The Chiffon Trenches
By André Leon Talley
With a fashion career that spans over 40 years, Talley has definitely seen and experienced the cut-throat melodramatic universe. With glitz and glamour comes ruthless intentions. Thus, the former editor-at-large of American Vogue recounts triumphs, traumas and inner working relationships in the shrouded scene while trailblazing towards the upper echelons of fashion. This tell-all memoir also shines a light on Talley being a person of colour tackling racial barriers, weight and even sexuality issues in the industry. Another key theme raised is loyalty and rapport. So, best be believing that friendships can be transactional.
Unravelled: The Life and Death of a Garment
By Maxine Bédat
Death is inevitable. You’ll be surprised to know that this applies to clothes as well. Entrepreneur and sustainability advocate Bédat follows the life of a pair of jeans—from raw cotton to its materialisation and eventually destruction (or lack thereof) by disposal. Journeying across continents, she discovers constructing a pair of jeans indeed pollutes and contributes to climate change and perpetual human rights issues with illegal employment and low wage workers. Think you’re spared? Consumers do also play a part in a never-ending apparel appetite.
Lives of the Artists: Yayoi Kusama
By Robert Shore
As one of the most recognisable motifs used in art, design and prints, polka dots are also synonymous with renowned Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama. We’ve celebrated the visionary ideas of her works—from her whimsical pumpkin sculptures to mesmerising Infinity Room installations. But who exactly is she? Shore researched the enigmatic living legend and traces her difficult childhood, early creative years leading to her breakout, and overcoming profound recurring mental health struggles in this easily digestible pocket biography.
Dress Your Best Life
By Dawnn Karen
You are what you wear. Fashion psychologist Karen professes that “clothes are a mood-altering substance” and deciphers this meaning of personal style because dressing up is not an overthought. By emphasising the ‘why’ rather than the ‘how’, an individual can unravel their best self through smart clothing selections. No makeovers or wardrobe overhauls. Instead, trust the magic of colour usage and acknowledge moods with clothing choices. Employing purpose and mindfulness, you can empower yourself and influence how others perceive you.
Loved Clothes Last
By Orsola de Castro
Quality or quantity? That is the question. De Castro, the co-founder of the UK- based Fashion Revolution, underscores sustainable shopping and purchasing only what you really love. Longevity is key, so fabric distinction and superior construction techniques are favoured. She also provides practical tips such as detailed care instructions on reviving clothes to their near-pristine condition. Perish the thought that clothes are disposable and refocus on mending and re-wearing instead. Mother Earth will thank you for this positive environmental deed.
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