I’ve always been super into researching everything when it comes to fashion and while studying fashion merchandising at university it intensified it even more. Here are some books, documentaries, movies and website that have really helped expand my knowledge when it comes to the industry. Some helped me discover and understand different positions in the industry, others help me fashion forecast or simply understand the trends and where they stem from, but they all allow me to appreciate the art of fashion even more.
So here is my compiled of all my favorite fashion resources:
Here is a list of my favorite books that really inspire me. The people mentioned in these books can really help mentor you and give you a better idea about the styling world/fashion industry and also trend forecasting.
Fashion: The Definitive History of Costume and Style http://amzn.to/2C6saVS
Stylist: The Interpreters of Fashion http://amzn.to/2Cm4o5o
Fashion + Music: Fashion Creatives Shaping Pop Culture http://amzn.to/2C7lLdc
Grace: A Memoir http://amzn.to/2C6sXpO
The Woman I Wanted to Be. Diane Von Furstenberg http://amzn.to/2zJo5ku
Influence Mary Kate + Ashley Olsen http://amzn.to/2BTBkRK
Dressed: A Century of Hollywood Costume Design http://amzn.to/2C6V08z
I feel like this book does a really good job of depicting a day in the life of a stylist and all the resources needed. My one con is that its outdated but a lot of the info can still be useful. Secrets of Stylists: An Insider’s Guide to Styling the Stars http://amzn.to/2DtwlY3
If you are interested in exploring other careers in fashion take a look at: The Teen Vogue Handbook: An Insider’s Guide to Careers in Fashion http://amzn.to/2BS00tI
Its always a good idea to know what iconic movies continue to inspire fashion. Whether it be editorial shoots or the design houses themselves. These movies are constantly referenced and such fashion movies so give them a watch.
Sabrina, Funny Face, Breakfast at Tiffany’s
Basically everything Audrey Hepburn. Sabrina was the marriage of the dynamic duo that was Givenchy and Audrey Hepburn. It was the first time two had worked together and they created various iconic styles that have become classic staples to this day. These films also solidified Audrey Hepburn as a style icon. The LBD, the trench coat, black wayfarers, ballet flats, loafers, cigarette pant, and turtlenecks have all been memorialized through these films.
The number one references when it comes to adrogynous style. Classic woman in meanswear which is what we’ve been seeing alot on the 2017/2018 runways.
Ali Macgraw is such a style icon and this movie has all the collegiate prepster inspo one could ever need.
First off its Diana Ross and secondly gives you all the 70s glitz and glam feels. Designers are constantly referencing this film.
Sex And the City
Pretty much an index of every big time designer.
More movies that are always referenced and the costumes were perfection.
The Fifth Element
I love these documentaries because it allows us to explore different careers in fashion and also introduces us to the names you should really know in the industry. I love all the behind the scene action that documentaries takes us through to really appreciate everything that goes on in the fashion world.
The September Issue
A inside look of what goes into Vogue’s most important issue.
The First Monday in May
All about the Met Ball one of fashion’s most important events of the year.
Dior And I
I think Raf Simons is one of the most influential designers and his work at Dior was pure genius. This doc gives you a look at his first year as creative director at Dior and putting together the couture show.
Diana Vreeland The Eye has to Travel
A look at the woman who revolutionized the editorial world. Her eye for story telling in fashion is fascinating.
Jeremy Scott- The People’s Designer
This doc gives you a behind the scenes look at Scott’s first season as Moschino’s new creative director as well as his career journey.
BBC OMNIBUS- Mario Testino
A behind the scenes look at one of the most sought after and renowned photographers in the world. A personal fave, Mario Testino is the fashion photographer that everyone loves because he captures the subject’s being. Most famous for his photographs of Princess Diana, Kate Moss and Naomi Campbell, this documentary gives you an insider look of his career + life with interviews from Tom Ford, Anna Wintour, and Kate Moss!
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