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As Heidi Klum says on Project Runway, “In fashion, you’re either in or you’re out.” In honor of the show’s return next week, and the fact that today is the birthday of fashion designer Oscar de la Renta, we’re presenting several resources on fashion design. In our collection, we’ve put together biographies of famous designers, histories of fashion, and a few resources on how to become your own stylist. Even if you’re not the best seamstress/tailor, we hope you’ll “make it work” for you!


Fashion Designers by Pamela Golbin

Fashion: The 50 Most Influential Fashion Designers of All Time by Bonnie English

Front Row: Anna Wintour, the Cool life and Hot Times of Vogue’s Editor in Chief by Jerry Oppenheimer

The Gospel According to Coco Chanel: Life Lessons from the World’s Most Elegant Woman by Karen Karbo

Icons of Fashion: The 20th Century

Mommy Dressing: A Love Story, After a Fashion by Lois Gould

Ralph Lauren: The Man, the Vision, the Style by Colin McDowell

Threads: My Life Behind the Seams in the High-Stakes World of Fashion by Joseph Abboud

The Towering World of Jimmy Choo: A Glamorous Story of Power, Profits, and the Pursuit of the Perfect Shoe by Lauren Goldstein Crowe

Vivienne Westwood: Fashion, Perversity, and the Sixties Laid Bare by Fred Vermorel



The Beautiful Fall: Fashion, Genius, and Glorious Excess in 1970’s Paris by Alicia Drake

The Complete Book of Oscar Fashion: Variety’s 75 years of Glamour on the Red Carpet by Reeve Chace

The Complete History of Costume & Fashion: From Ancient Egypt to the Present Day by Bronwyn Cosgrave

Contemporary Fashion

Fashion: A History from the 18th to the 20th Century

The Illustrated Encyclopaedia of Costume and Fashion: From 1066 to the Present by Jack Cassin-Scott

Let There be Clothes: 40,000 Years of Fashion by Lynn Edelman Schnurnberger

Dressed: A Century of Hollywood Costume Design by Deborah Nadoolman Landis

Understanding Fashion History by Valerie Cumming



Details Men’s Style Manual: The Ultimate Guide for Making Your Clothes Work for You by Daniel Peres

Fierce Style: How to be Your Most Fabulous Self by Christian Siriano

How to be a Budget Fashionista: The Ultimate Guide to Looking Fabulous for Less by Kathryn Finney

How to be a Hepburn in a Hilton World: The Art of Living with Style, Class, and Grace by Jordan Christy

The Little Pink Book of Elegance: The Modern Girl’s Guide to Living With Style by Jodi Kahn

The One Hundred: A Guide to the Pieces Every Stylish Woman Must Own by Nina Garcia

Queer Eye for the Straight Guy: The Fab 5’s Guide to Looking Better, Cooking Better, Dressing Better, Behaving Better, and Living Better

Style Clinic: How to Look Fabulous All the Time, at Any Age, for Any Occasion by Paula Reed

Tim Gunn: A Guide to Quality, Taste, & Style by Tim Gunn

What to Wear for the Rest of Your Life: Ageless Secrets of Style by Kim Johnson Gross

3 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Susan Vineyard on July 27, 2010 at 9:22 pm

    Making Rounds With Oscar by Dr. David Dosa
    Dr. Dosa is very skeptical at first when the nurse tells him that Oscar the cat is going into the rooms of the patients in a care facility for dementia patients and that he is staying with those patients that are about to die. Dr. Dosa becomes a believer as the story goes on and he visits with the family members about how they feel about Oscar and what he does.


  2. Posted by Susan Vineyard on July 27, 2010 at 9:26 pm

    Working in the Shadows by Gabriel Thompson
    Gabriel gives first hand accounts of what it is like to pick lettuce with a seasonal migrant crew. Work in a chicken meatpacking plant is described in graphic detail. He also tells of being a floral delivery person and as a food delivery person. Mr. Thompson takes on the jobs that Americans say nobody wants and works side by side with migrant workers in some pretty deplorable conditions. He sheds light on how hard the work is, why the people do it and how they are mistreated by some employers.


  3. Posted by Susan Vineyard on July 27, 2010 at 9:30 pm

    Mark Twain: Man in White by Michael Sheldon
    This is a biography of Twain in his final years and how he shocks society by suddenly donning white suits. He fights for copyright laws that would protect his works so that his daughter will be provided for. Twain plays practical jokes along with his buddy Henry Rogers of Standard Oil. He is greatly honored to receive an honorary degree from Oxford University. Twain is always doing something to get a rise out of other people.


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