The 25 Best Fashion Books to Read: Alexander McQueen, Prada, Kate Spade


The 25 Best Fashion Books to Read: Alexander McQueen, Prada, Kate Spade +2023

Dapper Dan: Made in Harlem: A Memoir by Daniel R Day

Dapper Dan: Made in Harlem: A Memoir Hardcover by Daniel R. Day

With his world-famous store on Harlem’s 125th Street, Daniel R. Day, better known as Dapper Dan, pioneered the path that gave way to the modern high-end streetwear movement. As is often the case with color creatives, his contributions to high fashion were largely overlooked by industry insiders until Gucci paid tribute to one of his original designs in a recent collection and later collaborated with Day on an entire line. Day’s memoir takes readers back to the years before he dressed hip-hop’s biggest stars to tell his remarkable life story.

A Man Visible: A Memoir by Edward Enninful

A Man Visible: A Memoir by Edward Enninful

Edward Enninful made fashion editorial history when he became British Vogue’s first black Editor-in-Chief, and he continues to push the boundaries on the covers and within the pages of the industry’s most coveted legacy brand. A Visible Man traces his journey into one of the world’s most exclusive industries. Edward tells how, as a working class black gay refugee, he found not only a home in fashion but also the freedom to share the world as he saw it with people.

Peter Lindbergh: Another History of Fashion by Thierry Maxime Loriot

Bags Peter Lindbergh: Another Fashion History

This elegant hardcover from Taschen Verlag tells the story of fashion photographer Peter Lindbergh through page after page of his most revered black and white work. Commentary from his frequent collaborators (including Jean Paul Gaultier, Cindy Crawford, and Anna Wintour) is interspersed throughout, lending an even deeper meaning to Lindbergh’s thought-provoking images.

Dressing the Resistance: The Visual Language of Protest Through the Story of Camille Benda

Dressing the Resistance: The Visual Language of Protest Through the Story of Camilee Benda

We should all understand by now that clothes are not only Dress. Dress the Resistance is a celebration of how we use clothing, fashion and costume to spark activism and drive social change. Costume designer and clothing historian Camille Benda analyzes cultural movements and the clothing that defined them through over 150 archival images, photographs and paintings that bring to life the history of activism, from ancient Roman rebellions to the #MeToo movement, from punk 20th-century subcultures to Black Lives Matter marches.

Louis Vuitton: Virgil Abloh

Louis Vuitton: Virgil Abloh

If you want a glimpse into Virgil Abloh’s world of Louis Vuitton, then this is your chance. The latest addition to the Classics Collection, Louis Vuitton: Virgil Abloh, honoring the designer’s boundless creativity on and off the runway. The book features some of the biggest fashion moments in the late designer’s career and personal reflections from Abloh’s close circle, including Nigo, Naomi Campbell, Luka Sabbat, Kendall Jenner and Kid Cudi.

Best Fashion Book for Decor: Little Book of Prada by Graves Laia Farran Graves

Little Book of Prada: The Story of the Legendary Fashion House

That Little book by Prada is a pocket-sized and beautifully illustrated story of the iconic fashion house. Understated elegance and luxury, technologically advanced fabrics and sublime originality of design are all hallmarks of the House of Prada.

Best Fashion Book for the Coffee Table: Supreme Models: Iconic Black Women Who Revolutionized Fashion by Marcellas Reynolds

Supreme Models: Iconic black women who revolutionized fashion

Looking for a book that explores the epic history of black models in the fashion world? then Supreme models will be the one The book pays homage to black models of the past and present: from the first to appear in catalogs and magazine covers, like Iman, Beverly Johnson and Donyale Luna, to the supermodels who reigned in the ’90s – Tyra Banks and Naomi Campbell. If learning the basics of early runways is on your to-do list, look no further.

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