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The 10 Must-Own Fashion Books of 2015

As we come to the end of the year, we’ve decided to handpick ten of our favourite fashion books from the MenswearStyle HQ bookshelf that were published in 2015. Whether you already work in the fashion industry or are currently in education, we’re sure you’ll find a few of these rather useful. 

The Details 

The Details tells the stories behind the ultimate, classic men’s accessories – their heritage and design, the personalities that famously wore them, and how each item has shaped contemporary men’s fashion. From classic diving watches to the simples pocket square, The Details pinpoints the iconic accessories every man should own.

Printed Textile Design 

This book explains the fundamentals of printed textile design, from design brief through to the completed collections, and introduces the basics of colour, drawing, composition and repeat with a series of step-by-step exercise and examples.

The Parisian Gentleman 

Paris has always been seen as the centre of fashion excellence and elegance with leading designers such as Yves Saint Laurent, Chanel and Dior. However, holding women up as a beacon of timeless elegance has cast a shadow over the equally astounding world of menswear. The Parisian Gentleman is here to change this. Celebrating the finesse and devotion to the French artisans and ateliers dedicated to the male style.

Copy, Copy, Copy 

In our novelty-obsessed culture, copying is something that almost always has negative associations, yet history proves an ability to do it well has been the basis of success for many people – from Isaac Newton to Steve Jobs, Elvis Presley to Tsar Peter the Great – with each building upon the efforts and ideas of others.

The Finest Menswear in the World 

The difference between a fine piece of menswear and the finest in the world is minute, yet it is the most seemingly insignificant details that can elevate a garment into something unique and extraordinary. In a world of consumerism, this fine tailoring has become a fading beauty with people taking refuge in familiar brands they know and love. This book aims to bring the luxurious craftsmanship of menswear back into the foreground by deepening our understanding of the industry and enabling us to make more discerning choices.

Editorial Design 

Generously illustrated, including case studies, practical exercises and tips, examples of best practice and profiles of individual designers including Mark Porter, Scott Dadich and Jane Froelich, the book explains the fundamentals of editorial design and layout.

Marketing Fashion 

This book explains key theoretical concepts and illustrates how they are applied within the global fashion and retail industry, from haute couture to the mass market. All tools in the modern marketer’s kit are discussed, from attending fashion fairs to viral marketing and online strategies.

The Sartorialist X 

Scott Schuman is back to complete his trilogy of street-style bibles. From pencils and paintbrushes (iPhones vs Canons), turning catwalk photos upside down, and an ode to his fashion godparents, the authority on street-style photography continues to inspire and create in his broadest collection of images yet. The Sartorialist X spans New York, London, Milan, Peru, Bali, India, and Bhutan, revealing the universality of style and surprising the reader with every turn of the page.

The World According to Karl 

Karl Lagerfeld is a modern master of couture. He is also famously outspoken and well known for his quick and entertaining wit. Sharp and sometimes contradictory, his off-beat musings are passionate and always full of humour. This collection of quotations, his Karlisms, pays homage to the legendary eminence of grise of the fashion world, providing the ultimate repertoire of wit and wisdom from fashion’s sharpest pin.

Pattern Cutting for Menswear 

From the basic skills through to advanced techniques, Pattern Cutting for Menswear includes complete patterns that show how to cut every aspect of menswear. Featuring adaptions from basic blocks through to classic garments and trend-led styles and illustrated throughout, this book contains everything you need to know to cut patterns for today’s menswear market.

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