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6 Books to Understand Fashion

If you are a fashion enthusiast or work in the area, you can indulge your quest for precious information by reading these fantastic books we curated and think might help you understand beyond what we see every day. Curiosities, history, backstage, the life of creators, and the fashion market are all subjects that will enrich your work and inspire you to create. After all, the more we know, the more we can bring things to the surface and debate putting more truth in what we pursue as fashion professionals and thus, contributing to the fashion business and world.

6 Books to Understand Fashion

1. The Chiffon Trenches: A Memoir

"During André Leon Talley’s first magazine job, alongside Andy Warhol at Interview, a fateful meeting with Karl Lagerfeld began a decades-long friendship with the enigmatic, often caustic designer.

The Chiffon Trenches offers a candid look at the who’s who of the last 50 years of fashion. At once ruthless and empathetic, this engaging memoir tells with raw honesty the story of how André not only survived the brutal style landscape but thrived - despite racism, illicit rumors, and all the other challenges of this notoriously cutthroat industry - to become one of the most renowned voices and faces in fashion."

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6 Books to Understand Fashion

2. Fashion History from the 18th to the 20th Century

"Clothes define people". A person’s attire, whether it’s a sari, kimono, or business suit, is an essential code to his or her culture, class, personality, even faith. Founded in 1978, the Kyoto Costume Institute recognizes the importance of understanding clothes from sociological, historical, and artistic perspectives. With one of the world’s most extensive clothing collections, the KCI has amassed a wide range of historical garments, underwear, shoes, and fashion accessories dating from the 18th century to the present day."