7 Books to Read if You Want to Work in Fashion

When wanting to be successful in an industry that is full of top notch competitors and millions of hopefuls trying to make it to the top, you just simply have to stand out: with your talent, your ambition and hard work and also your knowledge. Of course nobody expects you to know a full fashion encyclopedia by heart when you work in fashion, it’s not about knowing every fancy fashion vocabulary there is, more about knowing the different shapes the versatile fashion industry can take on and learning valuable advice of those who already made it. The following books will are not just great reads, but also full of honest straight up advice and some valuable looks behind the scenes of one of the most eagerly anticipated industries out there.

NICE is Just a Place in France: How to Win at Basically Everything

This is a slightly different kind of advice book, that isn’t just meant to advice those who want to work in fashion. As the title says this book was written for all those that want to win in life and rule their world. The main mantra of this book is: Nice is just not the way to get what you want. This book wants to bring your inner powerful badass out and help you success in anything you put your mind to. Buy it here

If You Have to Cry Go Outside: And Other Things Your Mother Never Told You

Speaking of being badass, Kelly Cutrone’s first book is a brutally honest career advice book, writing by The badass PR maven. The book is such a great and entertaining read that you won’t want to put it down, as it’s filled with all kinds of exciting stories from Kelly’s life that will definitely teach you a thing or two, or even change the way you look at working in fashion. Buy it here

A.L.T. : A Memoir

One of the most striking figures in fashion, André Leon Talley, offers an exclusive look into his life and the two most important women that shaped it: His grandmother and Diana Vreeland (who’s autobiography is a must read as well btw). The editor at large of Vogue will take you on a journey filled with small-town wisdom and haut monde sophistication.  Buy it here

The Teen Vogue Handbook: An Insider’s Guide to Careers in Fashion

This is an essential guide for anyone who would like to work in fashion, as it gives advice to all kinds of aspiring creatives. Whether you want to make it as a designer, stylist, model, writer or blogger, this book covers all ends of the fashion industry and reveals information to prepare you for getting that dream job. Buy it here


Written by Sophia Amoruso, the founder of Nasty Gal a $100 million plus online fashion retailer, tells her own story of success from first selling a stolen book and then vintage clothing on ebay, to creating a million dollar international business. Filled with brazen wake-up calls and guidelines, this book is perfect for all of those that are looking for a unique path of success and trying to make it in a tough industry. Buy it here

100 Contemporary Fashion Designers A-Z

This is the latest book I just recently bought. It comes in a pretty 2-volume slipcase and as I personally love finding out about designers’ biographies, I was delighted to find little articles summing up each designers career and life next to full page, high quality images, as well as interviews with the designer. I find this book to be really informative and think it’s a staple piece that you will keep on your book shelve or coffee table for ever. Buy it here

Fashion 2.0: Blogging Your Way to the Front Row

Last but not least a book for all of you  that want to either take your blog to the next level or even turn your blog into a full time job. Running a successful blog can definitely help you with getting your dream job in fashion, as it can be a fantastic portfolio of your skills and can help you get in touch with important brands and contact that might help you on your way to success. Or maybe you are even more ambitious and want to make a living purely from your blog. Regardless of your unique goal, this book can help you make the most out of your blog and is jam packed with advice from top fashion bloggers and the successful author Yuli Ziv. Buy it here

Have you read any of those books? What other books can you recommend?

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