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8 fashion books to add to your reading list


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In the aftermath of the Met Gala and the TV BAFTAs, those who still want their fashion fix have come to the right place.

From high fashion to fiction, style guides to memoirs we’ve selected eight of the best fashion books that won’t only look stylish on your shelf, but will also be impossible to put down.

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The Fashion Book 

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Described as the ‘textbook’ of fashion, if you are looking to clue up on over 200 years’ worth of fashion history, then The Fashion Book is for you. From designers and runways to revolutionary celebrity looks (think the Gaga meat dress), this book has it all.

Hardcover, £29.19 at


The New Fashion Rules 

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Fashion blogger and YouTuber, Victoria Magrath (Inthefrow), offers a fresh look at navigating the modern fashion world in the digital era. This gem is full of tips, inspiration and pivotal fashion moments spanning everything from ethical fashion to diversity. 

Hardcover, £16.99 at


Women in Clothes: Why We Wear What We Wear

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The likes of Lena Dunham, Molly Ringwald, Tavi Gevinson and Cindy Sherman, joined by over 600 others, are interviewed about how fashion is tied to politics, our relationships and our lives in this thought-provoking read. The three editors behind Women in Clothes offer an insightful look at our wardrobes and the complexities of the seemingly simple act of getting dressed.

Paperback, £25 at


Paris Dream by Kate Betts

Ever wanted to know what it’s like to become a fashion journalist? Then Paris Dream is the book for you. Former Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar editor Kate Betts writes this coming-of-age memoir about making it as a fashion journalist in the 1980s – bringing the Parisian fashion scene to life. 

Paperback, £8.48 at


How To Be Parisian: Wherever You Are

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Those wanting to emulate the iconic French style that so many desire should look no further than this book. How To Be Parisian promises to provide tips and inspiration through delightful illustrations and light-hearted anecdotes, right at your fingertips. Anne Berest, Caroline De Maigret, Audrey Diwan and Sophie Masshow show anyone can inject a bit of Paris into their lives. 

Hardcover, £13.86 at


Alexander McQueen

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While there may be a long list of designer-specific books, this is by far one of the most interesting. Claire Wilcox, curator of the exhibition Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty, takes you into the mind of one of Britain’s most daring and revolutionary designers. Featuring striking images, unseen collections and catwalk shows, as well as essays from leading fashion commentators, this book documents the breath-taking life and works of the late designer.

Hardcover, £29.19 at


The Devil Wears Prada

It goes without saying that we all remember the iconic trio (Emily Blunt, Meryl Streep and Anne Hathaway) that graced our screens in the film adaption, but The Devil Wears Prada is also a staple on any bookshelf. The first in the best-selling series, this comedic-fiction novel gives a behind-the-scenes look at working at a fashion magazine, with a less-than-friendly boss. So, if you loved the movie… be sure to pick up the book!

Paperback, £6.99 at


Love style life

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Beloved by the fashion community, Garance Doré, illustrator and founder of world-famous fashion blog, curates a charming and candid memoir-meets-style guide. This delightfully addictive novel does exactly what it says on the tin – featuring stories on love, style and life from a fashion figurehead. 

Paperback, £13.88 at

There really is something for everyone out there, from those just dipping their toes into the fashion world to those who are well-versed in sartorial society. So, even though you may have finally reached the end of your uni reading list, there's no excuse not to pick up a book over the coming months!   

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