It’s fashion downtime – May is a quiet stretch for the otherwise frantic fashion industry, barely speckled with a handful of Resort fashion shows. This week we saw the industry jet from Paris, Los Angeles, to Kyoto. Onwards, June and July famously denotes summer vacations for most fashion designers and their teams. And while you’re on 18-hour flights with time to spare, or holidaying in a quaint Ryokan in Kyoto, there’s nothing quite like an intelligent fashion book. Not coffee table books, but fashion literature that will give you a good laugh and astute grasp of the industry at large. Here, six recommended fashion classics for the "well-dressed woman with a well-dressed mind."
In My Fashion, by Bettina Ballard is available on eBay.
Dior by Dior, by Christian Dior is available on Book Depository.
D.V., by Diana Vreeland is available on Amazon.
Grace: A Memoir by Grace Coddington is available on Book Depository.
Shocking Life by Elsa Schiaparelli is available on V&A.
The Glass of Fashion by Cecil Beaton is available on Amazon.
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