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David Bailey

David Bailey was the first of the modern, rebel you might say, photographers. His pictures of Jean Shrimpton arrived on the scene at about the same time that I started buying Vogue Magazine every month.

These images had a huge influence on fashion at the time. The most endearing quality is his great respect for women.

Audrey Hepburn

No reference page is complete without Audrey Hepburn.....

... And Breakfast at Tiffany





The Sartorialist

Scott Schuman is back with a completely new collection of beautiful images


The Chanel Jacket - many great reference points


I have bought Vogue regularly since I was a teenager. There are so many magazines these days. Choose one of the best and stick with it.

I love the January's cover of Vogue

Cara Delevingne wears cropped wool tuxedo jacket, £2,830. Silk-chiffon blouse, £1,110. Leather jeans, £395. All Saint Laurent by Hedi Slimane. Hair: Anthony Turner. Make-up: Lisa Butler. Fashion editor: Kate Phelan. Photographer: Alasdair McLellan.

Or make Angela Kane Silk Chiffon Shirt, Jeans (yes, in leather!) and crop and trim the Soft Style Jacket

Ermin Blumenfeld

Another highly influential fashion photographer. I visited the amazing exhibition of his work at Somerset House last year.

This book is a must-have for students of fashion and photography.





Rene Gruau

Would Dior have had quite an impact on the world with his New Look without the brilliant imagery from this iconic fashion illustrator? His vividly coloured artwork influenced the advertising scene for over fifty years and well, still does.

Grace Kelly

A beautiful book from the V&A and Grace Kelly in any movie is an Education in Style




One of my favourite Illustrators. Study his work, as he has a broader scope of styles than any other fashion artists.



The Hermes YouTube Channel is very, very special!



Jeanne Lanvin

I received this book as a much appreciated gift. It is a treasure of a book.

The Couture House of Lanvin has existed for over one hundred years and under the stewardship of Alber Elbaz. It looks like it will thrive well into the future. Started by an extraordinary women, it occupies a unique position in the history of Couture


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