So, you want to be in fashion? Maybe you want to be a designer, a photographer, a journalist, or a stylist. No matter what position you’re coveting, there’s some basic information that you need to know. I compiled this list of sources from my own personal collection, and the collections of friends. Granted, this isn’t a comprehensive list, there are more blogs, books, and magazines than I could ever fit in one place, but these are the ones that we’ve found most helpful– and hopefully you’ll agree.
1. In Fashion: From Runway to Retail, Everything You Need to Know to Break Into the Fashion Industry by Annemarie Iverson
This fun, easy to read fashion book, written by the former editor-in-chief of Seventeen magazine,offers inside advice on how to get your foot in the door of the fashion industry. From how to be a good intern and how to perfect your resume to what to wear to an interview, this book gives you the inside scoop on what makes you stand out, and ultimately get your dream job.
This site has a strong focus on celebrity and new trend coverage. By taking a quick peek at this site you can keep up to date on rising trends and get inspiration from some of the biggest fashion icons.
3. The Fashion Book- Mini Edition from the Editors of Phiadon Press
This book is a directory of all the big names in fashion, past and present. It has mini bios of photographers, models, editors, and designers all crammed into one small-ish book. It’s an easy way to get familiar with the big names that you’ll definitely need to recognize and give you a brief knowledge of fashion history, which will definitely impress your future boss.
4. Vogue by editor-in-chief Anna Wintour
Vogue is considered the fashion bible. I’ll be honest with you, it can be a bit of a heavy read, but it’s well worth it. The articles are extremely well-written and the photography is stunning. It’s a great way to get inspirations and ideas to help you develop your own skills.
This site is geared towards high school and college students. It features photos of real life college students wearing fashionable outfits. It’s an ideal site to get inspiration from, since the people in the photos are real students. Plus, this site is all student written and you can apply for their “Style Guru” internship in the spring, summer and fall.
6. Teen Vogue Handbook by Teen Vogue
This book is a great compilation of advice from top photographers, stylists, designers, and editors. It also features stories from new writers about how they got their dream jobs. While the entire book is informative, the best part is the “toolkit” section, where the head honchos from each career path tell you the supplies that they use the most. High school students will find this book especially helpful; it features a list of top fashion and design schools, complete with all the basic information (size, cost, majors) and what that school is best known for.
7. Glamour by editor-in-chief Cindi Leive
Glamour is the more “fun” fashion magazine. While Vogue focuses on couture and runway designs, Glamour works to make those looks work for real people. This magazine is an awesome source for new trends (that you can actually wear) as well as some fun life advice and celeb interviews.
This fashion blog is all about slightly unconventional street style. It photographs real people on the street that are wearing funky and fresh pieces. This is another one of those great sites to use to keep up with what trends are popular and get some funky ideas for yourself.
Did i miss a must-read book? Is there a fashion blog that you’re obsessed with? Let me know! Shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll be sure to check out your recommendations.