Between the shelves in my office and those in our design team’s area, our walls are packed floor to ceiling with books that inspire us season after season. There are some books that are dog-eared and have hot pink Post-It notes sticking out for easy reference. Others are carefully kept and read every few years. Some are about the actual technicalities of design; others are about the personalities — the glamour icons and behind-the-scenes tsars; there are art, textile and photography titles and a few travel tomes, too. To kick off our 2015 Book Issue, here is a look at what’s on our fashion library shelf (at least part of it).

  1. Yves Klein, 1928-1962;: Selected Writings by Yves Klein
  2. I Just Arrived in Paris by Juergen Teller and Nicolas Ghesquière
  3. Vogue The Editor’s Eye by the Condé Nast Editors
  4. Marisa Berenson: A Life in Pictures by Marisa Berenson
  5. Shocking! The Art and Fashion of Elsa Schiaparelli by Dilys E. Blum
  6. W: Stories by Stefano Tonchi
  7. Yves Saint Laurent: A Moroccan Passion by Pierre Bergé
  8. V&A Patterns book series (William Morris, Indian Florals, etc.)
  9. Grace: A Memoir by Grace Coddington
  10. Women in Clothes by Sheila Heti, Heidi Julavits and Leanne Shapton
  11. Avedon Fashion 1944-2000 by Carol Squiers, Vince Aletti, Philippe Garner and Willis Hartshorn
  12. D.V. by Diana Vreeland
  13. Seven Sisters Style: The All-American Preppy Look by Rebecca C. Tuite
  14. The Glass of Fashion: A Personal History of Fifty Years of Changing Tastes and the People Who Have Inspired Them by Cecil Beaton
  15. Ascher: Fabric-Art-Fashion by Valerie D. Mendes
  16. Kate Moss by Mario Testino by Mario Testino
  17. Chic Savages by John Fairchild
  18. Fashion Illustration by Fashion Designers by Laird Borrelli
  19. Street Style by Ted Polhemus
  20. Hotel Il Pellicano 40 years of History, edited by Robert Violette
  21. Ballet Russes by Andre Tubeuf
  22. The Impossible Collection of Fashion by Valerie Steele
  23. Peter Beard, edited by Nejma Beard
  24. Yinka Shonibare MBE by Anthony Downey

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Tory Burch photographed by X17 Agency, Grace by Grace Coddington

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