My name is Ruth MacGilp, and despite that mysterious grade A in Higher English, I am terrible at reading. Fiction, that is. The only fiction books in my possession that have been read cover to cover are embarrassing teen flicks and romantic comedies, with the occasional classic by Bronte or Austen thrown in when I’m feeling brave.
What I am excellent at, however, is being the proud owner of a 3-page-long Amazon wishlist of non-fiction books, which includes self-help guides and autobiographies, but overwhelmingly consists of Fashion books. Imagine my joy at being told explicitly by my lecturers to go out and read as much as I can about the industry, and having access to a fantastic library full of hidden fashion gems.
Read more to here about my top 5!
FIFTY DRESSES THAT CHANGED THE WORLD
This book from the Design Museum does exactly what it says on the tin. From Audrey Hepburn’s LBD and Cher’s Oscars gown, to Twiggy’s Bill Gibb masterpiece and Mary Quant’s mini. A fun compilation of fashion that made history!
THE WORLD ACCORDING TO KARL
More of a biography than a fashion book, this is 173 pages of pure hilarity and inspiration from Karl Lagerfeld’s crazy brain.
THE TEEN VOGUE HANDBOOK
This book is so dog-eared as it came into my possession at 14 years old, and subsequently helped me decide I wanted to make my name in the fashion industry. It really is the most comprehensive and detailed careers guide out there!
100 YEARS OF FASHION
My most beautiful possession. Literally endless stunningly gorgeous photographs and text from the decades that dramatically changed what women wore and how they lived.
THE FASHION BOOK
This is probably the most widely renowned resource for those in the know. It’s essentially an A-Z of the names (from designers and retailers to models and hairstylists) that have influenced fashion as we know it today.
Ruth @ Urbanity xxx