Everyone loves a fabulous coffee table book—those stylish hardcover homages to the likes of Chanel, Dior, and Vogue. But the best fashion books go deeper, offering education and inspiration alongside informational images and artwork. Not to mention, they invite you into the lives of the industry’s most powerful players, from Tina Brown and Diana Vreeland to Christian Dior and Dapper Dan.
Ahead, we’ve rounded up the best fashion books by visionaries who have paved the industry’s past and present. Whether you’re looking for a dishy memoir to satisfy your need for gossip or a researched piece of journalism to dive deep into a new topic, these impressive memoirs and works of non-fiction will make welcome additions to your bookshelf. Pair them with a glass of wine and a cozy blanket and settle in for some downtime with fashion’s most influential minds.