Fashionistas Unite, Read 8 Books About the Fashion Industry Now!
Books as glamorous as your wardrobe!
Fashion Industry Books
I've met plenty of people who claim not to care about fashion but that doesn't mean they can escape it. After all, we all have to wear clothes when we're out in public. However, some of us love it, and for those that do, here are books about the fashion industry you won't be able to put down!
The books range from how to start your own design business to the history of Black fashion to the way fashion has changed from luxury to cheap goods. Covering such a wide range of topics, there's definitely something that will interest every fashionista!
So make yourself a cup of tea, put on your comfy pants, and kick back with one of incredible books about fashion!
1. The End of Fashion: The Mass Marketing of the Clothing Business Forever by Teri Agins
Once, fashion was something only accessible to the rich and elite. In her book The End of Fashion: The Mass Marketing of the Clothing Business Forever, reporter Teri Agins' dives into how fashion has changed from from a luxury to a mass production spectacle.
2. Dressed in Dreams: A Black Girl's Love Letter to the Power of Fashion by Tanisha C. Ford
Named a 2019 must-read by Essence and Bitch, Tanisha C. Ford's Dressed in Dreams: A Black Girl's Love Letter to the Power of Fashion is one-part memoir and one-part look at Black fashion in the U.S. Ford grew up in the rustbelt and experimented with fashion a lot growing up, ultimately leading to her research into everything from the evolution of Black fashion to the appropriation of Black fashion by mainstream fashion.
3. Tim Gunn's Fashion Bible: The Fascinating History of Everything in Your Closet by Tim Gunn and Ada Calhoun
From togas to corsets to basketball shorts, clothes have always been part of our lives. In Tim Gunn's Fashion Bible: The Fascinating History of Everything in Your Closet by Tim Gunn and Ada Calhoun, Gunn reveals the interesting history of garments that include "Cleopatra's crown to Helen of Troy's sandals, from Queen Victoria's corset to Madonna's cone bra, Dynasty's power suits to Hillary Clinton's pantsuits."
4. Women in Clothes
Women in Clothes started out as just a survey in which editor created a list of fifty questions intended to make them think about their style. Writers, artists, and activists such as Roxane Gay, Tavi Gevinson, and Kalpona Akter responded with "photographs, interviews, personal testimonies, and illustrations" and how they reflect our habits, values, confidence, and bonds.
5. A Queer History of Fashion: From the Closet to the Catwalk by Jonathan D. Katz
There's a reason fashion has long been associated with the LGBTQ community. Many of the greatest designers have been part of the community, and queer people have always been at the forefront of fashion. In A Queer History of Fashion: From the Closet to the Catwalk, Jonathan D. Katz discusses "fashion through a queer lens, examining high fashion as a site of gay cultural production." Both queer history and fashion scholars contribute to the book.
6. The Sustainable Fashion Handbook by Sandy Black
Sandy Black's The Sustainable Fashion Handbook digs into the impact fashion has on the environment and the amount of waste it produces. However, it also discusses the social impact of an industry that, from manufacturing to agriculture, employs more than forty million people around the world. Essays are from a variety of different perspectives, including designers, academics, environmentalists, journalists, and artists, presenting a wonderful overview of sustainable fashion.
7. Overdressed: The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion by Elizabeth L. Cline
In the United States, fashion has changed from luxury into cheap fashion sold everywhere from department stores to big-box stores to thousands of online stores. Because fashion is so fast and cheap, most people don't bother repairing clothes and just buy new ones instead, especially when new styles are released. In Overdressed: The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion, Elizabeth L. Cline researches the way fashion has changed and the impact his has on society, the environment, and "our economic well-being."
8. The Fashion Designer Survival Guide: Start and Run Your Own Fashion Business by Mary Gehlhar
Fashion consultant Mary Gehlhar brings budding fashion designers The Fashion Designer Survival Guide: Start and Run Your Own Fashion Business. The tome is a provides insight and important information on creating and sustaining a business and career as a designer. A few things in the book include how to make a business plan, figuring how much money you need, marketing and branding, producing a great runway show, and so much more!
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