Vicki's Reading List

Vicki's Reading List

Vicki is lying on a green couch reading a large book, wearing a upcycled tablecloth co-ord set.

After years working in the fashion industry I thought I knew most of what was to be known about fabrics and how things were made. However, I am always open to learning more and I believe that it is very important to educate ourselves (and others) about where our clothes come from. Thus, we can better understand the processes in which they arrive at market, informing us to purchase differently, and teaching us to look after our clothing making them last longer and become part of our history. 

books are piled on a nightstand with a candle and photo frames.

A selection of books that I highly recommend reading if you would like to further your knowledge about fashion and fabrics (they have greatly impacted how I look at my own wardrobe and how I make choices for my business), in no particular order:


Fashionopolis by Dana Thomas

This book is a great read, as a document, both past and current events and details what is wrong with the fashion industry in terms of capitalism and consumerism from the authors own experiences. And is really food for thought on how we as a society consume clothing.


Worn by Sophia Tannhaüser and Fabric by Viktoriia Finley

Two great books about the origins of fabric and how we use them for clothing.

I read both of these books one after the other, and although they chronicle some of the same journeys, both books are highly educational and definitely worth a read, they allow us to really think about how fabrics come to be and how we use them.


The Golden Thread by Kasia St. Clair

Another book on the history of fibres and fabrics is. This book takes you on story from the first fibre thought to be made right up to current advancements. There is even chapter about how those that manufactured lingerie were asked to sew the suits for NASA.


No Logo by Naomi Klein

A great book from the standpoint of brand consumerism how things are marketed and how the society often falls pray to these campaigns and the affect that has on the communities who are making the products.


Loved Clothes Last by Orsola De Castro

A great handbook for taking care of those clothes already within your closet.  Orsola is the founder of Fashion Revolution and many of the chapters within this book lay a great foundation for consuming less, mending more and taking better care of clothes whether they are new or old.  Treating them as good friends rather than something that is disposable. 


Bring No Clothes by Charlie Porter

A lovely book that I have just finished, the book discusses fashion in terms of how we relate to it within the society, focusing on the Bloomsbury group, founded by Virginia Wolf and her sister. The author himself goes through quite a journey within the book, making it all the more relatable and an enjoyable read. 


Whether you read a physical book or listen to them (I often do this when commuting), continuing to learn about what we are passionate about is always a win in my book. 



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