Elegance is key when it comes to this month’s book list! With the Met Gala bringing the world’s top fashion houses and style stars into the limelight, we find out what it takes to be an icon. From the history of some of the most evocative items in fashion history to the tips on how to make sure your wardrobe is sustainable and eco-friendly. We have everything that a fashionista could want and titles for those only just starting to look at their own clothing collections.

The Little Black Dress by Megan Hess

Introduced by Coco Chanel and made famous by Audrey Hepburn, the little black dress redefined how women dress and remains one of the most elegant and versatile pieces in any wardrobe. Vogue said it would become ‘a sort of uniform for all women of taste’ – a prophecy that has more than come true. And this little book is the perfect accessory. Filled with fascinating information and stunning illustrations from Megan Hess, this is a timeless love story.

The Fashion Show: The Stories, Invites and Art of 300 Landmark Shows by Iain R. Webb

Whether it’s dreamy romance at Givenchy, cutting-edge modernity at Alexander McQueen, floral drama at Valentino, vintage-inspired fun at Kenzo or heartfelt emotion at Yves Saint Laurent’s final haute couture show, the unique themes and styles that have graced the runway in the past 50 years are gloriously curated and described in The Fashion Show. Spanning over seven decades and 300 shows, this beautiful book tells the story of the high fashion catwalk.

The Men’s Fashion Book by Phaidon Editors

The Men’s Fashion Book is an unparalleled A-Z deep dive into the people and brands that have produced and inspired the most memorable looks in menswear – and are advancing today’s renaissance in men’s clothing and style. This stunning book documents more than two centuries of men’s fashion, bringing its history to life through iconic, inspirational images, from traditional suits to streetwear, and beyond.

Karl Lagerfeld: A Life in Fashion by Alfons Kaiser

Karl Lagerfeld lived a very public life. He shaped the Chanel and Fendi brands for decades, and his wit and wisdom amused and informed the world. Yet despite a massively public persona, his hinterland remained unknown. What is the truth behind this larger-than-life but enigmatic figure? The journalist and fashion specialist Alfons Kaiser met Lagerfeld on numerous occasions. He has now written the first authoritative biography on this fascinating character, whose life has always been marked by elements of secrecy.

Loved Clothes Last by Orsola de Castro

Running out of space for the clothes you can’t stop buying? Curious about how you can make a difference in the environmental challenges our planet faces? Join Orsola’s care revolution and learn to make the clothes you love last longer. Fast fashion leaves behind a trail of human and environmental exploitation. Our wardrobes don’t have to be the finish line; they can be a starting point. We can all care, repair and re-wear. Do you accept the challenge?

Cinematic Style: Fashion, Architecture and Interior Design on Film by Jess Berry

From cinema’s silent beginnings, fashion and interior design have been vital to character development and narrative structure. Despite spectacular technological advancements on-screen, stunning silhouettes and striking spaces still have the ability to dazzle to dramatic effect. This book is the first to consider the significant interplay between fashion and interiors and their combined contribution to cinematic style from early film to the digital age.

The Colour of Fashion: The Story of Clothes in 10 Colours by Caroline Young

Vividly illustrated and compellingly written, The Colour of Fashion uncovers the colourful history of style, through 10 shades and their key moments in the spotlight – including Beyoncé in empowering yellow chiffon, Valentino’s signature red gowns, and Audrey Hepburn in that Little Black Dress – and shows that colour means so much more than meets the eye.

Fashion Icons 2 by Fern Mallis

Fern Mallis is the award-winning creator of New York Fashion Week and is often called the Godmother of Fashion. This second volume features fifteen new, provocative, and inspiring interviews with the boldest and brightest names in the fashion world. The book also features when, by popular demand, the tables were turned and Fern Mallis was interviewed by the smart and sassy Bevy Smith. Each fashion icon shares never-before-seen personal photographs, sketches, and memorabilia to bring their story to life.

A Cultural History of Western Fashion by Bonnie English and Nazanin Hedayat Munroe

A Cultural History of Western Fashion guides you through the relationships between haute couture and ready-to-wear designer fashions, popular culture, big business, high-tech production, as well as traditional and social media. Exploring fashion’s interdisciplinary nature, English and Munroe also highlight the parallel evolution of clothing design and the other visual arts over the last 150 years.

Clothing Poverty: The Hidden World of Fast Fashion and Second-Hand Clothes by Andrew Brooks

Following a pair of jeans, Clothing Poverty takes the reader on a vivid around-the-world tour to reveal how clothes are manufactured and retailed, bringing to light how fast fashion and recycling are interconnected. Andrew Brooks shows how recycled clothes are traded across continents, uncovers how retailers and international charities are embroiled in commodity chains which perpetuate poverty, and exposes the hidden trade networks which transect the globe.