Editors’ Pick: Great Fashion Reads for the Summer

It’s finally summer and after a painfully harsh winter in New York, everyone is eager to head to the beach or a pool to soak up some rays! There’s no better way to relax when sunbathing that curling up with a good book. So, pack up some sunscreen and a couple bottles of water, Fashion Reverie has some literary suggestions that will delight any bookworm.

Thing of Beauty: The Tragedy of Supermodel Gia by Stephen Fried  Paperback $9.99

In 1978 Gia Carangi arrived in New York having been signed by Wilhelmina Models. She quickly skyrocketed to the top of fashion world. Considered by many to be the first supermodel, Gia set the stage for the model as superstar. Tragically, just 8 years later at the young age of 26, Gia Carangi would succumb to an AIDS–related infection, having acquired the virus while addicted to heroin. Drawing on hundreds of interviews with Gia’s family, lovers, friends, and colleagues, Thing of Beauty creates a poignant portrait of an unforgettable character—and a powerful narrative about beauty and sexuality, fame and objectification, mothers and daughters, love and death.

Grace: A memoir by Grace Coddington Kindle $5.99 Hardcover $16.58

The 2009 acclaimed documentary The September Issue was intended as a way to rehabilitate Anna Wintour’s reputation after the release of the book and film The Devil Wears Prada. Instead, “The September Issue” generated interest in Vogue creative director Grace Coddington whose passion for art had her stealing every scene. Delightfully underscored by Coddington’s own pen-and-ink illustrations, Grace: A Memoir will introduce readers to the colorful designers, hairstylists, makeup artists, photographers, models, and celebrities with whom Grace has created her signature images.

Alexander McQueen: Blood Underneath the Skin by Andrew Wilson Kindle $13.99 Paperback $11.00

Born to a taxi driver in east London, Alexander McQueen rose to extraordinary heights in the fashion world, creating a multi-million dollar luxury brand beloved by celebrities like Lady Gaga and Naomi Campbell. But behind the confident facade and bad-boy image, lay a sensitive soul who struggled to survive in the ruthless world of fashion. As the pressures of work intensified, McQueen became increasingly dependent on the drugs that contributed to his tragic end.

Manolo Blahnik and the Tale of the Elves and the Shoemaker: A Fashion Fairy Tale Memoir by Camilla Morton Hardcover $14.89

The legendary shoemaker Manolo Blahnik reimagines the fairy tale weaving his own personal details into the classic story. This creates a fun account of Blahnik rise to glory with words by best selling author Camilla Morton and featuring pen and ink illustrations by Blahnik himself.

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Shocking Life by Elsa Schiaparelli Kindle $13.99 Hardcover $26.90

Elsa Schiaparelli is the stuff of legend. Schiaparelli collaborated with artists including Jean Cocteau, Alberto Giacometti, and Salvador Dalí to create extraordinary garments such as the Dalí Lobster Dress.  Her clients included everyone from Katherine Hepburn to Marlene Dietrich. Her designs appeared in more than 30 films. This fascinating memoir chronicles her life and work as the groundbreaking dressmaker in the 20’s, 30’s, and 40’s.

—Cameron Rose Grey

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