goes on behind the scenes of a fashion magazine.
‘Tales From The Back Row’ by Amy Odell
Another insider taking us behind the workings of fashion magazines is this book by Amy Odell, editor of Cosmopolitan. While being a really educating book about how to get your foot into the fashion industry and work your way to the top, it is also an extremely funny and witty book.
‘Love Style Life’ by Garance Doré
This charming book by photographer, illustrator and blogger, Garance Doré, is a memoir, style guide and a compilation of her past work. Celebrating her career, she thoughtfully writes chapters on how to look good, the importance of ‘thank you’ notes and everything in between leaving no stone unturned. This book is a light read but very interesting, and it sure will add a particular charm to your bookshelf.
‘I’ll Drink To That: A Life In Style, With A Twist’ by Betty Halbreich
A believer in finding one’s true self through style, Betty Halbreich proves that she is a true original. Authentic, pure, hardworking, dignified, and most of all funny, Betty has never been afraid to tell it straight. And this shows in the honesty and details of her book. From talking about her personal life to all her work and her opinions on the modern world, this book is inspiring and amusing. We definitely drink to this!
‘The Woman I Wanted To Be’ by Diane Von Furstenberg
Having only one idea of the kind of woman she wants to be, Diane von Furstenberg has established herself as a global brand and a major force in the fashion industry. In The Woman I Wanted to Be, she reveals nuances of her extraordinary life from her childhood and her days as a young girl creating the dress that came to symbolize freedom and power of women.
Not only will this book give you a fresh perspective on the industry, but is also a truly inspiring novel for every woman to read.
‘Rare Bird Of Fashion: The Irreverent Iris Apfel’ by Eric Boman
Is there anyone who is not obsessed with 97-year-old Iris Apfel, the unique style icon who combines styles, colours, textures, and patterns without the concern of time, provenance, or aesthetic customs.
The book is a collection of beautiful photographs of Iris snapped by Eric Boman with descriptions about her outfits and it also includes an essay by Apfel herself, describing her lifelong love affair with style.