4.3.10

Fashionable Reading

Do you find it hard to remember who is at the helm of Rue de Mail (Martine Sitbon, well done) or Pollini (yes, it’s Jonathan Saunders, you are so clever!)? Or do you know what a jute* is, or a puggaree**, or a reticella?***

See, I used to think I knew a bit about fashion. I’ve been reading Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar like forever****, regularly buy other magazines and heavily use style.com. I try to keep up with which fashion house is led by whom and what’s happening in the fashion world. But when I started blogging I quickly became aware how very ignorant I really am. Having no professional training or education in fashion, design or tailoring there are heaps of things I don’t know. But my mum has taught me that you can learn everything from books and when my friend handed me the fashion books Christmas recommendations of the Times ("you might be interested in this.") I had something to start with…

'100 Contemporary Fashion Designers' are two glorious coffee table books (I couldn't believe the price when these 2 heavy weights arrived, but I guess the 3-language edition of Taschen makes it possible), 'Fashion Makers, Fashion Shapers' gives an insight into the makings and breakings in the fashion industry, the dictionary 'Fashion A-Z' helps me to understand dress-making and fashion terminology and 'My Wonderful World of Fashion, a Book for Drawing, Creating and Dreaming' I bought just for fun.

Now I just have to find the time to read them. But what about you? Do you have a fashion book you swear on or a favourite fashion biography?

*a lustrous bast fibre obtained from the bark of tropical plants Corchorus capsularis and C. olitorius.
** a turban, may also refer to the length of material used to make a turban. But may also describe a thin cotton or silk scarf that is wrapped around a hat.
*** a decorative openwork fabric hat was first produced in Italy during the late 15th century, and is generally regarded as the forerunner to needle lace.
****My favourite fashion biography was 'A Dash of Daring', describing the life of the infamous Harper's Bazaar editor Carmel Snow.

35 comments:

Sher said...

I've never been one who really followed fashion or style.com because it feels a little bit tedious and time consuming for me. But I don't mind reading other bloggers who do and finding out their thought about collections and fashion news:)

So, I guess I'll have to rely on you to learn a thing or two!

xx

The Style Revolution said...

I have marykate & ashleys book.... dont know if that counts... I do know I need to learn more ;)

Lottie said...

no matter how much you think you know about fashion, you dont. after one season its all back to starters again.

adding you back!

janettaylor said...

So excited...how many interesting book...

Cafe Fashionista said...

I have read very few fashion books. I find that I prefer to flip through monthly magazines - such as ELLE, Vogue, and Teen Vogue. Fashion is always changing; periodicals seem more up-to-date when it comes to style!! :)

Couture Carrie said...

You are faaaaaar from ignorant, my dear!

xoxox,
CC

SabinePsynopsis said...

Thank you, CC!

Reading your comments I wonder if reading fashion books is a bit outdated. But leaving through a beautiful big coffee table book is still a nice thing, no?

Clare said...

I love huge books about fashion, the Vogue covers one is really nice.

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x

SabinePsynopsis said...

Sorry, leafing not leaving... It's been a long day.

The Little Fashion Treasury said...

Einen wunderschönen Abend, liebe Sabine!

Sometimes I also "reading" Nippon Vogue or Vogue China ;) and also there are not many things to read I always enjoy the photos are the fact to read it from back to front...

Watching style.com for the fashion shows, realized these days that No.21 is Alessandro Dell'Acqua´s new name after losing the rights to his name ...

Liebe Grüße, Gute Nacht ;)

SabinePsynopsis said...

You are so up-to-date, Martina! I do the same also with Vogue Italia and Vogue France - telling myself I would brush up on my Italian and French, but ending up mainly looking at pictures...

drollgirl said...

i get a lot of fashion mags, but i have never "read" them. i just look at the pictures. i know that is probably a crime against humanity, but i love the pictures and ads. for some reason i'd rather read a book than a magazine. magazine articles usually EXHAUST me. i know that makes no sense, but whaddya gonna do.

LENORENEVERMORE said...

I'm more a visual person when it comes to fashion...but when I was in art school, we had to do/read a project & found Men's Fashion Illustrations from the Turn of the Century (Dover Pictorial Archive Series) a little bit of history regarding clothing styles of the early 1900's. The book also discusses accessories...men's fashion still fascinates & inspired me somehow!

xo

John Malvin said...

This post really helps me on what I need to look for when I want to buy fashion books! Great post.

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P R I M O E Z A said...

i'm not drawn to books on fashion - magazines (and now web) do seem like a better way of communicating the transitory nature of it. but sometimes i do pick up technical books and get so engrossed. can't remember any titles now tho'. and i agree, sometimes those extended histories/bios are fascinating. happy reading!

Elizabeth said...

I love your mom's advice. Books are the best teachers :)

Devon said...

I wish I had more fashion books *sigh* x

Clare said...

Oh man, I used to swear by reading fashion magazines but I stopped in college cuz I thought they perpetuated such ugly, unrealistic lifestyle expectations on women. However, I read fashion blogs religiously, they are much more real and relatable :)

Joanne Faith said...

I really would love to know more, fashion books are rather expensive though - particularly the big & lovely glossy ones.

Winnie said...

Actually, I don't have in depth fashion knowledge. I just have a love for it.

I do own a few fashion books though, Vivienne Westwood, Chanel and several other Coffee table books. I was a Art History student so I learnt a lot through fashion that way too!

Jonesy said...

cute blog, i am a new follower : ) check out my blog as well when you get a chance.

www.the-blisslist.blogspot.com

Pia said...

i actually wrote a post about fashion books that i have been wanting to read here: http://haute-like-wasabi.blogspot.com/2009/12/book-worm.html

but from what i read... i can recommend: how luxury lost its luster (it's kinda more history, but interesting!)

SR@MyStyle said...

Hi there-I mainly collect special edition vintage cover issues of Magazines, I do have some vintage/fashion books, including Vogue and Ossie Clark.

Angie Muresan said...

The only fashion books I swear by are blogs such as yours and a few others. You mix it all so nicely for me that I get it all.

Pratishtha Durga said...

I have quite a few fashion related books, and I find them to be insightful and interesting. I have, like you, found that we bloggers can go by with very little information, and need to be well-versed with the world of fashion.

Johanna Urban said...

Hi Sabine!

Hm... I did find the proverb on a website that sad it was a german proverb... but I actulley don't know if it is?? :P

But however, its a good one ;-)

Have a great day!!
//Johanna

Jennifer Fabulous said...

I mostly rely on other fashion bloggers to keep me informed. That's the fun part of blogging for me--learning from amazing girls like you! :) But I will definitely check out those books you mentioned. It might be fun to read up on some stuff and perhaps use my blog to teach others, instead of the other way around!

PS. Thank you for the really sweet comment you left on my blog recently. It has been a horrible week and I am only getting through it because of sweethearts like you! xoxo

Maddy said...

I don't personally read any fashion books, though I wouldn't mind a gorgeous coffee table book. I find the fashion blogs to be my best resource. They make fashion accessible to the average person (like me), in a way that Vogue or Bazaar simply cannot.

Cindy Whitehead said...

I think its all a learning experience - blogs, magazines, seeing fashion in person, talking to others and of course fashion books. I doubt anyone knows everything as there are so many different areas of fashion. I think you have a wonderful blog and know a lot! Great books you got! (-:

Dancing Branflake said...

I always read Vogue and Vanity Fair on the treadmill. It's a must. Almost an addiction haha!

The Little Fashion Treasury said...

Had to smile about my english ;)
Typed a few words wrong ...ahhhggghh ;)))))

lenka James said...

I love this mix of colors, its nice to finally see colors this season :)

Lenka James said...

I really enjoy reading fashion books, they are great and give you more efficient advices than some magazines :)

marian said...

I love my wonderful fashion book, it is such a great book!
xx
marian.

rossovelvet said...

Powerful stuff indeed !! ;D