Best Fashion Books 2020

Updated: Aug 4

We're living in strange times, there's no way around it. With fashion weeks going digital, exhibitions closed and all events cancelled it can feel difficult to connect with your interests. That is a slippery slope... The attitude of "oh who cares nobody is going to see me today anyway, I'm not going anywhere" can be a dangerous one. Fashion and style means so much to our identities and our self esteem which in turn can effect mood and productivity. So, dress up in your favourite outfit, your most extravagant outfit, that new outfit you've been waiting to flaunt - even if you're working from home.


At Modéle we're always striving to bring you the most unique and creative stories, so to help you connect with your interests, even in social distancing, we have compiled a list of the best fashion books for 2020. Hopefully, this will help us all to connect with the things we enjoy (in a safe way) which will make us feel more positive during this trying time.



TIM WALKER: WONDERFUL THINGS by Tim Walker


Throughout this list will be some incredible exhibition books that accompany exhibitions at museums such as the V&A, although all exhibitions have been cancelled - and the new 'Bags Inside Out' exhibition postponed - these can help us to still enjoy their beautiful work. The first is a journey through the creative mind of one of the world’s best photographers - Tim Walker. The book accompanies the recent V&A exhibition. It includes interviews with set designers, stylists, hair, make-up and models, also, behind-the-scenes moments, sketches and over 100 photographs.




VOGUE ON LOCATION: PEOPLE, PLACES AND PORTRAITS by Editors of American Vogue


With all the new restrictions are you needing a little travel extraordinaire in your life? Are you filled with wanderlust? Spanning a century this book is a remarkable capturing of voyages that Vogue took over the years. With dispatches, travel writings editorials - and, of course, spectacular photography!





LAGERFELD: THE CHANEL SHOWS by Simon Procter


Karl Lagerfeld put on some of the most extravagant shows in history; who can forget the 28-foot frozen mountain, with ice from Scandinavia for the Autumn Winter 2010/11 runway? Or the replica of the Eiffel Tower for Autumn Winder 2017/18 and the 5-foot bouclé jacket sculpture for the Spring 2008 show? This book is a collection of Simon Procter’s images that capture the profound fashion shows of Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel. Accompanied by never-before-seen photos of Lagerfeld and models behind the scenes. These are images that pay tribute to his amazing legacy.





PRADA CATWALK by Susannah Frankel


With fashion week digitalised and, quite frankly, nothing like how it normally was we're continuing the theme of 'behind the scenes' in this list to look at more iconic designers and their creations. This is the fourth book in a collection that included Chanel, Dior and Yves Saint Laurent, Frankel takes us through the history of Prada. Then details each Prada collection with catwalk images - a definitive dictionary of Prada catwalks including accessorises, models, muses and set design.



DIOR by Peter Lindbergh


Peter Lindbergh’s final project celebrates 70 years of Dior with the backdrop of New York. He was given unlimited access to the Dior archive it features over 80 garments, mostly photographed in Times Square. It’s a beautiful representation of the relationship Lindbergh and Dior had.



ZANDRA RHODES: 50 FABULOUS YEARS IN FASHION


Published alongside the exhibition at the Fashion and Textiles Museum, this book showcases Rhodes’ long and extravagant career with a centralising of her use of textile design. It wonderfully displays her influence on fashion but also her electric, creative energy and personality. It is a book that showcases her legacy as one of the most prominent fashion designers in Britain.




SUPREME MODELS: ICONIC BLACK WOMEN WHO REVOLUTIONISED FASHION by Marcellas Reynolds


This is the first book celebrating black models! Through a collection of essays, interviews, and photographs we see their influence over the fashion industry as Marcellas Reynolds pays tribute to the iconic models of the 90s who paved the way, whilst highlighting the newest generation.




ALEXANDER MCQUEEN: SAVAGE BEAUTY by Andrew Bolton


"I design clothes because I don’t want women to look all innocent and naïve… I want woman to look stronger… I don’t like women to be taken advantage of… I want people to be afraid of the women I dress" - the powerful creative vision of Alexander McQueen. This book accompanies theV&A exhibition in 2011, it's a study of McQueen’s career through six collections. It focuses on his narrative between collections, spectacular runway shows and an interview with the current creative director of Alexander McQueen, Sarah Burton.



VOGUE: THE COVERS (UPDATED EDITION) by Dodie Kazanjian


This book features every Vogue cover since 2010, it's a showcase of the excellence and cutting-edge style of Vogue - we all know the immense influence the publication has over the fashion world and how beloved it is by it's readers.




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