Best books on fashion designers

Immerse yourself into the world of fashion and fashion industry by reading some of these books. Some of them are actual masterpieces.

Number 1 in the list is Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty published by Metropolitan Museum of Art in 2011. The book features his outstanding models and collections tracking McQueen’s career from the very beginning till his late days. McQueen supposedly was one of the most influential and gifted fashion designers of the century. The publishing of the book coincided with the exhibition devoted to McQueen held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. “I think the idea of mixing luxury and mass-market fashion is very modern, very now – no one wears head-to-toe designer anymore”, said McQueen once.

If you are in fashion or art then this book is for you undoubtedly.

Chanel: Set of 3 published in 2003. The book is divided into three parts. The first one is dedicated to Chanel, the second one to Chanel Jewelery and the third to Chanel Perfume. Looking through the book you will find information concerning the process of creation of models. The book consists of lots of archival material including photographs and quotations by great Chanel.

Emilio Pucci reveals the history of the brand in details. You will find lots of marvelous pictures of interiors, prints, views and even people who inspired Pucci during his career.

Irving Penn Regards the Work of Issey Miyake: Photographs 1975-1998. An outstanding and remarkable photographer took pictures of outstanding fashion designer during 23 years. At the same time this book may serve as a guide to the world of marvelous shapes, forms, and colors.

Maison Martin Margiela. The album includes lots of pictures, images, lookbooks, photos of different interiors, installations and ready-mades. The book is really inspiring.

Louis Vuitton: Art, Fashion and Architecture. Looking through the book you will find a variety of collaborative works of the brand. The crew managed to collaborate with the most famous and remarkable artists and architects. Among them are Takashi Murakami, Richard Prince, Zaha Hadid, David LaChapelle and many many others.

ReFusing Fashion: Rei Kawakubo. The book is devoted to the exhibition of Rei Kawakubo that took place at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Detroit. In fact this exhibition was a total installation and presented Kawakubo’s clothes, posters, advertisements and many other works.

Prada. The book refers to the history of the brand. You may get acquainted with some interesting facts of the brand, tissue samples, patterns, advertisements, shots from the movies, pictures of different interiors, collages. Miucha Prada participated in creation of this really impressive book as well.

Yohji Yamamoto. This book provides pretty much interesting material about Yamamoto. You will find an interview with the designer, pictures of his models. By the way lots of photos were taken by Nick Knight and Paolo Roversi.

Raf Simon Redux. Raf Simon has been inspired by the culture of punks and goths. The images of the book are very innovative and fresh. It seems like the future would look like as Simon has imagined it.

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