Top 10 Fashion Books For the Style Lovers

If you like shopping for new styles or you want to delve into the history of fashion, we have lots of books to advise and inform you. And, with all fashion icons covered, from Chanel to Lady Gaga, you'll find loads of inspiration and ideas for your own outfits. Whether you're a self-confessed fashion fanatic or just starting to explore a new look, you'll enjoy taking a look through our best fashion books for style lovers.

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1. The Dress

Megan Hess

This illustrated fashion must-read takes you through 100 dresses that changed the fashion industry. From Lady Gaga's controversial meat dress to Princess Diana's wedding gown to the old Hollywood styles of Marilyn Monroe and Audrey Hepburn, this book captures all the most prominent fashion moments from recent times. If you love fashion and want to look back over all the classic looks in one easy-to-read guide then this book is definitely for you.

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2. Vogue on: Coco Chanel

Bronwyn Cosgrave

This brilliant book all about Coco Chanel's incredible ideas and influence over the fashion industry is brought to you by Vogue, the leaders in fashion journalism. In Coco's career she introduced new materials and styles that are still used today, including the ever-popular 'little black dress' which has become a wardrobe staple for women everywhere for over 90 years. Track Coco's amazing work in this beautiful book paired with photos from some of the best photographers of her time.

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3. The Sartorialist: X

Scott Schuman

Scott Schuman's blog,, has been gripping fashion fans everywhere with his clever ideas about street-style. In The Sartorialist: X, Scott shows you a range of photos of people who he thinks are getting fashion right. Discover for yourself what interesting new looks Scott presents in this stunning book packed with fashion inspiration and urban styles.

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4. The Fashion Resource Book

Robert Leach

Combining interviews with contemporary designers and professors in fashion education, Robert Leach introduces you to the importance of research in creating new fashion styles. The book also includes an illustrated profile of the most important themes of fashion so you can learn how best to research fashion yourself and become your own style expert.

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5. British Fashion Designers

Hywel Davies

This little book features chapters on the top British fashion designers and how their Britishness impacted their work. Some of the designers included are Alexander McQueen, Vivienne Westwood, Stella McCartney and Giles Deacon. Explore their process work, final collections and more in this fun book and be proud to be a British fashion fan.

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6. Fashion and Music

Janice Miller

This interesting and unique book chronicles the link between the fashion and music industries and observes how one influences the other. With a range of examples covered, reaching back over years of fashion and music history, this fascinating exploration of fandoms and musicians and how they have affected fashion will provide some very interesting reading.

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7. It

Alexa Chung

Style icon, Alexa Chung, reveals all her influences in this brilliant book for all fashion fans. Alexa also discusses how to get dressed in the morning and the art behind taking the perfect selfie. Full of photos from nights out and ideas for outfit inspiration, you'll love both Alexa's tips on life advice and adore all her fashion and style ideas. Check out the book from the UK's best fashionistas.

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8. How to Win at Shopping

David Zyla and Eila Mell

Whether you love or loathe clothes shopping, there is loads of advice for you in this handy book on saving money and time when heading out on your shopping trips. David Zyla and Eila Mell are both fashion experts and their book is packed with terrific tips, including what items always look good and why you should always a take a seat when trying on new clothes. With ideas and advice for all types of shopping, from online to thrift stores, David and Eila are determined to help you up your fashion game.

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9. Dress You Up

Rosy Nicholas

If you like having the chance to have more control over the items in your wardrobe or fancy trying your hand at being your own designer then this is the book for you. Rosy Nicholas is on a mission to help you turn your basic household items into the best fashion accessories. Great for fashionistas and craft fans alike, this fun little book will never leave you at a lost for ideas.

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10. The Fashion Book

Alice Mackrell

This trendy guide details the history of the fashion industry over the last 200 years and shines a light on all the groups of people that have made fashion what it is. From the designers to the icons to the retailers to the photographers and educators, no part or role is overlooked in this comprehensive fashion book.

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    Full of 30 simple accessories to make and wear, Rosy Nicholas' Dress You Up is a book that shows you how to use everyday household items in an attempt to jazz up your wardrobe.

    A thrifty book for anyone who likes to make their own fashion accessories, it will show you how you can revamp your shoes, make paper and flower crowns and create colourful bangles and pom-pom rings.

    Good for beginners and experienced crafters, the projects use a range of hand-made techniques and the projects are accompanied by colourful illustrations and step-by-step photography.
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    Alexa Chung's IT: the Top Ten Bestseller from the international fashion muse and Vogue contributing editor. Now a Penguin paperback, this one-off collection of Alexa Chung's writing, doodles and photographs combines stories of early style inspirations such as her grandpa and the Spice Girls with discussion of figures of obsession like Jane Birkin and Annie Hall, reflecting on heartbreak, how to get dressed in the morning, the challenges of taking a good selfie, and more. Interspersed with pages from Alexa's notebooks and many a photo of a good night out, It is now perfectly sized for any bag - handbag or otherwise. Witty, charming and with a refreshingly down-to-earth attitude, It is a must-have for anyone who loves fashion, worries about growing up, or loves just about everything Alexa Chung. "If you love Alexa Chung, buy it. If you are interested in fashion and style, buy it. If you're after a book full of pretty pictures and inspo, buy it". (Cosmopolitan). Alexa Chung is a model and contributing editor to British Vogue. The recipient of numerous style awards, Alexa has won the prestigious British Style Award (voted for by the public) three years in a row. She currently lives in New York City.
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    The Fashion Book (New Edition) takes a fresh look at the fashion world and the people who created and inspired it. Spanning almost 200 years, the entire industry is represented; from clothing and footwear designers, to photographers, stylists, icons and retailers, including the new category of educational institutions that have been fundamental in the careers of many of the creative individuals.
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    Megan Hess provides an illustrated guide to the beautiful garments that changed the world in the beautiful book, The Dress: 100 Iconic Moments in Fashion.

    Presented in hardback and with a stylish gold trim, it tells how a dress can capture a specific moment in time, the spirit of a generation, or even encapsulate a fashion icon. With Megan's stunning illustrations of the dresses (and those who wore them) throughout the book, it's a wonderful read for any fashion aficionado.

    From Audrey Hepburn's simple elegance to Lady Gaga's meat gown, the book takes a thorough look at the ever-evolving and always-inspiring fashion industry. All the dresses are accompanied by revealing facts and historical anecdotes too.
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    Scott Schuman is back to complete his trilogy of street-style bibles. With a vibrant collection of beautiful images of the men and women who have caught his attention around the world, Schuman remains a thrilling source of urban and high-end style. From its origins on the streets of New York, his much-loved blog, is a vivid and growing hub of inspiration for fashion lovers everywhere. This collection displays the very best from the last three years of the blog. The Sartorialist: X is full of beauty, mystery and humanity.
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    A book worth its weight in gold--or what one charges on a gold card. Written by two fashion experts with deep experience in fashion shopping and styling, "How to Win at Shopping" is perfect for the woman who loves to shop--there is priceless information on every page. And perfect for the woman who hates to shop--here's the game plan to make it work. And for both, hundreds of ways to save money, time, and aggravation. Page after page is filled with knowledgeable insider tips, the hows and whys of shopping smart: "Always" beware of prices in carpeted areas of a store. Three-quarter sleeves are "always" flattering. "Sometimes," for certain items like T-shirts or knits, it makes sense to shop in the boys' department. For shoes, the best toe shape will "always" match your best neckline. "Never" shop in a hurry. When approaching a rack of clothing, "always" start with color. "Always" sit down when trying on clothing. There are style basics, like how to find the perfect pair of jeans. Money-saving tips, like why never to open a store credit card. Shopping rules, like leave your jewellery at home when shopping. Plus tips for shopping online, in thrift stores, and around the holidays. And throughout, separate lists, like the 15 secrets of finding clothes that make you look ten pounds thinner; the seven things a tailor can do--and six things a tailor can't; and the top ten wardrobe staples.
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    A fun mini edition of the first book to embrace the whole of the UK and its creative influence on international fashion, this inspirational and informative title features designers such as Stella McCartney, Alexander McQueen, Hussein Chalayan, Vivienne Westwood, John Galliano, Julien Macdonald, Giles Deacon, Matthew Williamson and Paul Smith. The chapter on each designer defines visually how Britishness informs their work, showing final collections, process work and studio space. Text in the form of questions and answers or running text illustrates each designer's British influence and distinct style.
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    Interviews with leading contemporary designers, including Paul Smith, Stephen Jones, and Maria Cornejo and education professionals, including Willie Walters, Course Director at Central St Martins, Andrew Groves from the University of Westminster and a Foreword by Shelley Fox, the Donna Karan Professor of Fashion, Director of the MFA Fashion Design and Society Program at Parsons, New York, will enable all readers both to understand the vital role of research and to discover the techniques the designers have adapted for themselves, while a richly illustrated profile of the major themes of fashion is both a highly original resource and a mine of information about each theme for readers to draw on in their own research.
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    The relationship between popular music and fashion has been a culturally significant one since the 1950s, and this book explores how music and musicians play a key role in the shaping of identity, taste and consumption. Using a range of historical and contemporary examples, this book uncovers the way in which fashion and music have worked to shape contemporary attitudes to bodies and identities. Focusing on performers as much as fans, on the mainstream as much as the underground, Fashion and Music provides a lens through which to examine themes of gender, sexuality, ageing and youth, ethnicity, body image, consumer culture, fandom and postmodernity.
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    Hailed as 'the most influential female designer of the twentieth century', Coco Chanel pioneered classic easy-to-wear fashion for the modern woman. She arrived on the fashion scene when feathers, lace and ostentatious beads were favourites, and proceeded to re-invent couture using new materials, like jersey, for outfits that were suitable for everyday wear yet still elegant. With original illustrations and images from celebrated photographers, such as Cecil Beaton, Bronwyn Cosgrave traces the story of Coco Chanel's iconic designs and glamorous, racy life. In 1921 Coco opened her Chanel boutique in Paris - still a destination store today - and launched her first perfume, Chanel No.5. Perhaps her most important contribution to the fashion world was the simple, much-imitated 'little black dress' which made its debut in 1926. Other landmark creations include the Chanel suit and the quilted handbag. A testament to her lasting influence, these legendary designs remain as popular today as when they first appeared. Vogue, the international fashion bible, has charted the careers of designers through the decades. Its unique archive of photographs, taken by the leading photographers of the day from Cecil Beaton to Mario Testino, and original illustrations, together with its stable of highly respected fashion writers, make Vogue the most authoritative and prestigious source of reference on fashion. With a circulation of over 160,000 and a readership of over 1,400,000, no brand is better positioned to present a library on the great fashion designers of the modern age.