I like spending time in bookstores, though sometimes the books are ridiculously overpriced and I know I could save lots of money if I just ordered them from amazon.com. Anyways, me and my mom have a deal now, since she doesn't pay for my hobbies she paid before, that she will pay all these expensive books and magazines that have something to do with fashion. Reading about fashion is one of my favorite things in the world...when I see books filled with text about fashion history et cetera, my heart just jumps because I'd like to read it all in one whim. That's why I also like long interviews and articles in fashion magazines. Self Service is good in this, but nothing beats a book devoted to one thing. Here are my current favorites:
Stefanie Schütte: Famous Women Designers
I'm reading this in Estonian, and it's translated from Germany, I don't know if there's a English translation...Google isn't helpful here. Except that I found review about it from vogue.de but my skills in that language stop with the phrase "Ich bin sieben jahre alt" = ("I'm Seven") so not helpful either. The book has 157 pages, it's paperback and the pictures are all black and white. As the title suggests, this is a book about women designers "from Coco Chanel to Miuccia Prada" and it also has chapter about really famous and powerful editors, Diana Vreeland and Anna Wintour, aswell as introduction with legendary corset-maker Mr. Pearl.
The book is about the life and creations of these powerful figures aswell as about why there are less women designers in the fashion biz and what advantages/disadvantages does being a woman designer have. The book is not heavy nor big, so it's perfect for my bus rides. Coco and Miuccia are not the only designers written about. Elsa Schiaparelli, Madeleine Vionnet, Donna Karan, Jil Sander, Vivienne Westwood, Rei Kawakubo, Stella McCartney, Phoebe Philo et cetera get their own chapters. Very enjoyable and informing.
The second book is made for me, seriously. It goes with the title We Love Magazines and it's "The essential read for anyone with a passion with print" = I had to get this straight away I saw it!!! The book, around 390 pages, was specially created for Colophon2007, a magazine symposium held in Luxembourg (Benelux-countries are the best!!!). The book introduces to 10 independent magazines with picture portfolios and interviews with the founders in each. These include : Carl*s Cars, Frame and Street/Fruits/Tune. It also has a directory of magazines in the end of book with brief information about 1,156 diffrent magazines. The directory is updated in their website, http://www.welovemags.com/ . This is not all: there are essays about advertising, distribution and covers as well as "Great moments", great moments in magazine history, from the launch of Vu magazine to the birth of New York magazine.
One of my favorite part is and essay by Andrew Losowsky and Nicole Van der Burg : Your subscription has been cancelled, which tells about 24 magazines that made the diffrence, but eventually folded e.g The Face, Nova & Avant Garde. This is a subject close to my heart because two of my favorite magazines have folded in the recent years and two pretty good magazines with right attitude they were! Anyways, I am so glad I found this book. It's about a subject that I'm very, very passionate about...