The Fashion Gospels: Must-Read Fashion Design Books for Professionals
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The Fashion Gospels: Must-Read Fashion Design Books for Professionals

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Fashion has never been of intellectual interest, but for a fashion enthusiast, fashion design books are like a holy grail. These books are a hub of new and old fashion ideas. Fashion design books are nothing less than a newsletter for the news all over the fashion industry. 

The clothes that we wear are an extension of such trending news that these books hold. Fashion designers and fashion followers are always on the lookout for creative ideas for their collections. Fashion design books offer so much more than just delight to a reader. You can follow new creations, upcoming fashion events, bygone fashion events, trending seasonal clothing designs, runway essentials, etc. Every fashion design book will run articles according to what it wants to sell. Fashion design books can follow a theme and print articles accordingly. The best fashion books will grab the attention of even those most uninterested in fashion.

There's a fashion book for everyone and every topic related to the fashion world, so why waste time? Let's check out some of the most irresistible fashion books.

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  1. Harper's Bazaar by Marianne Le Galliard and Éric Pujalet-Plaà

This was one of the very first fashion magazines to publish the work of Andy Warhol. This fashion book started around 152 years ago in the United States and covered the first collections of leading fashion brands. The magazine has been publishing art, fashion photography, high-end fashion societies, celebrity sightings and styles. The magazine is the journey of turning women's clothing from casuals to hot couture. Harper's Bazaar has a feature native to most countries such as India, the UK, Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, Taiwan, Hong Kong, China, Arabia, and Thailand. It has been one of the most popular fashion magazines of all time.

  1. Golden Thread: How Fabric Changed History by Kassia St. Clair: 

The history of fashion has always intrigued us. How the use of colour threads changed the course of fashion clothing, is well illustrated in the Golden Thread by St. Clair. The book sails us through how technology and the advancements of the industrial revolution redefined the future of fashion. There is a huge part of the books which not only runs us through history but also about people such as the Xiling, the Chinese princess who transported silkworms through China and invented the precious silk thread. There are texts about how the economic and social stratifications of society affected cloth making and its utilisation. If you are a fashion and history enthusiast then this book will give a beautiful insight into the cultural customs woven with technological advancements.

  1. The Little Dictionary of Fashion: 

Written by Christian Dior himself, the book holds the secrets of the perfect ways of what to buy, adorn and walk with grace for both men and women. You will find everything from a bridal dress to how to tie a scarf or a tie. The book contains so many illustrations supported by beautiful photographs for better understanding. Can be used by beginners and experts to know the tiniest details of fashion styling.

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

This is a not to miss book by sustainable fashion enthusiasts. This book is a deep insight into fast forward fashion and what has been the impact of fast fashion globally. It is a true eye-opener for fashion designers, and fashion followers will benefit from reading this book. Get clarity into thinking about sustainable, cleaner and eco-friendly ways to produce fashion clothes and innovations to reduce the global pressure of fast forward fashion trends. Read about fabric recycling methods, clean manufacturing, dyes usage and its impact on the environment, and much more.

  1. Worn in New York: 

Emily Spivack writes about the inseparable feature of clothes and our body that exists. Clothes are tangible and nothing but our memories. They reveal our culture, history, and personal traits. She writes about similar stories in New York City. She has included real-life incidents to get inspired by known personalities such as Adam Horovitz, musician member of the Beastie Boys, Alicia van Couvering, a film producer and many more. These are 68 meaningful stories from renowned personalities.

  1. The Battle of Versailles

The battle of Versailles was an immaculate battle between the top five French designers and the American fashion designers. The American designers were represented by Oscar de la Renta, Bill Blass, Anne Klein, Halston, and Stephen Burrows and the French designers were Yves Saint Laurent, Hubert de Givenchy, Pierre Cardin, Emanuel Ungaro, and Marc Bohan of Christian Dior. All these designers were the best of the best in their fields and the extravagant event was filled with an audience of international celebrities. The book has been written by Robin Givhan, a Pulitzer-Prize winning fashion journalist.

  1. The Woman I Want To Be: 
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Written by a caring mother, wife, grandmother and the most innovative and influential woman Diane Von Furstenberg, the book reflects her extraordinary life journey. She is a woman of wit and established her name in the fashion industry while fighting extraordinary life incidents. A cancer survivor, building the most established fashion brand name and territory of her own. Her life and her journey in the fashion world are an inspiration to all but most appropriate to young budding fashion designers.

  1. The One Hundred

Miss Garcia has not left any subject to discuss in the fashion world. Be it styling apparel, hats, accessories, skincare, lingerie, sunglasses or makeup, it is a handy guide to the 100 pieces every woman should have in her wardrobe in every sense. Her recommendation for long-lasting fashion aesthetics is to invest in mindful fashion statement pieces rather than hoard clothes. She talks about timeless classic clothing, which will save time and money and will be treasured as classics.

  1. The End of Fashion

Teri Agnis has been extremely truthful while writing this book about how fashion and style have been overlooked by marketing gimmicks. The book revolves around the ruthless marketing of fashion clothing which has almost ended the era of classy and mindful dressing. The era where fashion only belonged to the rich has been taken over by consumer-driven strategies. The book highlights the shift of seasonal changes and sailing amidst the high tides of manufacture, retail and licences of textile trading. 

  1. Champagne Supernovas

The book is a lucid yet smooth illustration of a decade where American Fashion became the host for artistic and cultural innovations in fashion. Written by Maureen Callahan, a former pop culture journalist, scoops inside the lives of supermodels, stylists, club kids and photographers who were a part of this supernova change.

  1. Gods and Kings: The Rise and Fall of Alexander McQueen and John Galliano

The book represents the biography of two established fashion designers. Written by Dana Thomas about Alexander Mcqueen and John Galliano. Alexander McQueen was a Scottish fashion designer and a rather accomplished one who won the British designer award. John Charles Galliano is a British designer and the face of high-end brands like Christian Dior and Givenchy.


As a young fashion artist, your journey into the fashion world may seem rather intimidating. Seeing the fashion trends one can only be scared to jump into this ocean. Fashion design books are a mirror of this beautiful world, whether or not you will be a designer or not. These books can guide many aspects of the fashion and textile world. Fashinza is a fashion apparel website for fashion designers, bloggers, manufacturers, retailers and fashion buyers from where they can get authentic information about all aspects of fashion. Check out the Fashinza website today.


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