10 Fashion Memoirs You Need To Read Right Now

Photo Credit:  Jerson Hondall

Photo Credit: Jerson Hondall

By: Emilie Moy

Now that we've hit below freezing temps and have come to terms with the fact that winter isn't ending soon, it gives us ample time to cozy up with a blanket and catch up on the books we've been wanting to read. And because New York Fashion Week is a mere 2 days away, there really isn't a better time to get to know some of the most renowned fashion icons and girl bosses who are #makingit in the industry. Not only are these memoirs inspirational and relatable, but they can also give you helpful advice if you're looking to break into the fashion industry, make a career transition or need that nudge to start on that side hustle.  Because let's face it, no one who's made it has had a smooth road along the way.

Check out our list of 10 fashion memoirs you *need* to read. 

1. My Paris Dream by Kate Betts

The former WWD writer and Vogue editor writes this coming of age memoir reliving her years in Paris after graduating college and how she fell in love with the world of fashion through her Parisian experiences.

2. The Vanity Fair Diaries by Tina Brown

One of the most talked about books of 2017, the former EIC of Vanity Fair shares her diary through her eight years working for the legendary fashion magazine. 

3. D.V. by Diana Vreeland

Legendary fashion icon Diana Vreeland has truly lived it all. In her exciting autobiography, she takes us around the world highlighting how fashion has shaped her every adventure. 

4. How to Murder Your Life: A Memoir by Cat Marnell

Cat Marnell reveals what it was like as a successful, 26-year-old beauty editor at Lucky who was also battling a drug addiction and secretly struggling to stay afloat. She gives us a look at the darker side of her life and the industry that surrounded it. 

5. The Price of Illusion by Joan Juliet Buck

The former Vogue Paris Editor-in-Chief writes about her decades spent living in the best cities in the world depicting truth from illusion as she's surrounded by the world of celebrities and glamour.

6. In My Shoes by Tamara Mellon

The co-founder of Jimmy Choo dives into the beginnings of this iconic footwear brand and the chaos and betrayal that led to her eponymous label. 

7. The Big Life by Ann Shoket

If you're a millennial just starting out in the fashion industry, this book is for you. Ann Shoket offers her well earned advice to millennials based off of her career, from her first job to Editor-in-Chief of Seventeen

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

After spending nearly 40 years as a legendary personal shopper for Bergdorf Goodman, Betty Halbreich's wisdom is unparalleled as she's trusted by the most elite stylists in the industry for style advice.

9. Grace by Grace Coddington

As former Creative Director of VOGUE, there isn't much that Grace could say that isn't iconic. Her memoir gives us a look inside the magazine's most memorable photo shoots all while following this editor's fierce dedication to the industry. 

10. My Journey by Donna Karan

In this deeply personal memoir, Donna Karan shares details about her childhood, two marriages, four decades as a renowned fashion designer, and her quest for spiritual peace and self-acceptance.


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