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What are some good resources for learning about fashion history and the industry?(r/thebachelor)
These are my absolute favorite books about fashion history/the industry:
- The End of Fashion: The Mass Marketing of the Clothing Business Forever by Teri Agins. Honestly the best book for understanding changes in the contemporary fashion space, from “why is fast fashion so shitty?” to “why is it hard to avoid sweatshops?” to “why do trends change so quickly?” to “why don’t they make clothes like they used to?”…essentially, 50% of all the big existential-angst questions I see on FFA about The Mysterious Foibles of the Fashion Industry are addressed by this book. It takes on so many angles—how the industry has changed in terms of manufacturing process, marketing process, the press process…from here, I’d also recommend Deluxe: How Luxury Lost Its Luster and Overdressed: The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion, but the Teri Agins book is, imo, the most comprehensive for an industry overview.
- Fashion: 150 Years of Couturiers, Designers, Labels by Charlotte Seeling. Excellent overview of the most influential and frequently mentioned designers, brands, personalities in fashion; also tremendously useful for a decade-by-decade overview of major fashion influences and themes. It’s also a great jumping-off point into other areas of interest! For example, if you fall…