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#OffTheRack: India’s top designers pick their favourite books on fashion

These page-turners will help you up your fashion IQ

brunch Updated: Aug 05, 2017 22:11 IST
Samreen Tungekar
Samreen Tungekar
Hindustan Times
payal khandwala,payal jain,david abraham
Here’s what these designers recommend you to read if fashion literature is your thing

1. Payal Khandwala

Payal Khandwala

I think the one book you must read is Pleats Please by Issey Miyake. Because it is art, fashion, photography, science, math, technology, drama, theatre all rolled into one. It is that perfect flight of fantasy, impossible to resist!

2. Rocky S

Rocky S

My recommendation would be my all-time favourite – 100 years of Fashion by Cally Blackman. Although it isn’t highly textual, the book takes you on a journey; the transformation of fashion and its diversity in pictures. It, most importantly, makes you understand the power of clothing, the significance of expression that it carries and the diverse cultures it showcases.

3. Payal Jain

Payal Jain

If there is one book that will inspire you forever in the world of fashion, it must be Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty by Andrew Bolton. It covers the most incredible installation of the life and works of Alexander McQueen, an artist who was years ahead of his time and can never be replaced for his place in the world of fashion.

4. Nishka Lulla

Nishka Lulla

My pick would be The Sartorialist: X by Scott Schuman because he shares street style images from all over the world which focus on everyday life fashion. And as a designer, I am inspired by everyday life and travel.

5. David Abraham

David Abraham

One book that I really liked is Diana Vreeland’s autobiography D.V. It’s about her life, her time in fashion as the Harper’s Bazaar and Vogue editor-in-chief and it is a good insight into the formative years of the fashion world, when the whole concept of fashion was evolving. It has good ideas of style and it’s written with a great sense of humour too!

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First Published: Aug 05, 2017 22:11 IST