In any industry, it is important to be knowledgeable about what went on in the past, what is going on now, and what will happen in the future. Yet in the fashion industry, being knowledgeable about the past, present, and future of the industry is even more important.
When entering in the job market, you are expected to know historical fashion icons and designers, how the industry works today and who the major players are, and have an idea of where the industry is headed. One of the best ways to brush up on your fashion history and current ways is through fashion books. There are so many out there, especially ones written by renowed figures in the industry, such as Tim Gunn, Nina Garcia, and Rachel Zoe.
Here are some helpful and interesting books read and recommended by our bloggers:
In Fashion: From Retail to the Runway, Everything You Need to Know to Break Into the Fashion Industry by Annemarie Iverson. Former beauty and fashion news director of Harper’s Bazaar and editor in chief of Seventeen, Annemarie Iverson has put together a book that will help you determine your best fashion career fit while providing a bird’s eye view into the most elite fashion companies. Along the way, you’ll learn what school may be best for you, as well as how to write a chic resume, handle the pressures of a fast-paced environment, hone your skills to make you a success in your ideal job, and more.
Fashion Inside Out: Daniel V’s Guide to How Style Happens from Inspiration to Runway and Beyond by Daniel Vosovic. Project Runway finalist Daniel Vosovic reveals exactly how designers make dreams become fashion reality. Vosovic gives a detailed overview of the design process, plus insightful advice on connecting with the right people, promoting and selling, and more. Fashion Inside Out includes advice from dozens of other industry professionals, including prominent magazine editors, photographers, stylists, and fashionistas from around the globe.
Icons of Fashion: The 20th Century by Gerda Buxbaum. This best-selling book is an opulent and absorbing overview of the fashion world throughout the twentieth century. From Coco Chanel to Christian Dior, Kenzo to Versace, grunge to haute couture, every period and major name in twentieth-century fashion is included in this comprehensive collection of photographs, drawings, and fascinating historical text.
The Style Strategy: A Less-Is-More Approach to Staying Chic and Shopping Smart by Nina Garcia. Perfect for the college student, Nina shows women how to keep oneself looking stylish and chic while saving money in The Style Strategy. According to Nina, answering the questions “What do I have? What do I need? What do I want?” honestly before making any purchase helps to eliminate unnecessary spending. The book also addresses how to maximize what you have through maintenance, ingenuity, and creative style choices. Throughout the book are interesting facts about fashion-forward women and incredibly fun illustrations by Ruben Toledo.
Images and synopses are courtesy of Barnes & Noble.