If you’ve read my other column, Pret Reporteur, you know that I’m a fan of fashionable reading. I love cultivating my library of fashion books, which are (artfully!) strewn throughout my apartment. Unlike contemporary sources of fashion inspiration, vintage has to be sought out — it requires special trips to certain shops, and the building process of one’s vintage collection is more akin to purchasing collectibles than just shopping. Thus, I think it’s good for any vintage fashion lover to keep vintage-centric books around for creative inspiration.
Here are a few of my favorites — the must-have reads for any proper vintage aficionado:
I love this book, by fashion designer Bridgett Artise, because it’s about reinvention. One of the most wonderful things about vintage is its reappropriation season after season. Finding ways to morph your favorite vintage wares into contemporized versions of themselves is wonderful for any fashion lover — who isn’t excited about an individual look that can’t be seen anywhere else?
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This book is wonderful for its encyclopedic knowledge. It provides both a plethora of photos and whole worlds of written knowledge about the most iconic vintage fashion. All you need to know about vintage, bound together in one book!
There’s knowing vintage, there’s embodying vintage, and then there’s buying vintage – which is a whole other skill itself. How do you spot true vintage? Where do you go to shop vintage? How do you ensure you’re getting the best bargains…and creating the most chic wardrobe? This amazing guide has every trick you’ll need.
The best thing about this steal of a book is its extensive guide to the top flea markets, vintage shops, and thrift stores all around the country. They’ve done all the work for you! You needn’t even leave your couch (until it’s time to shop).
This is one of my very favorites, because it features vintage fashion illustration. I love seeing the evolution of history’s most iconic looks, directly from the mind of the designer. Technique, color, shape, form, all how each designer originally envisioned their garments. A treat for any vintage lover!
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