Before I moved from Atlanta, I was part of a Fashion Book Club, where each month we would read a book that related to fashion. We read fiction, biographies of designers and fashion icons, and books about the fashion industry itself. It was a lot of fun and something I miss sharing with my friends each month.
As such, I thought I’d share some of my favorite fashion related books with you! I read three of these books with my book club and two of them on my own. I have most of these books on my kindle, but I still enjoy an actually physical book every now and then!
If you’ve read any of these, let me know how you liked them. Also, let me know in the comments section what some of your favorite fashion books are.
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Here are five fashion-related books that I love:
The Knockoff by Lucy Sykes and Jo Piazza http://amzn.to/2tQH2Sz
The Knockoff is one of my favorite books ever! It’s a book I read on my own, rather than with my book club. The Knockoff is a novel about Imogen Tate, Editor-In-Chief of Glossy magazine. When she returns from a 6-month medical leave, she finds that her former assistant, Eve Morton, has returned from Harvard Business School and was hired take the magazine digital and to convert Glossy into an app. Imogen’s magazine is now unrecognizable as Eve has turned it upside down. It’s a great story about how Imogen handles the situation and how she handles Eve’s attempt to take over her own job. The story was described by People magazine as “The Devil Wears Prada meets All About Eve.” This book is so entertaining that I read it in one weekend, which is rare for me (I usually take longer to read a book)!
Hijacking the Runway: How Celebrities Are Stealing the Spotlight from Fashion Designers by Teri Agins http://amzn.to/2sYtdij
I read Hijacking the Runway with my book club. This is a fun book about how the fashion industry is now being shaped not only by designers, editors and the fashion industry, but also by celebrities. While celebrities have always helped designers sell merchandise by wearing, and being photographed in their designs, they are now starting their own fashion lines. The books talks about how Jessica Simpson’s shoe line started and how Jennifer Lopez’s fragrance Glow came about. It talks about how socialite like Tory Burch got started and how other celebrities like the Olsen twins and Victoria Beckham have become full fledged designers. Having grown up in the fashion business, and given my penchant for pop culture, I found this book extremely interesting and enjoyable to read.
What Would Jackie Do? An Inspired Guide to Distinctive Living by Shelly Branch and Sue Callaway http://amzn.to/2uhxj94
I read What Would Jackie Do? on my own rather than with my book club. What Would Jackie Do? is a fun book full of advice based on what Jackie Kennedy Onassis might have done. The authors researched and spoke with experts and friends of Jackie to come up with how Jackie might have handled situations in her social life, career, fashion, dating, parenting, home decor, entertaining, taking care of herself, and other life situations we all encounter. While you may or may not follow all of the advice in the book, it’s an entertaining read. I’ve been a Jackie fan for as long as I can remember. She was a fashion icon who exuded class and poise, and was a good role model. And who knows? This book might help you figure out how to handle certain situations you’re not sure about!
Summer At Tiffany by Marjorie Hart http://amzn.to/2tarVVf
I read Summer at Tiffany with my book club. Summer at Tiffany is a memoir about two college girls from Iowa, Marjorie, the author, and her best friend Marty, and the summer they spent in New York City in 1945. The girls moved to New York for the summer and got jobs as the first female floor pages at Tiffany’s. The book tells of their experience living in New York that summer, their job at Tiffany’s, where they encountered celebrities, the boys they met, and what life was like for two midwest college girls in 1945. The book includes a bit of history since it takes place at the end of World War II. I love the styles of the 1940s and would love to have seen what NYC was like at that time! The book is fun and entertaining, while reading a bit of history!
The Woman I Wanted to Be by Diane von Furstenberg http://amzn.to/2tn4xiM
I read The Woman I Wanted to Be with my book club. This book club meeting was particularly fun because my friend who hosted the meeting that month arranged to have the meeting in the DVF store in Atlanta. We were able to have our meeting, have a few snacks and do a little shopping! The Woman I Wanted to Be is an engaging autobiography about Diane von Furstenberg. In this book, Diane talks about her life and how she got to where she is today. She discusses her childhood in Brussels, her personal life, her professional life and also gives life and career advice! There’s a bit of history in this book too, which makes it even more interesting. Diane has had (and continues to have) an amazing life. She is definitely someone we can all learn from!
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