The Fashion Book

Mini Format

This new and updated edition of The Fashion Book captures the history of fashion in one beautiful package, described by Vogue as ‘the fashion Bible’

Phaidon Editors


Price: USD$12.95

Hailed by Vogue as the fashion bible and by Elle as the ultimate fashion reference book, The Fashion Book takes a fresh look at the fashion world and the people who created it. Easy to use and filled with beautiful and memorable images, it is the perfect A-Z guide to 500 key clothes and accessory designers, photographers, models and iconic celebrities who make up the fashion industry.

In its entirety, The Fashion Book takes a fresh look at the fashion world of today and tomorrow, through the people who created and inspired it. Spanning 150 years, the entire industry is represented - from pioneering designers, including Coco Chanel and Issey Miyake, to influential photographers such as Richard Avedon and Helmut Newton and the people they photographed. This essential sourcebook cuts through the conventional classifications to create juxtapositions that make fascinating and unlikely comparisons: Elsa Schiaparelli sits opposite Claudia Schiffer while Vivienne Westwood rubs shoulders with Oscar Wilde.

Each entry is illustrated with a photograph or drawing that shows a quintessential aspect of the respective designer's work or style. An accompanying text describes where they fit into the fashion story and includes essential biographical information. In addition, a comprehensive cross-referencing system and glossary help to explain the countless collaborations and techniques used in the fashion business: a melting-pot of an industry that is forever wavering somewhere between art and commerce.


Format: Paperback
Size: 163 x 123 mm (6 3/8 x 4 7/8 in)
Pages: 592 pp
Illustrations: 555 illustrations
ISBN: 9780714867977

Phaidon Editors

A must for every self-respecting and dedicated follower of fashion.
- Sunday Telegraph Magazine

It is probably the most comprehensive fashion encyclopedia for general consumption available. A must-buy for the fashion obsessive.
- Independent on Saturday

A masterly encyclopedia.
- Tatler

A feast of fashion and cheaper by far than a designer garment.
- The Big Issue

An excellent guide to fashion in all its diversity.
- Irish Times

At last, at last, at last our prayers have been answered. Phaidon have come up with every fashion lover's dream, The Fashion Book, both beautiful and faultless.
- What's On in London

The fashion bible.
- Vogue

The ultimate fashion reference book.
- Elle

The Style Bible… an essential coffee table bible.
- Vantage Magazine

Lavishly illustrated and updated to include today's hottest talent, it's a must for fashion obsessives.
- Marie Claire

Devotees of fashion, photography and style will covet The Fashion Book… An A-Z compendium of the creative minds and talents who have helped shape the way we see fashion… quintessential.
- Vanity Fair

The Fashion Book, aka The Fashion Bible… the bona-fide guide to the industry… an essential and detailed exposé of the most powerful people within the art and business of fashion...
- Kensington & Chelsea Magazine

A big old treat of a book.
- The Observer Magazine

The fashion lover's ultimate almanac.
- MatchesFashion.com

Vogue declare it the fashion bible and Elle call it the definitive resource, what's clear is the coffee-table tome is undeniably the most authoritative tome on fashion and beyond.
- Inside Out, TopShop Blog

It's no secret that Phaidon's epic The Fashion Book, first released in 1998, is an authoritative resource for industry insiders and fans alike. Now the coffee-table tome has been given new life with a definitive updated addition…
- Style

The Fashion Book is the authoritative resource on absolutely everyone and anyone who's meant anything to fashion as we know it today.
- Linda Fargo

An A-Z of everything you could wish to know about the past 140 years of fashion. Models, moguls, designers and photographers are profiled and cross-referenced in this indispensable survey.
- Harpers & Queen

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