Fashion Books

Welcome to the Fashion Books website.  This site contains links to information regarding books that have been written for the fashion industry as well as consumers.  If you would like to read a book about clothing, fashion accessories, or style, you are sure to find something of interest from this guide.  You can clothing industry directories such as buyer guides for sales people, pattern making instructional books, how to become a model, etc.

What is a book?  A book is a written or printed work consisting of pages glued or sewn together along one side and bound in covers.

What is a fashion book?  It is a book about fashion.  Anything relevant to style, apparel, shoes, accessories or the clothing industry.

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It is very important to expand your knowledge about fashion.  One of the best ways to expand your understanding is by reading.  Sure, reading won't necessarily turn you into an extremely stylish person.  However, it certainly couldn't hurt.


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If you can not find everything you are looking for from the search engine link above, you can also try the Fashion Books section on Apparel Search.  From that clothing industry directory you can find access to numerous books about sourcing garments, fashion design, and information about textiles.

Here are a few apparel industry book examples from Fashiondex:

  • Apparel Industry Directories
  • Fashion Design Tools
  • Apparel Business Books
  • Technical
  • How To's - Fashion
  • Textile Dictionaries
  • Garment Sourcing
  • Shopping for Fashion
  • Grading
  • Pattern Making

Fashion BookGucci by Gucci Gucci. Just the name conjures up images of la dolce vita—Cinecittà stars strolling on the Via Condotti; Jackie O and her signature bag; the Studio 54 chant “Halston, Gucci, Fiorucci”; Tom Ford’s sexy, minimalist era, during which stars and socialites lined up to wear his clothes; and now the fresh and joyous vision of Frida Giannini, the line’s new creative director. Gucci by Gucci opens the fabled house’s archives for the first time, bringing together—in the form of bags, clothes, accessories, and a dazzling cache of documentary photographs—the history of the Florentine family-owned saddler that has imprinted its name on the fashion consciousness. Both a history of the company and a glorious visual exploration of its far-reaching influence, the book is a treat for the collector and the fan.

Chanel and Her World Gabrielle "Coco" Chanel (1883-1971) is a fashion icon unlike any other. She invented modern clothing for women: at the height of the Belle Époque, she stripped women of their corsets and feathers, bobbed their hair, put them in bathing suits, and sent them out to get tanned in the sun. She introduced slacks, costume jewelry, and the exquisitely comfortable suit. She made the first couture perfume-No. 5-which remains the most popular scent ever created. In this beautiful volume, the glorious life of the incomparable Coco Chanel shines again through hundreds of illustrations and the lively prose of Edmonde Charles-Roux, her official biographer and close friend. Chanel knew and collaborated with the likes of Picasso, Diaghilev, Stravinsky, Cocteau, Jean Renoir, and Visconti-even as she matched their modernist innovations by liberating women from the prison of 19th-century fashion and introducing a whole new concept of elegance. The staggering collection of photographs amassed by the over decades of friendship with Chanel sheds new light on one of the great stories of the modern age. AUTHOR BIO: Edmonde Charles-Roux began her journalistic career at Elle and ultimately became editor-in-chief of French Vogue. She has published three novels, among them To Forget Palermo (Oublier Palerme), which won the Prix Goncourt in 1966.

The Fashion Designer Survival Guide: An Insider's Look at Starting and Running Your Own Fashion Business

The RealAge Makeover: Take Years off Your Looks and Add Them to Your Life

Glamour's Big Book of Dos and Don'ts: Fashion Help for Every Woman

Forever Cool: How To Achieve Ageless, Youthful, and Modern Personal Style

Dressing the Man: Mastering the Art of Permanent Fashion

The New Beauty Secrets: Your Ultimate Guide to a Flawless Face 

Amazing Crochet Lace: New Fashions Inspired by Old-Fashioned Lace

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Patternmaking for Fashion Design (4th Edition) Renowned for its comprehensive coverage, exceptional illustrations, and clear instructions, this hallmark book offers detailed yet easy-to-understand explanations of the essence of patternmaking. Hinging on a recurring theme that all designs are based on one or more of the three major patternmaking and design principles–dart manipulation, added fullness, and contouring–it provides all the relevant information necessary to create design patterns with accuracy regardless of their complexity. Sewing guides included for the pleated trouser (with pattern layout), belt/loops, pockets, and zipper; the jean pant with pockets, countour belt, and fly front; and the gusset. Updated jacket foundation draft includes fabric preparation, interfacing, chest piece, tape control, and shoulder pads. Pant drafts–Trouser draft including pocket, waistband, and loop; dungaree foundation draft; grunge pant draft; and three jean waistline variations including pocket and sewing instruction. Includes fitting corrections for the basic patterns. Unique section on patternmaking for bias-cut garments. For anyone developing their patternmaking skills.

In Vogue: The Illustrated History of the World's Most Famous Fashion Magazine In Vogue is a fascinating look at the history of the world's most influential magazine. The complete compendium is illustrated with hundreds of covers and archival interiors of past Vogue editions, featuring the work of some of the twentieth century's most respected artists, cover illustrators, and photographers—from Edward Steichen, Toni Frissell, and Erwin Blumenfeld to Irving Penn, Richard Avedon, David Bailey, Helmut Newton, Annie Leibovitz, Mario Testino, Steven Klein, Bruce Webber, and Herb Ritts. In 1909, an entrepreneurial New Yorker named Condé Nast took charge of a struggling society journal and transformed it into the most glamorous fashion magazine of the twentieth century. In Vogue traces the history, development and influence of this media colossus—from its beginning as a social gazette in the late nineteenth century, to the exploration of modern fashion photography and new visuals in the mid-twentieth century, to its status as the top style magazine today. The book explains the makings of the magazine—from runways, to editorial meetings, to the pages of Vogue.The thoroughly researched story incorporates first-person accounts, interviews with editors and photographers, and excerpts from stories written in the magazine by many world-renowned writers, including Truman Capote, Aldous Huxley, Richard Burton, Federico Fellini, and Marcello Mastroianni. Unparalleled in its scope and exceptionally illustrated, In Vogue is sure to be among the most important publications on the subjects of culture, art, fashion, photography, and media.

The Beauty Buyble: The Best Beauty Products of 2007 This attractive box includes The Beauty Buyble book and dozens of amazing product samples you won’t be able to wait to get your hands on! Indulge yourself--and find out what products work best for your hair, skin, and face! Going to the cosmetic counter can be one of the most abusive experiences in a woman’s daily routing. Where else do you pay for the privilege of being told, “You need a new look”? The salesperson, who has no clue about what’s right for you, sells you $150 worth of makeup and skin care products you may not need or that may irritate your skin. How do you know which mascara truly lengthens, curls, or offers the blackest black? Which lipstick really does stay on all day without drying your lips? The Beauty Buyble is a one-step reference to the year’s best beauty buys and products. It takes out the guesswork, making it easier for you to find the best hair care, makeup, skin care, and beauty tools available on the market. This helpful, accessible book lists product in the low-, middle-, and high-end price range so you can find the item that’s right for you and that will truly enhance your beauty. The clean, concise format helps you find just what you need -- and the authors offer advice from celebrity hair stylists, makeup artists, and real women to help you get the best out of your beauty purchases! Includes tips and secrets from the top names in beauty!

The Black Book of Hollywood Beauty Secrets After a few dozen whirlwind pages, the dizzying array of treatments contained here-apparently necessary to stay atop Hollywood's pecking order-may send even the most fashion-savvy readers scurrying for a nap. It's good news, then, that napping is encouraged-for beauty's sake, of course. Taken in small doses, this jam-packed inside look at the surprising beauty rituals of A-list stars serves as a funny, fascinating wake-up call to the harsh reality of celebrity self-maintenance. Image consultant Douglas and freelance writer Pearlman reveal the staggering lengths to which some stars go, including everything from pre-Oscar night colonics to the anatomically incorrect deployment of lip plumpers. While there is a great deal of sensible advice included, there's also some deliciously bizarre rituals on display, such as Kate Beckinsale's three-baths-a-day regimen and Cindy Crawford's secret to beautiful skin, a regular dose of "leftover milk from her kids' bottles and equal parts mineral water," applied with a spray bottle. Packed with insider trivia, readers will be pleased to find their favorite actresses and celebutantes-and those that style them-spilling the names of their favorite beauty products and enumerating quick-fix solutions to common beauty woes. The best element of this insider's guide is the winning tone of self-described "former dorks" Douglas and Pearlman, who keep things light, dishy and fun. Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

In Style: Instant Style Ever been overwhelmed by a closet that feels as if its filled with all the wrong pieces? Instant Style is the ultimate guide to streamlining, shopping for, and maintaining your ideal wardrobe all year round. The book starts with the basics, outlining essential clothing items for each seasonwinter coats, spring skirts, summer sandals, fall sweatersthen shows how to complement them with pieces that accentuate personal style. Learn which tops go with what pants, what boots look best with different skirt shapes, how the right bag can change the entire look of an outfit, and how to flatter your coloring and figure. Find out when to hit the best sales, whats worth splurging on, and how to recognize quality in clothes. Finally, benefit from the books listing of recommended stores around the country. Instant Style is filled with hundreds of colorful photographs of clothes and celebrities that will inspire and delight. It is the first book that gives readers everything they need to make getting dressed, no matter what the occasion and season, as enjoyable and easy as it should be.

Victorian Lace Today Within this compendium, the very first knitting books have been translated from sketchy, often-inaccurate instructions into richly-colored, exciting patterns for modern-day accessories. This blend of history, mystery, and hands-on technique debunks myths about Victorian life as it inspires beginners and ambitious knitters alike. Included are instructions for Victorian lace as the Victorians never saw it—in glorious detail, up-close and on location in and around Cambridge, England. The lace patterns progress from the first, most basic, edgings to the sophistication of "real" lace. Forty patterns are included—scarves and shawls, capes, and fichus—with comprehensive information on the tools and techniques of lace knitting for beginners and enough challenges to keep experienced or ambitious knitters engaged. Delicate and decorative, historical lace patterns are within the reach of today's knitters in this book of adventurous ideas with a vintage touch.

Allure: Confessions of a Beauty Editor After 15 years as Allure's editor-in-chief, Linda Wells has learned a thing or two about beauty--things that other people might not tell you. From how to keep lip gloss on longer than six minutes, to the best fix for frizzy hair, to how to use the latest anti-aging products, ALLURE: CONFESSIONS OF A BEAUTY EDITOR has all the answers. The book includes essential makeup techniques, sidebars, expert tips, emergency fixes, and information on how to get the best products for your money. Writing with the humor and honesty for which Allure is known, Linda and her editors share every dirty secret, explode many common beauty myths, and give readers the honest truth about how to look their best.

The Knitters Book of Finishing Techniques Knitted one too many sweaters that scream "homemade"? Help is here! Finishing techniques are the key to turning out professional-looking projects. This comprehensive reference gives you the know-how you need to get gorgeous, polished results every time. o More than 50 expert techniques cover increases, decreases, seams, blocking, decorative finishes, and more o Master each method with step-by-step illustrations, easy-to-read text, and dozens of color photos o Bring along this handy guide wherever you go; the spiral-bound design lies flat for trouble-free knitting

Draping for Fashion Design (4th Edition) Draping for Fashion Design is THE basic instructional volume for draping in numerous fashion design programs since its original publication. This book covers all of the fundamental material for beginning and advanced study in an intensive fashion design program and prepares readers for the industry. Based on current industry methods, it reflects the dramatic changes of computer integration into the basic design and pattern development process and demonstrates simplified methods wherever they are employed in the industry. The authors provides clear guidelines regarding basic preparation and patterns, bodices, skirts, pants, the midriff and yokes, collars, sleeves, the shift, the princess dress, sportswear and casual wear, tailored garments, functional finishes, pockets, and draping in fabric and fitting.

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