Throughout my entire life, my dad has always said you can never have too much money or too many books. While I would also add jawnz to that list, I like to think he has a point. Fashion is an incredibly visual medium, one driven by color, texture, shape and motion. But it is also quite cerebral, encompassing everything from the orthodox to the avant garde. In what other industry do we get to experience such a wide range of personalities? The intellectual brilliance of Dries Van Noten, the experimental romanticism of Rick Owens, and everything in between all call fashion home.

Sometimes, these stories, thought processes and personal philosophies come to life best through the written word. Fortunately, there is no shortage of amazing fashion books out there today, whether you’re looking to arm yourself with some technical knowledge, personal insights or just searching for some breathtaking photography. With so many to choose from it can be tough to find a good starting point, so feel free to consider this your ultimate reading list. Class is now in session.

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