by Alexandra Phanor-Faury
Looking for some great summer fashion reading besides your favorite glossy? Check out our top five fashion tomes that promise to take you through the summer with style.
A.L.T.: A Memoir by André Leon Talley
Take a journey into the life of one of fashion’s most recognizable figures, André Leon Tally. Vogue’s Contributing Editor passionately shares with readers his inspiring humble beginnings in North Carolina, his loving relationship with his classy grandmother, who very early on ignited Talley’s own love affair with style, and his captivating road from country boy to the King of Fashion.
The Birth of Cool: Style Narratives of the African Diaspora by Carol Tulloch
Delve deep into the meaning of dress and style in the African diaspora with this engrossing historical book. From the flashy zoot suit, the boyish flapper dresses to the modest wears of Rastafarian women, Author Carol Tulloch lends a layered and nuanced look into the symbiotic relationship of Black style and society.
Fashion Victims: The Catty Catalogue of Stylish Casualties, from A to Z
C’mon, what’s fashion without some playful cattiness? According to Michael Roberts, stylist, artist and Vanity Fair Fashion Director, the two go hand-in-hand. In this laugh-out-loud, witty book, Roberts de-constructs the eclectic and ridiculous fashion tribes that make up this obsessive industry. Each of the book’s insightful entries come with one of the author’s celebrated whimsical paper collage illustrations.
Michelle: Her First Year as First Lady by Robin Givhan
Washington Post’s Fashion Editor and Pulitzer Prize-winning fashion reporter Robin Givhan chronicles the first year of Michelle Obama’s life as First Lady. Givhan takes a thought-provoking look into everything from Michelle’s style, of course, to her role in the white house. Along with the insightful prose, the book features a great collection of candid pics of Michelle Obama.
The End of Fashion: How Marketing Changed the Clothing Business Forever by Teri Agins
Leave it to Wall Street Journal’s Teri Agins to report on the evolution of fashion from elite to mainstream consumption in an engrossing style that isn’t reserved only for industry players and those with business degrees.If you’ve ever wondered about the stories behind the seams and just how the fashion industry really works, this very tome is mandatory reading.