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It’s Fashion Week: books to make you think

Book cover courtesy of SyndeticsI love fashion and I love fashion week. But with fast fashion causing 10% of carbon emissions (predicted to rise to 25% if nothing changes) according to the United Nations Environment Project, now is as good a time as any to think about how the clothes we love affect the world we live in. It’s important to do your own reading, though: this is a contentious issue, where privilege, monetary concerns and environmental matters intersect. This is just what Wellington Libraries has; there’s plenty more out there!

Book cover courtesy of SyndeticsWardrobe crisis : how we went from Sunday best to fast fashion is a good overview – written by a fashion insider- of how the fashion industry encourages consumption, where fast fashion started, and some interesting suggestions on how to change your own fashion habits. I haven’t had the chance to read Fashionopolis: The Price Of Fast Fashion & The Future Of Clothes as it’s a new order but it has got good reviews so it’s a must read on the costs of being on-trend.

Book cover courtesy of SyndeticsChange is in the air, though. Slow fashion : aesthetics meets ethics showcases new companies and new approaches to making fashion ecologically and socially friendly. If you want to apply these to your own wardrobe, there’s The Conscious Closet : The Revolutionary Guide to Looking Good While Doing Good, another new order, which will focus on personal changes. My own favourite is Craft of Use: post-growth fashion, which has many inspiring stories of clothes that endure.

Book cover courtesy of SyndeticsSecondhand/thrift shopping is another way to maximize your look while being eco (and budget) friendly: Thriftstyle : the ultimate bargain shopper’s guide to smart fashion has some great tips and is a great read.

Book cover courtesy of SyndeticsDIY is becoming more and more popular, so if sewing your own clothes is a bit too intimidating, try mending the ones you have: Mending matters which teaches you how to repair your denim, and Visible mending : artful stitchery to repair and refresh your favorite things are great places to start.

Book cover courtesy of SyndeticsThen you could try altering your clothes: DIY wardrobe makeovers : alter, refresh & refashion your clothes is amazing. I also love Stylish remakes which has some really cool ideas about how to change up what you already have. Then there’s Simple tailoring & alterations, a more technique-heavy book which will instruct you on how to hem and alter.

If you do want to start making your own clothes, we have so many books to help you get going. Dewey numbers 646 (sewing) and 746 (textile arts, which include knitting and crochet) are good places to get started.

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By fashion editor Giovanna Battaglia, Gio_Graphy is very fashion and very fun, and the perfect holiday indulgence.

Syndetics book coverGio_graphy : fun in the wild world of fashion / Giovanna Battaglia.
“A witty guide to living the glam the life from an international style star, featuring hilarious anecdotes, fashion advice, and much more. Dubbed a “cyber icon” and “fashion heroine” by the New York Times, Italian fashion editor and stylist Giovanna Battaglia is known for her colorful street style and fun-loving personality. Her monthly column in W chronicles fashion, art, and adventure. In this, her first book, she has written an irreverent how-to guide for dressing for every occasion, finding fashion inspiration, living stylishly, and having fun while doing it. Covering style and beauty for daytime, nighttime, travel, and work, this book is brimming with chic and inspirational wisdom, from how to pull off bold fashion moves like barely-there tops, enormous hats, and powerful reds; advice for how to survive fashion emergencies (like what happens when you show up to an event in the same dress as someone else); and her secrets for donning multiple outfits in a day (bodysuits are key). Also featured are tips and tricks she has learned from fashion-world friends such as Carolina Herrera, Derek Blasberg, Hamish Bowles, and Anna Dello Russo. Filled with humor and style, this is a must-have book for anyone interested in fashion and having a good time”–Publisher’s description.

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Attn: RuPaul fans! Find all your fave drag artists and meet some new ones in Drags. Like the queens themselves, this book is beautiful, fun and totally glam.

Syndetics book coverDrags / photographed by Gregory Kramer ; designed by Rachel Bernstein.
“-A photo series documenting the drag queens and kings of New York City, through glamorous black-and-white photographs -Appeals to photography and popular culture book buyers and collectors, as well as national and international LGBTQ communities, fashion enthusiasts, and fashion boutiques/home decor stores -Beautifully designed coffee table book Drags is a photo series documenting the drag queens and kings of New York City, shot by director/photographer Gregory Kramer. Presented in the style of classic fashion portraiture, the collection features legends – and up-and-coming legends – in glamorous black and white, full-length studio portraits. Inspired by Irving Penn, each photo brings out the spirit of the performer through subtle pose, gesture and facial expression. Included in the volume are five stories written by vital pillars of the scene. Charles Busch writes about how it feels to be in drag and his utmost respect for female role models, Sasha Velour speaks about the magic and transformative power of drag as an art form, Linda Simpson comments on the generational shift in the community, Goldie Peacock presents a distinct point of view from a drag king, while Sweetie pays homage to the queens who’ve come before.” (Syndetics summary)

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Nail your scandi look with Pernille Teisbæk’s Dress Scandinavian. You’ll be instantly more chic and edgy (trust us).

Syndetics book coverDress Scandinavian / Pernille Teisbæk.
“Scandinavia has long been the home of outstanding interior design and classic fashion brands and no one personifies modern Danish cool as well as fashion industry stylist, blogger and model Pernille Teisbaek.

In her gorgeous first book Pernille offers professional tips on how to create a minimalist wardrobe and look, mix and match patterns successfully, adopt androgynous looks or new colour combinations, try out new materials and mix fabrics, plus plenty of timeless fashion advice such as a jeans-fit guide and essential Dos and Don’ts. Her beauty chapter reveals Pernille’s capsule survival kit and how to achieve her natural look.

Pernille also covers pared-back Scandinavian home design with an eye on balancing elegant simplicity and minimalism with inviting homeliness and warmth, or hygge, and inspirational pictures.

A perfect gift for all Scandi lovers and anyone wanting insider advice from one of fashion’s most stylish experts.” (Syndetics summary)

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The World Atlas of Street Fashion is basically a dictionary of fashion that will introduce you to styles like seapunk, flogger and junglist. Guaranteed to raise a few eyebrows, this book features global street style like you’ve never seen before.

Syndetics book coverThe world atlas of street fashion / Caroline Cox.
“An extensively researched and generously illustrated volume offering a striking and diverse portrait of street style in cities and cultures around the world. Organized by continent and with 600 color images, The World Atlas of Street Fashion examines street style in all its global diversity. Through its extensive research, striking photography, and handsome design, World Atlas of Street Fashion is the essential resource on world street style.” (adapted from syndetics summary)

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John Galliano Unseen features the most amazing photos of his work and has a super lush layer of satin over the cover – so glam! If you want to take this out, we recommend bringing your Extra Large Library Bag because this is an Extra Large Book. It’s well worth the lugging though 👌

Syndetics book coverJohn Galliano : unseen / Robert Fairer ; introduction and collection texts by Claire Wilcox ; with a preface by André Leon Talley.
“A striking, sumptuous portfolio of catwalk and behind-the-scene images of John Galliano’s highly creative collections for his eponymous label. Robert Fairer’s long stint as backstage photographer for Vogue gives him a unique perspective, and his exquisite photographs of Galliano’s collections, many of which are published here for the first time, offer insights into the extravagance and playfulness of one of the world’s most flamboyant, innovative, and controversial fashion designers at the zenith of his career.” (adapted from syndetics summary)

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This book is shelved in the travel section, but don’t be fooled! It’s the ultimate glam fashion read, featuring all the most chic places to visit in Paris. The pages are gold-edged (yes really) and the illustrations are so gorgeous you’ll want to hang them on your wall.

Syndetics book coverParis : through a fashion eye / Megan Hess.
“Paris is an illustrated guide to one of the world’s most-loved fashion cities by one of the world’s most-successful fashion illustrators. In the second of her series of books on classic fashion destinations, Megan Hess takes you on a super stylish adventure through the French capital, showing you the best places for a fashionista to eat, sleep, shop and play – all illustrated in her inimitable, elegant style.

Megan’s tour reveals where fashion icons such as Coco Chanel, Karl Lagerfield, Chistian Dior and Louis-Francois Cartier worked and played, the top restaurants, hotels, boutiques and sites to visit, as well as Megan’s own personal favorite places to shop. This is a must-have insider’s guide to Paris for any fashion lover or Francophile.” (Syndetics summary)

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Become a conscious consumer with help from Dress [with] Sense! Getting a greener wardrobe is made super easy with advice from bloggers, activists, producers and models. And don’t be put off; it’s broken down into small steps which feel (and are) really achievable.

Syndetics book coverDress [with] sense / Christina Dean, Hannah Lane, Sofia Tarneberg (Redress) ; illustrated by Charlotte Trounce.
“As part of a growing global awareness of the importance of eco-conscious living, both for the planet and as a means of promoting fair labor practices, more people than ever before are seeking to dress in an environmentally friendly way. On a broader scale, initiatives to promote a more sustainable approach to fashion have made headlines and grown like never before, from the release of the high-profile documentary The True Cost to the launch of the worldwide “Fashion Revolution” campaign.This timely book is organized into four chapters–Buy, Wear, Care, and Dispose–each containing a short introduction with essential information followed by practical tips and illustrated case studies to help you make the first step toward a more sustainable wardrobe. A detailed reference section recommends not only the best ethical fashion labels and collections but also eco-friendly fabrics, standards, and certifications; cleaning methods; renting, swapping, and recycling initiatives; and much more.” (Syndetics summary)

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Get ready for the sweetest illustrations ever! The author of Know Your Style loves patterns, prints and bold colours, making this book a total dream to flick through. (She also champions flat shoes and layered jewellery; swoon).

Syndetics book coverKnow your style : mix it, match it, love it / Alyson Walsh ; artwork by Ayumi Takahashi.
“The biggest fashion conundrum is ‘what goes with what?’ What kind of jewelry goes with certain outfits, what are the best colors to coordinate, what combinations should be avoided, what shoes should be worn with different pant styles, what’s in fashion, and does it really matter? Style maven Alyson Walsh offers simple style formula’s and playful advice to ensure that no matter what you’re wearing, you always look perfectly put together. Chapters cover workwear, weekend wear, layering, tailoring and special events, preparing you for any fashion occasion. Interviews with iconic, creative women take the reader through their favorite outfits in detail and give tips on honing personal style.” (Syndetics summary)

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This book is GORGEOUS and is full of cute ways to rock a white shirt (or tshirt or tank or singlet). The illustrations are top-notch as well.

Syndetics book coverThe art of the white shirt : over 30 ways to wear a white t-shirt, blouse or shirt / illustrated by Libby VanderPloeg.
“White shirts are a classic – they can be dressed up or down, be worn fitted, cropped, or tight, with skirts or jeans, or just on their own, if you’re feeling daring!The Art of the White Shirt is a fun, inspirational book on how to make the most of your white t-shirts, blouses, or shirts. Dress up your white T with some boyfriend jeans, a statement necklace, and a sexy pair of stilettos, or wear it casually with a pair of culottes and your favorite sneakers. Try wearing your white shirt backwards for a fashion statement, or go for a classic look and wear it under your favorite cashmere sweater. Learn how to transform your wardrobe staple with accessories, some key wardrobe pieces, and a little bit of imagination. Beautifully illustrated and featuring 50 ingenious ideas,The Art of the White Shirt is a delightful book.” (Syndetics summary)

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