There are so many great books on the market now that it can be hard to know which are absolutely essential reads. We gathered our top 3 favourite books about fashion that are being released in 2019 and are keen to share our finds with you.
«Franca: Chaos and Creation»
Release date: March, 2019
In continuation of the documentary film about Franca Sozzani filmed by her son Francesco, Assouline publishing house is releasing a book of the same name – «Franca: Chaos and Creation». Franca led the Italian Vogue for almost three decades. She was one of the first in the glossy magazine industry to raise topics that fashion magazines avoided: domestic violence, drug addiction, rehabilitation. And, of course, she always supported young talent. It was Franca who discovered Peter Lindbergh, Bruce Weber, Paolo Roversi and Steven Meisel.
Franca also shot a lot of dark-skinned models, and in 2008 she dedicated a whole issue to the beauty of black women and Africa (today it is sold for $2,500). The weighty book contains memoirs of Sozzaní’s colleagues, designers, models and photographers, pictures from her personal archives, as well as Lindbergh, Weber and Meisel’s photographs. Seems to me that is is going to be one of my favourite new books about fashion.
«What Men Wear and Why»
Already sold at Browns
In early January, the men’s magazine Fantastic Man presented a book on the style of modern men. The editors prepared 50 interviews with men from different areas of life. Musician Devendra Banhart, artist Grayson Perry, hairdresser Sam McKnight, producers, buyers and IT developers discuss menswear and each of them identifies items in their wardrobes without which they cannot live. These can be anything from cargo pants, sweat suit, tweed jacket or a hat. Designers Stefano Pilati, Paul Smith and Charles Jeffrey share their opinions about menswear as well. Interestingly, there are no photographs or illustrations: the book demands maximum attention from the reader.
«Bill Cunningham: On the Street»
Release date: September, 2019
It was easy to recognize him on the streets of New York: a blue jacket from a workwear store, a bicycle, and a Nikon camera. The average passer-by could have interested Cunningham more than the guest of Met Gala. Bill had no racial prejudice; he was also one of the first to cover the life of the gay community. The legendary photographer who, in fact, invented street style, began working for the New York Times in 1978. Bill photographed almost every day of his life until his passing in 2016. The new book contains hundreds of Cunningham’s photographs for the New York Times, published and unpublished. Anna Wintour, Vanessa Friedman, Cathy Horyn and other colleagues share their memories of him too.
Would you be reading any of these books about fashion?
Text: Irina Gorskaia
Images: WWD, Amazon