4 New Fashion Books Every Fashionista Should Read This Fall

by Gio

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I don’t just love playing with clothes. I love reading about them too. And the people who design them. And those who write about them. And the poor folks who’ve been killed by them. Yes, there’s a book about that too. It’s called Fashion Victims, and it’s morbidly fascinating.

It’s just one of the fashion books that hits the shelves this fall. Here’s what else you should check out:

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Alexander McQueen: Blood Beneath The Skin by Andrew Wilson

I didn’t appreciate Alexander McQueen when he was alive (wasn’t into fashion back then), but now I’m obsessed with his work. He was a genius. A revolutionary. A kind but tormented soul that fought to make it in a ruthless industry that eventually destroyed him.

In Alexander McQueen: Blood Beneath The Skin, Andrew Wilson paints a true, honest portrait of the late designer. With the help of McQueen’s friends and family, Wilson delves into his humble beginnings as the son of an East End taxi driver, his rise to fame and the pressures that go along with it, which led to his dependance on drugs, and his struggle to find true love with a string of boyfriends.

Wilson also examines the relationship between Mcqueen’s inner demons and his dark work, dispels common myths about the designer, and offers new insights into a genius that left us too soon. If you’re a McQueen fan too, or simply into fashion, you must pick up a copy.

Available at: Amazon UK and Amazon US

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Fashion Is Spinach: How To Beat The Fashion Racket

Not all great designers get the recognition they deserve. Elizabeth Hawes is mostly forgotten today, but she created one of the first American design houses in Depression-era New York. She was also a ruthless critic of fashion and its ready made styles. To Elizabeth, fashion existed only to perpetuate sales with its ever-changing, short-lived fads. Style, instead, reflected an era’s mood, and changed only when the attitudes and beliefs of a society changed.

Fashion Is Spinach is her autobiography. In it, she traces her entire career in the industry, from her beginnings as a stylist in Paris to her designer days in America. She offers us an insider’s view of how the fashion industry worked back then (although a lot is still probably true today), with its nasty practices, dubious ethics, and fickle culture.

But what makes Fashion Is Spinach so compelling is the writing style. Hawes is witty, sarcastic, and doesn’t beat around the bush. She always tells it like it is, and always makes you both laugh and think. At the same time. You’ll devour it. I did.

Available at: Amazon US

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Tales From The Back Row: An Outsider’s View From Inside The Fashion Industry by Amy Odell

What’s it like being a young woman working in the fashion world? Amy Odell, editor of Cosmopolitan, spills the beans in Tales From The Back Row. She shares her encounters with celebrities, fashion gods, and gurus such as Sarah Jessica Parker and Karl Lagerfield, career advice, fun and embarrassing fashion anecdotes and her opinions about the fickle world of fashion.

Each chapter focuses on different sectors and personalities in the industry, such as celebrities, models, and even bloggers. They all provide interesting insights into the fashion world today and juicy tidbits about its protagonists. Cos that’s what we really want in the end, isn’t it?

Odell writes in her signature style: fun and witty. Makes the book flows so easily. If you need a light read for your commute to work or your upcoming holiday, give this one a go. You won’t be disappointed.

Available at: Amazon

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Fashion Victims: The Dangers Of Dress Past And Present by Alison Matthews-David

We think of drop dead gorgeous clothes as deadly only for our wallets. But they can kill. And have. Many times since the beginning of time. From hats laced in mercury to entangled scarves and easily inflammable fabric Matthews-David reveals the darkest side of fashion.

A dark side that’s still alive today. We may have safer dies, but clothes can still kill us. Do you know that too many doctors don’t wash their clothes often enough, carrying dangerous bacteria and virus on them every time they visit their patients? Or that an unsafe cocktail of chemicals is released into the water every time a pair of jeans is made? Scary stuff.

Half-terrifying, half-fascinating, Fashion Victims is an eye-opener. Some of you may find it difficult to get through it because it’s written in an academic (although accessible) style, but it’s worth a try. If it helps, it’s beautifully illustrated too.

Available at: Amazon UK and Amazon US

What are your favourite fashion books? Are you reading any at the moment?

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8 comments

Marina (Makeup4all) October 15, 2015 - 2:24 pm

Interesting selection. I’d love to read that book about McQueen. Speaking of fashion, I am really enjoying Alexa Chung series on Vogue UK YouTube.

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Gio October 15, 2015 - 6:22 pm

Marina, do pick it up. You’ll love it.

I haven’t see than one yet, but it’s on my to-watch list. 🙂

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Janessa October 16, 2015 - 5:12 pm

You just love to read in general! 😀 I’m going to refer to these books when I want to look into fashion books. 😀

I’m so glad I don’t live in the Victorian Era… from their clothes to their makeup… to their marriages.

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Gio October 16, 2015 - 5:28 pm

Janessa, guilty as charged! You know me so well lol.

It seems such a romantic era, but when you dig deeper, it was so dangerous!

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BebeTaian October 18, 2015 - 1:31 am

!! I always love your posts on books because it gives me something to look for at the library. Actually, the “Fashion Victims” book is on sale at Amazon now! I’m not actually into the fashion world at all. I just… don’t get it.

Funnily enough, some famous haircutter from New York a number of years ago approached me here in Florida to ask how I’d gotten my hair a certain way, and who down here did the job for me. ??? I had no idea who they were, but apparently they were some big name. But they insisted… Hnnn? It’s a home dye job that didn’t come out well, and then I just didn’t have the money to touch it up for like six months, so the natural blonde grew out. Pale-to-dark “Ombre” was apparently an Up-and-Coming Thing that I didn’t know about. She seemed shocked. I was totally confused. Since when did anything I do become a trend? I was known for basically being ugly and weird. So the fashion world is just… mysterious and chaotic, like a kindergartner attending a college-level logarithm class. And 15 years later, I still have no clue what’s going on. “Why is this person wearing three sets of sunglasses? Indoors? is… is that dress… made of 6-pack rings and metallic tulle? … I hope to god that thing on his head isn’t made from a real fox…” who the heck knows the mind of a designer, right?

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Gio October 18, 2015 - 5:47 am

Bebetain, lol. Who the hell knows the mind of a designer indeed. Half the thing that happen in fashion confuse me too. That’s why I read books about them lol! Trends come and go so quickly, you can definitely find yourself wearing one without even realising it. At least you didn’t spend a ton of money for it just because it was the fashionable thing to do.

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H April 26, 2016 - 4:49 am

What do ya mean by saying,”Mcqueen’s inner demons and dark work”? That sounds creepy.

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Gio April 26, 2016 - 8:54 pm

H, a lot of his work can be considered creepy. He had a difficult life, and his aesthetic was very dark.

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