The Best Fashion Autobiographies To Read Now

Looking for a bit of distraction? From inspiring advice from some of the most successful women in the business to behind-the-scenes intel on the industry’s biggest brands and magazines, these are the fashion autobiographies and biographies to binge over the next few weeks...

Champagne Supernovas: Kate Moss, Marc Jacobs, Alexander McQueen, and the 90s Renegades Who Remade Fashion by Maureen Callahan 

Veteran style and pop culture journalist Maureen Callahan reveals the stories of the 90s biggest stars in this tell-all. From the rise of the original supermodels, to why Kate and Johnny Depp broke up, dive deep into the gritty, glamorous lives of the biggest stars of the decade.

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The Vanity Fair Diaries: 1983–1992 by Tina Brown

The legendary editor published her memoirs in 2018, documenting Brown’s rise from party girl journalist on the British circuit to EIC of Vanity Fair in New York. Expect a fresh perspective on the magazine industry, inspiring tales of balancing a top job with motherhood, and a fascinating insight into quite how different the world was 40 years ago.

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The Woman I Wanted To Be by Diane Von Furstenberg

Often cited as one of the most inspiring autobiographies out there, Diane Von Furstenberg walks you through her life, first as a new princess of a billionaire-euro party scene, later as a business woman, designer and leader, signposting every chapter with advice, guidance and tips on becoming the woman you want to be.

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Inside Vogue: My Diary Of Vogue's 100th Year: A Diary of My 100th Year by Alexandra Shulman

After 25 years at the helm of British Vogue, Shulman stepped away in early 2018, leaving on a high after celebrating the publication’s 100th year. From nabbing the Duchess of Cambridge for a cover to working with Alexa, VB et al, the journalist reveals what life was like at the most revered magazine in the industry in its most glorious year.

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Older but Better, but Older: From the authors of How To Be Parisian by Caroline de Maigret & Sophie Mas

A poster girl for effortless Parisian style, Caroline de Maigret is well placed to give advice on aging gracefully. One for anyone who’s ever felt envious of that disheveled, cool, elegant French look, with fun, witty advice straight from the horse’s mouth.

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Bon Mots by Alezander Vreeland & Luke Edward Hall

A collection of iconic editor Diana Vreeland’s punchiest, sagest words of wisdom, her grandson Alexander Vreeland sourced and collected her archived work and most famous quotes for this lively book, illustrated by darling of the interiors world Luke Edward Hall.

Available here from 24th March

Gods and Kings: The Rise and Fall of Alexander McQueen and John Galliano by Dana Thomas

Much like Champagne Supernovas, this biography explores the stratospheric rise, and the subsequent disastrous fall, of two of the fashion industry’s brightest stars. Within a year of one another, McQueen had committed suicide and Galliano was disgraced – this tome looks at how the industry was to blame for their respective downfalls.

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Grace: A Memoir by Grace Coddington

She was one of fashion’s most important behind-the-scenes players, until The September Issue thrust her into the spotlight. In this fascinating memoir, Grace Coddington reveals what life was like as one of the most revered stylists in the industry, peppering her stories with throw-back photos and inside info on how she pulled together some of Vogue’s most spell-binding shoots.

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I'll Drink to That: A Life in Style, with a Twist by Betty Halbreich

At 86 years old, Betty Halbreich spent over 40 years as a personal shopper at legendary department store Bergdorf Goodman. Something of an icon in her own right, her memoir reveals her experiences dressing some of the most famous people in the world, alongside helpful advice for finding your own style.

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