Books to Spark Your Interests Related to Fashion

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Are you a bookworm or really passionate about fashion? Why not stay up to date with the fashion industry with these suggestions.

The fashion industry encompasses a large arena of disciplines and jobs. The list will include recommendations for aspiring designers, fashion historians, and entrepreneurs.

Starting off with books!

For those interested in starting a business in the fashion industry….

“The Fashion Designer Survival Guide” by Mary Gehlhar

“The End of Fashion: How Marketing Changed the Clothing Business Forever” by Teri Agins

Fashionpedia – The Visual Dictionary Of Fashion Design by Fashionary

The Little Dictionary of Fashion by Christian Dior

Inside Haute Couture: Behind the Scenes at the Paris Ateliers by Désirée Sadek

Learn about the great designers!

“Gods and Kings” by Dana Thomas

“The Beautiful Fall: Lagerfeld, Saint Laurent, and Glorious Excess in 1970s Paris” by Alicia Drake

“Dior by Dior: The Autobiography of Christian Dior” by Christian Dior

Iris Apfel: Accidental icon

Take a trip to the past! Learn about the historical background of clothes and their influences…

Costume and Fashion: A Concise History (World of Art) by James Laver

Fashion, New Edition: The Definitive Visual Guide by the Smithsonian Institute

Corsets and Codpieces: A History of Outrageous Fashion, from Roman Times to the Modern Era by Karen Bowman

Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty by Andrew Bolton

Fashion Victims: The Dangers of Dress Past and Present by Alison Matthews David

Camp: Notes on Fashion by Andrew Bolton

How to Read a Dress: A Guide to Changing Fashion from the 16th to the 20th Century  by Lydia Edwards

Dress Codes: How the Laws of Fashion Made History by Richard Thompson Ford

Want to challenge your brain? These writings discuss current issues in the fashion industry.

“Hijacking the Runway: How Celebrities Are Stealing the Spotlight From Designers” by Teri Agins

“Overdressed: The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion” by Elizabeth L. Cline

“Deluxe: How Luxury Lost Its Luster” by Dana Thomas

Fashionopolis: The Price of Fast Fashion and the Future of Clothes by Dana Thomas

The New Black Vanguard: Photography Between Art and Fashion by Antwaun Sargent

Many of these books are available on Amazon or Thriftbooks if you copy and paste the titles as they appear in the post. However, many of these books are also sold through smaller publishers and writers. Please consider purchasing the book through local, independent book stores, or the writer directly if possible. If you currently own a book mentioned in the post, comment below what you thought about it! Add your suggestions to the list in the comments. If you feel that a book should be added to the list contact us at

Happy reading!

Written by Kayla Nelson