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 10 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.
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Before there were sites like Who What Wear, there was this book, which provides timeless style tips on everything from wedding to travel attire.
Learn how the inimitable DVF went from life as a globetrotting princess to singlehandedly changing the way women dress (and empowering them, to boot).
Discover just how important the role of editor has been in fashion with this tome that studies the work Vogue's legendary editors in chief, including Polly Allen Mellen and Grace Coddington.
Agins explores how fashion went from being an elitist industry to one that caters to the mass market, and shares plenty of juicy industry anecdotes along the way.
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!
Acquaint yourself with the woman once considered to be "the queen of fashion." Elsa Shiaparelli was even more popular than Coco Chanel in her heyday and is credited with more designer "firsts" than you can count.
Thomas traces how two of fashion's anti-establishment critical darlings fell from grace due to the extreme pressures of the industry.
Renowned Vogue editor Grace Coddington gives a witty glimpse into her world, from her early career as a model to working with Anna Wintour today.
Drake unpacks the glamorous fashion world of 1970s Paris and focuses on one of its greatest rivalries: Karl Lagerfeld versus Yves Saint Laurent.
Get to know one of fashion's most famous editors, Diana Vreeland, on a personal level as she recalls her many adventures with this dazzling autobiography.
Do you have any favorite fashion books? Let us know in the comments!