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Top 12 Fashion Books for Fashion Students and Fans

From pupils to connoisseurs, these top 12 fashion books are must-reads for anyone looking to get acquainted with the fashion industry.

The 12 Most Valuable Fashion Books to Read

Below are the best fashion books to read for school, work, or just for fun. These top fashion books are for anyone who’s searching for an inside look into the world of prevailing taste.

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#1 Grace: A Memoir – Grace Coddington

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A dedicated and fierce director of Vogue, Grace Coddington is an international fashion icon. Let her introduce you to every inch of the fashion trade, from her early career to her abiding relationship with Anna Wintour.

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#2 D.V. – Diana Vreeland

A passionate and charming force that inspired the fashion world for fifty years, Diana Vreeland reveals her obsession with high fashion in her genius autobiography. A fabulous and witty read.

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#4 Culture to Catwalk – Kristin Knox

A look into both traditional and street-style clothing from 38 different countries around the world. Go back to the roots of the fashion industry and discover how what’s worn on the streets influences what stalks the catwalk.

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#6 Champagne Supernovas – Maureen Callahan

The well-told history of the 1990’s icons Kate Moss, Marc Jacobs, and Alexander McQueen. Callahan provides a front-row look as to how this rebellious trio forever change the world of fashion in spite of themselves.

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#8 Women in Clothes – Heidi Julavits, Leanne Shapton & Sheila Heti

Join the conversation between hundreds of diverse women about how the garments we choose shape our lives. Women in Clothes embraces the complexity of women’s style and the impulses that influence our daily task of getting dressed.

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#10 I’ll Drink to That – Betty Halbreich and Rebecca Paley

A legend in the personal shopping world, Betty Halbreich talks about her forty years working with Bergdorf Goodman and how she reclaimed herself by helping others find their true selves through their clothing.

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#11 The Fashion Book – Editors of Phaidon

Spanning almost 200 years, The Fashion Book is a massive encyclopedia of profile designers, photographers, style icons, models, and retailers. This holy grail of fashion references is a true representation of the fashion industry in its entirety.

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#12 #GirlBoss – Sophie Amoruso

From dumpster diving to starting one of the fastest-growing retailers in the world, Amoruso writes for the misfits looking to find their place in the world. The perfect read for any fashion entrepreneur looking for advice on how to trust your gut and follow your instincts.

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