If gossip-filled biographies and juicy memoirs are your literary guilty pleasure, keep reading – because no one is dishing the dirt like the fashion industry. From exposés written by ex-glossy magazine editors, to shocking accounts of life as a model, here are the nine books style obsessives won’t be able to put down…
The Vanity Fair Diaries: 1983–1992, by Tina Brown, £15.99
The ex-Editor-In-Chief of
Vanity Fair kept no-holds-barred daily diaries during her eight years at the helm, and they've just been released as a book. It's a compulsively fascinating look at the Londoner's glamorous New York life, complete with plenty of name dropping.
The Woman I Wanted To Be, by Diane von Furstenberg, £6.92
In this intimate autobiography, Diane von Furstenberg reflects on her extraordinary life – from her days as a young, jet-set princess, to designing her iconic dresses – with remarkable honesty and wisdom. It may not be as titillating as the rest on this list, but it’s truly empowering.
Confessions of a Fashionista, by Angela Clarke, £7.30
The anonymous author of the same-titled
Daily Mail column finally revealed her identity and turned her confessions into a book. Packed with insider gossip and laugh-out-loud moments, this is essentially the Bridget Jones’s Diary of the fashion world.
Tales From the Back Row, by Amy Odell, £6.51
Amy Odell, Editor of Cosmopolitan.com, gives an insider’s insight to the weird and wonderful world of high fashion. Described as a “light-hearted, cocktail-hour confession”, don’t expect any lawsuit-worthy gossip… although there is a very intimidating Anna Wintour encounter.
How to Murder Your Life, by Cat Marnell, £7.99
The former Condé Nast Beauty Editor, and self-proclaimed ‘downtown disaster’, gets brutally honest about juggling her glamorous job with a full-blown drug addiction. Her pin-sharp humour and Bukowski-esque style make this memoir as hilarious as it is harrowing.
Champagne Supernovas, by Maureen Callahan, £8.99
A glittering history of fashion in the 90s, told through the lives of Kate Moss, Marc Jacobs and Alexander McQueen. Salacious and heartbreaking, you won’t believe what these icons got up to… and you’ll seriously reconsider any notions that success and fame equal happiness.
Front Row: Anna Wintour, by Jerry Oppenheimer, £12.90
This unauthorised (and therefore very juicy) biography charts Anna Wintour’s rise to success, based on scores of interviews. Read about her rebellious teen years in London, her fiery romances and her crafty reinventions, and you’ll never look at
Vogue the same way again.
Size Zero: My Life as a Disappearing Model, by Victoire Dauxerre, £9.61
Within months of being scouted in the street, Victoire Dauxerre was walking in NYFW’s biggest shows. But the teenager’s dream soon became a nightmare when she was forced to lose more and more weight. A truly shocking depiction of the pressures fashion models face.
The Price of Illusion: A Memoir, by Joan Juliet Buck, £12.91
Joan Juliet Buck, former Editor-In-Chief of
Paris Vogue, relives her wild life in this intelligent, glitzy memoir. Immerse yourself in New York in the swinging 60s, Paris in the heady 90s, and all the fashion, wild parties, celebrities and creative geniuses in between.
The Vogue Factor, by Kristie Clements, £11.99
Infighting, backstabbing and the dangerous pursuit of beauty – it’s just an average day in the office for former
Vogue Australia Editor Kirstie Clements. This behind-the-scenes story made headlines around the globe on its 2013 release for its eye-opening revelations.
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