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8 Fashion Books That Every Woman Should Read

Here is a selection of fashion books created to give you a bit of everything that you should know: from fashion tips and concepts to personal experiences that go beyond a magazine or a piece of clothing, this reading list will keep you entertained, inspired, and give you another perspective on the world of fashion.

The Little Dictionary of Fashion

Written by Christian Dior in 1954, he sought to create a reference book to help dress the women of his time. His desire was to write an extraordinary history of fashion that’s “neither too long, so that it becomes tedious, nor too short, so that it seems insufficient.”

Fashion A To Z: Illustrated Dictionary

This dictionary written by Alex Newman and published in 2009 is a book with all the definitions that are used in the fashion industry. It has updated and modern industry terms and the terminology comes with beautiful illustrations.


Written by noted columnist and editor, Diana Vreeland, she narrates part of her life, as well as her time in Harper’s Bazaar and Vogue, her encounters with personalities such as Chanel, and her great love for fashion.

The Woman Who Wanted To Be

Diane Von Furstenberg tells how she became the woman she wanted to be, through her experiences from her childhood in Brussels until today.

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Grace: A Memoir

Grace Coddington is the creative director at large of American Vogue and right hand of editor-in-chief Anna Wintour. In her book she tells her story, beyond her outstanding work as one of the most powerful people at the renowned magazine, going back to her beginnings as a model and her life experiences outside the Condé Nast publication.

How To Dress For Success

Written by costume designer Edith Head, who came to style personalities such as Audrey Hepburn and Elizabeth Taylor; the fashion icon gives advice on how to dress from everything learned throughout her career. All of her tips are so classic that a new reissued edition was released in 2011.

Tales From the Back Row: An Outsider’s View from Inside the Fashion Industry

This essential book was published in 2015 and is told from the point of view of former editor of, Amy Odell. This collection of essays gives an insightful look at the fashion industry from an outsider’s perspective and includes anecdotes from her illustrious career as a fashion journalist.

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