Fashion is not always about the runway or the trends...nor is it always about the clothes we wear and how we style them. Fashion mirrors our society, the environment we live in, the economy, and us as individuals. Many of us want a career in fashion, but we are not always aware of what really goes down in the industry. So here are 12 books that every girl who wants a career in fashion should read.
1. How To Set Up And Run A Fashion Label by Toby Meadows
How To Set Up And Run A Fashion Label, by Toby Meadows, is the book for everyone who wants to start their own fashion label. It gives wonderful insight into how one should build a brand, the marketing aspects of it, and how to sustain it.
This book talks about how at one time, fashion used to be confined only to the fashion designer and the elite consumer. Over the years, with globalization and changes in the economy, there has been considerable change and growth in the fashion industry. Teri Agins writes about that change and how the manufacturing and consuming in fashion has changed over the years.
This helpful guide is your holy grail if you want to know about the different career choices and fields within the fashion industry. It has lots of profiles of the Who’s Who of the fashion industry, their job descriptions and gives you a sneak-peek into who really runs the fashion world.
Every girl who loves fashion and who would like to work for giants like Vogue has dreamt about being the creative director of some fashion house. This is what Grace Coddington’s memoir tells you. She tells us her story about how she went on to become the Creative Director of Vogue and became one of the biggest influencers in the industry.
For the girl to whom styling comes naturally… Do you look at a particular outfit and mentally adjust it to make it look better? If yes, then styling might be your calling...and this book is all you need to make it big in the styling world!
6. The Fashion Designer Survival Guide by Mary Gehlhar
For anyone who is interested in becoming a fashion designer, this is the book that you must get your hands on. This book will take you behind the scenes and give you an insight into how to establish a successful career as a fashion designer.
Diana Vreeland was one of the 20th century’s greatest fashion icons, and her autobiography is a must-read for anyone interested in the fashion industry. The one-time Fashion Editor of Harper’s Bazaar and Editor-In-Chief of Vogue tells us how she became the success that she was.
The founder of one the leading fashion brands - Nasty Gal - Sophia Amoruso is every girl’s inspiration. Shortly after Nasty Gal hit record-breaking sales in the US and became one of the most popular brands there, Sophia wrote #GirlBoss, which became an international bestseller. A must read for every girl with a dream!
9. The Glitter Plan by Pamela Skaist-Levy, Gela Nash-Taylor and Booth Moore
The founders of Juicy Couture were only students when they came up with a plan to make the perfect T-shirt. And there has been no stopping them since. Little did they know that their college plan would one day make them the millionaires they are now.
Elle magazine's Fashion Director, Nina Garcia, takes you through a journey of expressing yourself through style. She teaches us that fashion may come and go, but real style is eternal. This book is all you need if you want to have a top-notch styling game that will set you apart from everyone else.
This book will take you on a journey back to Paris in the 1940s and to the feminist movements that brings to us the kind of fashion we see today. It has short stories which are, above all, fun to read.
12. The Little Dictionary Of Fashion by Christian Dior
And how can we list the best fashion books without a book written by one of the biggest designers in fashion history - Dior! Christian Dior gives us amazing tips and tricks on style and timeless grace. A must read for everyone even if you have the least interest in fashion.