Fashion Books: Today’s Trends, Yesteryear’s Legends

There are several types of fashion books available today for every variety of interest in the fashion industry.

General fashion books fall into a few categories. There is the educational type, which will expand your fashion references and analyze design. This is perfect if you have an interest in the industry or dabble in design yourself.

Books on the marketing and advertising side of the fashion industry can also be of interest for the more business-minded or if you’re an entrepreneurial type with dreams of starting your own clothing company.

Other general fashion books are more consumer-oriented and will show you styles that are currently “in”. Some can serve as shopping manuals for picking out great pieces to start your wardrobe in a more stylish direction or enhance the wardrobe you’ve already got. Manuals of style can also help you pull it all together.

Books written by or about classic fashion designers like Halston, Cristian LaCroix and Coco Chanel or more contemporary designers like John Galliano, Jean-Paul Gautier not only give you a better feel for the iconic designs of these gifted artists but also insight into their personalities, backgrounds, education and fashion point of view.

Historical fashion books can be great fun and document the evolution of fashion from romantic and even more eccentric eras. Understanding the history of fashion often explains today’s trends–what’s old is definitely new again! Also, books on historical types of fashion design, like couture, are wonderful to learn about workmanship from the past that is so rare today.

Fashion fiction is a relatively new fashion book genre perfect for light summer reading and enjoyable for anyone who’s a serious fashionista–or just a fashion tourist–at heart. Whatever your level of interest in the fashion industry, there’s a book to satisfy your curiosity and certainly one that will do it with style.