A selection of books perfect for your spring reading on the history of fashion and the main players who’ve shaped the industry.
One of the things I enjoy most about sunny afternoons is being able to sit down and read while having some tea and enjoying a moment of self-care. In this post, I’ll share what books are on my coffee table and what I’ll be taking with me on Spring Break. What are you going to read next?
- By André León Talley
With a fashion career spanning over 40 years, Talley saw and experienced the fashionista universe in a whole new way. The late former editor of Vogue US recounts triumphs, traumas and working relationships as he makes his way in the fashion industry. This revealing memoir also addresses the racial barriers that Talley faced as a person of color and other issues like weight and even sexuality in the industry. It also goes deep on loyalty in circles and friends within fashion.
- By Julia Zirpel y Fiona Hayes
The world of fashion is creative, expressive, impressive and always moving fast. The Fashion Yearbook 2022 is a beautifully illustrated book showcasing the best campaigns and photos from the international fashion scene in 2021. A jury of international experts including the likes of Donald Schneider (former art director of French Vogue and the creative mind behind designer collaborations with H&M) and Masha Fedorova (former editor-in-chief of Vogue and Glamor Russia), has selected the best editorials, covers and campaigns to appear in this must-have edition. It also talks about the creative people behind the campaigns, like photographers, stylists, models and make-up artists.
- By Órsola de Castro
Quality or quantity? That is the question. De Castro, co-founder of the UK-based Fashion Revolution, highlights sustainable shopping and buying only what you really love. Longevity is key, so being able to distinguish fabrics and production techniques is a must. She also provides practical advice, such as detailed care instructions for reviving clothing and returning garments to a like-new condition. This book helps to eradicate the idea that clothes are disposable and focuses on the idea of being able to repair them and extend their life. Mother Earth will thank you for your environmental action (and your finances will thank you as well).
- By Bonnie English and Nazanin Hedayat Munroe
Just as the clothing we wear can communicate our personality and how we want to be perceived, fashion can reflect the politics and concerns of the society that produced it. This book provides a cultural history of western fashion through the relationships between haute couture and ready-to-wear designer fashion. It shows the role of popular culture, big business, high-tech production, and social and traditional networks, exploring the interdisciplinary nature of fashion and the parallel evolutions of clothing design and other visual arts over the past 150 years.
A new edition has just been released that includes more information on the lead up to World War I. There is also a new chapter on technology and smart textiles, exploring the work of Hussein Chalayan and Iris Van Herpen, among others, and much broader information on the role of sustainability in the contemporary fashion industry, including production of biosynthetic textiles and the use of vegan leather by Stella McCartney. Don’t miss it!