How To Learn More About High Fashion

Getting into the fashion community and learning about fashion may seem intimidating, but hopefully these tips help.

I’ve been seeing a lot of new accounts on high fashion twitter pose the same question: how do I learn more about fashion? Although, I’m not the most knowledgeable person on fashion, I do know a little something. I also know some great resources that can be a great jumping off point.

Hopefully, this can be helpful and if you have anymore questions my twitter, instagram, and curious cat are listed below.

MOVIES

Movies or documentaries are a great way to learn about fashion. Here’s a list of my personal favorites that I think can be helpful:

  • The First Monday in May (2016) : ” Follows the creation of The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s most attended fashion exhibition in history, “China: Through The Looking Glass,” an exploration of Chinese-inspired Western fashions by Costume Institute curator Andrew Bolton.” – IMDB
  • Dior and I (2014) : The movie shows the process of a fashion house from the perspective of the Christian Dior fashion house.
  • The September Issue (2009) : The September Issue follows the Vogue team as they construct their most important issue to date: the September issue.
  • Iris (2014) : The life of fashion icon Iris Apfel.
  • McQueen (2018) : It explores the life of fashion designer Alexander McQueen and how he became a fashion legend.
  • The Director: An Evolution in Three Acts (2013) : The movie examines the work of the creative director of Gucci, Frida Giannini.
  • Catwalk (1995) : The documentary follows supermodel Christy Turlington as she walks 1992 fashion runways. ( Its currently free on YouTube.)
  • Alexa Chung Uncovers Fashion Industry Secrets (2015) : Alexa Chung did a series on the British Vogue’s YouTube channel about the fashion industry. I would highly recommend watching all episodes if you want to learn more or want to be in the industry.
  • Antifashion Documentary (90s) : In the early 1990s, fashion reflected the times. It was sombre, desperate and sometimes violent. Clothing underwent deconstruction and recycling, and fashion shows became fashion performances.The First Monday in May (2016) : ” Follows the creation of The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s most attended fashion exhibition in history, “China: Through The Looking Glass,” an exploration of Chinese-inspired Western fashions by Costume Institute curator Andrew Bolton.” – IMDB
  • Dior and I (2014) : The movie shows the process of a fashion house from the perspective of the Christian Dior fashion house.
  • The September Issue (2009) : The September Issue follows the Vogue team as they construct their most important issue to date: the September issue.
  • Iris (2014) : The life of fashion icon Iris Apfel.
  • McQueen (2018) : It explores the life of fashion designer Alexander McQueen and how he became a fashion legend.
  • The Director: An Evolution in Three Acts (2013) : The movie examines the work of the creative director of Gucci, Frida Giannini.
  • Catwalk (1995) : The documentary follows supermodel Christy Turlington as she walks 1992 fashion runways. ( Its currently free on YouTube.)
  • Alexa Chung Uncovers Fashion Industry Secrets (2015) : Alexa Chung did a series on the British Vogue’s YouTube channel about the fashion industry. I would highly recommend watching all episodes if you want to learn more or want to be in the industry.
  • Antifashion Documentary (1990s) : This documentary is basically a love letter to antifashion. It’s a perfect movie to watch if you have no idea what antifashion is. It’s also on YouTube.

These are not the only fashion movies out there, so I do highly recommend looking into movies that show more of what you want to learn about the fashion industry.

BOOKS

I already wrote a list of fiction books to read about fashion, so check that out if you haven’t already.

  • The Little Dictionary of Fashion: A Guide to Dress Sense For Every Woman by Christian Dior
  • The Woman I Wanted To Be by Diane von Furstenberg
  • Costume and Fashion: A Concise History by James Laver
  • Champagne Supernovas: Kate Moss, Marc Jacobs, Alexander McQueen, and the ’90s Renegrades Who Remade Fashion by Maureen Callahan
  • 100 Years of Fashion by Cally Blackman
  • Art Deco Fashion by Suzanne Lussier
  • Men’s Fashion: The Complete Sourcebook by John Peacock
  • Fashionable Art by Adam Geczy and Jacqueline Millner
  • Dior Couture by Ingrid Sischy and Patrick Demarchelier
  • Love Looks Not with the Eyes: Thirteen Years with Lee Alexander McQueen by Anne Deniau
  • Haute Couture by Richard Martin

TWITTER

If you want to learn more about fashion, starting a fashion account on twitter is the fastest way to learn. It’s a good way to learn about current trends, uprising designers, and keep track of new fashion shows.

Find one account you like and follow similar accounts they follow. Soon enough you’ll have a handful of accounts that will keep you up to date in the fashion world.

INSTAGRAM

It’s the same thing with twitter, find account that showcase the side of fashion you’re interested in. Although, I do recommend following your favorite fashion brands, fashion magazines. photographers, models, etc.

FASHION WEBSITES

I used to go on fashion websites religiously when I first started getting into fashion. My favorites are The Business of Fashion, The Fashion Law, and Fashionista.

My final tips:

Do your research. Let’s say your favorite brand is Dior. Research the everything you can about the brand: their signature style, who Christian Dior is, who John Galliano is, who Mariza Grazia is, what’s Dior’s best shows, what was the inspiration behind those shows, etc.

At the end of the day, fashion is fun (or should be fun) so don’t overwhelm yourself by trying to learn what Coco Chanel’s first words were. Once again, if you have any questions feel free to dm me.

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