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No Bedtime Stories: Four Fashion Books to Devour

Succeeding in fashion requires being a kind of sponge, absorbing divergent elements from all around to transform them into unfathomable ideas and creations. Reading is one of the best ways to learn about the world. Fashion School Daily checked in with Academy student Jenna Falzone, MA Fashion Journalism to find out what books have kept her up at night.

Killing Monica by Candace Bushnell

Legendary author of Sex and the City dropped this beauty last year and no, this book is NOT about killing Carrie! Killing Monica is about fame, pop culture, fashion and getting out of the public eye. Candace Bushnell is my favorite fashion-forward writer so it was only a matter of time before I picked up this book. However, I truly fell in love with it and have read it over and over since.

Where’s Karl? A Fashion-Forward Parody by Stacey Caldwell and Ajiri Aki

This children’s book caught my eye in the gift shop at the Columbus Museum of Art! I couldn’t resist. This is Where’ Waldo for the fashion industry and features other celebrities and designers such as the Olsen twins and even Kim and Kanye. It’s a great book to enjoy with the kiddos if you want to introduce them to the fashion world, or, if you are like me, to indulge in it yourself.

Influence by Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen

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Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen have been my idols since birth. Influence offers candid interviews with designers such as Karl Lagerfeld and John Galliano while guiding us through the twins’ creative fashion process. Not only is this a great and insightful read but it makes for a beautiful coffee table book, too!

Tales From The Back Row by Amy Odell

I am obsessed with this book! I have read it three times already. It offers essays on what it is like to be a young professional in the fashion industry. Author Amy Odell brings to life the intimidating yet fearless world of fashion for her readers. If you liked Devil Wears Prada, you will LOVE this. I know I did.

What a cool list! Let us know what books you are reading so we can add them to the Fashion School Daily library.

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