Chanel and Her World: Friends, Fashion, and Fame, by Edmonde Charles-Roux, 2005. A pictorial biography of Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel (1883–1971).
Hot Pink: The Life & Fashions of Elsa Schiaparelli, by Susan Goldman Rubin, 2015. Presents the life and accomplishments of the fashion designer, from her early life of poverty, to her successes in the Paris fashion world, her collaboration with well-known artists of her day, and the influence of her innovative designs on later fashion.
The Fashion Book, by Alexandra Black, 2014. A sassy style guide for teenage girls shares insight into the fashion world and how to personalize one’s appearance for best results, chronicling fashion trends throughout history while sharing practical tips from top designers and models.
Jimmy Choo (Profiles in Fashion), by Kerrily Sapet, 2011. This introduction to both an exemplary designer and to the fashion business includes a time line, source notes, and recommended resources
Read My Pins: Stories From a Diplomat’s Jewel Box, by Madeleine Albright, 2009. The first woman U.S. Secretary of State tells stories surrounding her pin collection, describing the pin not just as a piece of jewelry, but a badge of individuality, a vibrant vehicle for telling a story, and even a diplomatic tool for delivering messages to world leaders, politicians, and the public.
Why’d They Wear That?: Fashion as the Mirror of History, by Sarah Albee, 2015. A narrative chronicle of fashion through the ages describes the outrageous, politically perilous, and life-threatening creations people have worn in different historical eras, from spats and togas to hoop skirts and hair shirts.