Books: Must-Read Fashion Books

STYLE AND SUBSTANCE. For those with a passion for fashion, these titles are definitely worth a read



  1. “Cartier in the 20th Century” (Vendome Press) is an illustrious documentation of how a French family business evolved into an iconic global brand. In the early 20th century, Louis Cartier traveled the world and crafted magnificent tiaras and jewelry as well as the first practical wristwatch: the Santos watch.
  2. Among a handful of designers who have revolutionized the fashion industry, Yves Saint Laurent is a name not to be forgotten. Lending her intimate encounters with the designer himself is photographer Roxanne Lowit in “Yves Saint Laurent” (Thames & Hudson). The featured photographs illustrate Laurent’s career from 1978 to 2002.
  3. Need an easy-to-follow but comprehensive guide to fashion? Then pick the brain of Frances Corner, head of the illustrious London College of Fashion, as she unravels 101 personal thoughts on everything fashion in “Why Fashion Matters” (Thames & Hudson). Because, yes, her thoughts do matter.
  4. “Men in this Town” (Hardie Grant Books) is a visual journal of blogger Giuseppe Santamaria capturing the most fashion-savvy everyday men in five style-capitals: London, Tokyo, Sydney, Milan and New York. Simply perfect for quick cheats on styling.