BOOK CLUB // The Fashion Book

The new edition of The Fashion Book takes a fresh look at the fashion world and the people who created and inspired it. The selection included spans over two centuries, with the whole industry represented, pioneering designers Coco Chanel and Issey Miyake are joined by figures such as Alexander Wang and Phoebe Philo, alongside influential photographers from Richard Avedon and Helmut Newton to Mert & Marcus and Terry Richardson.

Filled with iconic and inspirational images, The Fashion Book is an A-Z guide to over 570 clothing and accessory designers, photographers, stylists, schools, models and editors, as well as the icons who instigated or symbolise an entire style or movement. The book cuts through the usual classifications by creating juxtapositions that make fascinating and unlikely partnerships, the exotic Lady Gaga sits opposite Christian Lacroix, while Tom Ford rubs shoulders with wunderkind Nicola Formichetti.

Every entry includes an image that illustrates a key aspect of the subject’s work, alongside a short text detailing essential information about the creator and their influence. The Fashion Book now also features a detailed and up-to-date chronology and a simple cross-referencing system making it easy to find the collaborations and connections that epitomise this singular business that exists between art and commerce.