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7 fashion books to transform you into a style icon

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What do you read when you absolutely love fashion? Get inspired by these stellar women who know how to live, love and dress well. Here are seven fashion books that will help you tap into the style icon within you.

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Women in Clothes

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In Women in Clothes, a diverse group of women share their insights on personal style, diving deeply into why they wear what they wear. Whether for self-expression, as a political statement or even to have a sense of belonging, writers, artists and activists such as Lena Dunham, Tavi Gevinson, Cindy Sherman and Kim Gordon share their most incisive thoughts on their choice in clothing.

Champagne Supernovas

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Champagne Supernovas is a glimpse of 90s fashion as told through the stories of Kate Moss, Alexander McQueen and Marc Jacobs, describing the pop culture landscape at the time. From Kate Moss and Johnny Depp’s breakup, to exclusive stories of the most famous personalities of the time like Anna Sui, Isaac Mizrahi and Jane Pratt, a dazzling picture of time is painted through their colorful tales.

Culture to Catwalk

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Featuring both street style and traditional garb from 38 countries around the globe, this book showcases the way these styles are impacting fashion and designers. Culture to Catwalk also delves into the industry by looking at the effects of globalization, fast fashion and consumerism and also talks to designers and brands like Rei Kawakubo and Hussein Chalayan.

The Little Dictionary of Fashion

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Want to know Christian Dior’s style secrets? This handbook covers it all—from how to tie a scarf to what to wear to a wedding, it’s full of classic tips that will serve you at every occasion. Simplicity, grooming and good taste are the tenets of his style tips.

How To Be Parisian Wherever You Are

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What does it mean to be a Parisienne? Hear it from four accomplished and beautiful French women. They describe first dates, parties, jaunts to the country and intimate dinners at home in their book How To Be Parisian Wherever You Are. Get to know how they go about their lives, how they dress, and how they feel about weddings and children.

Love Style Life

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If you love Garancé Doré’s blog, then you will love her book Love Style Life. Combining illustrations, photography and nuggets of wisdom from traveling and living her life, it’s a peek behind the scenes of the glitz and glamor of fashion. She shares everything from style advice to life and career advice in her signature fresh and candid voice.

Paris Street Style

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When one thinks of high fashion, Paris comes to mind immediately—but what about their street style? A blend of effortless cool and ‘je ne sais quoi,’ Parisian street style is dissected and showcased through interviews with industry experts, beautiful hand-drawn sketches, and striking photography in Paris Street Style.

Which of these fashion books will be a mainstay on your coffee table? From quick reads to timeless classics, these fashion books will be sure to inspire the style icon within you.

Jessica Walrack is a gal from California who loves to write. She has been freelance writing for 4 years while traveling the world. Jessica specializes in travel, fashion. health, and all things beauty-related.