| The best fashion world memoirs full of hard work, and guaranteed to inspire your future career in fashion.
In the wake of the news that the late great street style photographer Bill Cunningham left behind a secret memoir called ‘Fashion Climbing’, while we have to wait until September for it to be published, here are the fashion memoirs and biographies to add to your reading list.
Grace Coddington | Grace: A Memoir
“If Wintour is the Pope . . . Coddington is Michelangelo, trying to paint a fresh version of the Sistine Chapel twelve times a year.” “” Time
Betty Halbreich | I’ll Drink to That: A Life in Style, With a Twist
"Her narrative doesn’t spill out messily but unfolds like a properly stored sweater She might be a bird in a gilded cage, but her view of the flowers outside is unobstructed." – New York Times
Tina Brown | The Vanity Fair Diaries 1983–1992
"Here are the inside stories of Vanity Fair scoops and covers that sold millions–the Reagan kiss, the meltdown of Princess Diana’s marriage to Prince Charles, the sensational Annie Leibovitz cover of a gloriously pregnant, naked Demi Moore." – Goodreads
Diana Vreeland | D.V
"Brilliant, funny, charming, imperious, Diana Vreeland””the fashion editor of Harper’s Bazaar and editor-in-chief of Vogue””was a woman whose passion and genius for style helped define the world of high fashion for fifty years" – Google Books
Alexander McQueen & John Galliano | Gods and Kings
"Fashion underwent a massive transformation at precisely the time Galliano and McQueen were picked up by the French luxury conglomerate LVMH…For the first time, fashion designers found themselves in the spotlight, expected to be constantly performing stars." – The Guardian
Vivienne Westwood | Vivienne Westwood
"The book is billed “as told to”, but one gets the impression it was one long stream-of-consciousness rant, careering off on an uproarious picaresque romp through a wild and often unaccountable life." – The Telegraph
Andre Leon Tally | A.L.T
"He details a 30-year hitch in the chiffon trenches, from glam parties and unimagined opulence to the generosity of friends." – Publishers Weekly
Alexandra Schulman | Inside Vogue: My Diary Of Vogue’s 100th Year
"Her warmth and casual cynicism shine through on every page…a refreshingly unfiltered recall" – GQ
Leandra Medine | Man Repeller: Seeking Love. Finding Overalls.
"”Leandra wears her wit as well as she wears her denim bib overalls. But at being repellent, she is a colossal failure.” – Harper’s Bazaar
Isabella Blow | A Life in Fashion
"Crowe’s book is not so much a biography of Blow’s life as it is a biography of the life that Blow created for herself. She was a great self-inventor; and she invented Isabella Blow in the same way she invented some unforgettably extravagant fashion shoots for Vogue and Tatler" – New Republic
Sophie Amoruso | #GirlBoss
"In #GIRLBOSS Sophia Amoruso tells the story of her incredible success. She shows how everyone can become successful, if you trust yourself and follow your instinct." – Goodreads
Christian Dior | Dior by Dior
"This is the most intimate story of a world class designer as well as a man who loved every single piece of haute couture that he ever created. He considered his creations to be his children, and once they were shown, they were the children who had left home to start another life." – NY Journal of Books
Diane von Furstenberg | The Woman I Wanted To Be
"Von Furstenberg reflects on her extraordinary life””from childhood in Brussels to her days as a young, jet-set princess, to creating the dress that came to symbolize independence and power for an entire generation of women." – Google Books
Enjoy delving into the depths of the fashion industry with this collection of the ultimate wishlist of fashion memoirs! And don’t blame us when your bookshelves buckle from the weight of your new addiction! For more inspiring fashion and art books, visit Designers & Books, a really great resource of books that esteemed members of the international design community identify as important, meaningful, and that have shaped their values, their worldview, and their ideas about design.