Fashion Books Worth Reading

In this day and age fashion content is available online at an ever-increasing rate. Runway shows are streamed live and look books are often shared online first. However, the printed fashion biographies and reference books are often fantastic tools for inspiration as well.

Today I'm going to share with you four of my favourite fashion texts. These are great for the coffee table and to flick through for reference points. They all of course make for interesting reading as well.

Tim Walker Pictures, $110.21. Reading Tim Walker Pictures is like falling down the rabbit hole into Wonderland and being rewarded for the experience. The book is HUGE, which is no surprise given the demand for Walker's talent. It contains his personal photographs, scrapbook pages and of course his editorial work in particular for British Vogue and Vogue Italia. The majority of images are captioned by Tim with descriptions of how his compositions came to be and what inspired his ideas. 

If you're a fan of Tim Walker's whimsical images then this book is worth investing in. While it may be a little on the pricy side it has been worthwhile for me as I often go back to it for references and am always discovering something new each time I read it.

Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty, $64.36. When Lee Alexander McQueen passed away in 2010, a crater-sized hole was left in the heart of the fashion world. This book was published in conjunction with the Metropolitan Museum of Art last year. With no definitive plans for this exhibition to travel internationally, this book is an even rarer gem for the many fans that couldn't get to New York to see his work in person.

There are hundreds of colour images of the garments featured in the exhibition which perfectly capture the stunning beauty in the ugliness McQueen sought to convey through his work. Along with essays, quotes by McQueen himself about his collections & an interview with Sarah Burton, very few stones are left unturned.

This book is perfect for fans of the late designer, anyone with interests in art, design or fashion & even those merely seeking creative inspiration. Read it & be inspired.

Influence by Mary-Kate Olsen & Ashley Olsen, $23.10. This book features interviews with both of the Olsen Sisters and of course in-depth access to personal mementoes from their lives and favourite pieces from their wardrobes. There are also extensive interviews with people who have inspired the girls throughout their lives including the likes of Karl Lagerfeld, Lauren Hutton & more. 

Influence is a must-have if you're a fan of the Olsen twins or perhaps want something a little insightful to read.

Front Row Anna Wintour-The Cool Life & Hot Times of Vogue's Editor In Chief, $19.42. One thing to note is that this is an unauthorised biography but don't disregard it just because of that! Jerry Oppenheimer provides an incredibly detailed tome on Anna Wintour. Her pre-Vogue life is covered as well of course as her time at Vogue. 

This book is incredibly well written & is an extremely interesting read. Now if only Anna Wintour would write her own memoirs. One day....

*All books are available here except for Influence which can be found Amazon.
*All pricing is in New Zealand dollars except Influence which is USD.

-This post was guest written by Nana Wintour of  Nana Wintour blog. Nana Wintour is a second year University student. She loves Fashion & Musical Theatre & is never without a notebook, pen & camera by her side.

1 comment:

Maria Camila said...

Oh I might just have to check these out, Thank you! Oh and i'm so loving your magazine.