Books on Style, Fashion, Beauty

Young Woman Reading. Painting by Jean Honoré Fragonard.

Young Woman Reading. Painting by Jean Honoré Fragonard.

There are many good, even great, books on style, fashion history, beauty and other, related, subjects. Unfortunately, finding them can pose something of a challenge.

Well, challenges are made to be met! Our staff is happy to review the best books on style, fashion, beauty and hair. We'll help you find books which are not only good, but which will help you achieve whatever goal you've set for yourself.

We'll also include interesting articles, essays and poems in the public domain.

Some reviews are cross-listed when they fit more than one category.


Beauty

The Looks Book by Drill, McDonald and Odes - A

(Auto-)Biography

Edie: Girl on Fire by Weisman and Painter - C-

Three Autobiographies by Lydia Lunch - A-/B-

Clothing

Oscar Fashion by Reeve Chace - F

Altered Clothing by Kathleen Maggio - B+

Men's Style: The Thinking Man's Guide to Dress by Russell Smith - A-

Comics, Manga, Graphic Novels

Miwako from Paradise Kiss. Photo from Otaku Hideaway.

Johnny the Homicidal Maniac by Jhonen Vasquez - B/B-

Nana by Ai Yazawa - A

Paradise Kiss by Ai Yazawa - A

Fashion Industry

Oscar Fashion by Reeve Chace - F

Film

Oscar Fashion by Reeve Chace - F

Also see our Style in Film section.

General Interest

Listed below are books, essays and poems with less practical application for learning, say, how to dress well or pick out a great haircut. Nevertheless, these are related and, in my opinion anyway, important.

A Poet's Advice by E.E. Cummings

Burn Down the Walls That Say You Can't by Kathleen Hanna

Riot Grrrl Manifesto by Kathleen Hanna

Guides and Lists

Paper Doll Templates

Hair

History

Oscar Fashion by Reeve Chace - F

No Wave by Coley and Moore - A

Riot Grrrl Manifesto by Kathleen Hanna

Please Kill Me: An Uncensored Oral History of Punk by McNeil and McCain - A

Magazines and Periodicals

the Gothic and Lolita Bible

Goth Loli

Menswear

Men's Style: The Thinking Man's Guide to Dress by Russell Smith - A-

Poetry

A Poet's Advice by E.E. Cummings

Shoes

Subcultures

the Encyclopedia of Punk by Brian Cogan - B+

No Wave by Coley and Moore - A

Riot Grrrl Manifesto by Kathleen Hanna

The goth Bible by Nancy Kilpatrick - C

The Hipster Handbook by Robert Lanham, Bret Nicely and Jeff Bechtel - B-/C+

Please Kill Me: An Uncensored Oral History of Punk by McNeil and McCain - A

the Gothic and Lolita Bible by various - A-, B+

Johnny the Homicidal Maniac by Jhonen Vasquez - B/B-

Also see our subcultures section.


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