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Best Fashion Books: The 7 Titles You Need To Read If You Want To Work In The Industry (PHOTOS)

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Breaking into the fashion industry is no small feat and landing your dream job is next to impossible -- especially with the shaky state of print magazines. But there are a few books that can give you a leg up.

We've selected fashion titles written by top editors, prominent photographers and PR powerhouses that offer an in-depth look at what it really takes to succeed in one of the most competitive industries in the world. Here is our list of the seven must-reads if you want to work in fashion:

  1. The Beautiful Fall by Alicia Drake
  2. The scene is 1970s Paris, and the story explains the rivalry between two of fashion's most influential men, Yves Saint Laurent and Karl Lagerfeld. The feud, unbeknownst to most, reveals a tale of social ambitions, beautiful fashion and raw talent. (Buy here)

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  3. The Vogue Factor by Kirstie Clements

  4. Kirstie Clements, who was fired from her position as editor-in-chief of Vogue Australia after 25 years, recounts her journey from a receptionist to EIC. The book offers a behind-the-scenes look at one of the most powerful fashion magazines in the world. (Buy here)

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  5. If You Have to Cry, Go Outside: And Other Things Your Mother Never Told You by Kelly Cutrone

  6. Fashion is a tough industry, and famous PR woman Kelly Cutrone tells it like it is. This honest memoir details a sometimes brutal profession and how Cutrone rose to the top. (Buy here)

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  7. Fashion A to Z by Alex Newman and Zakee Shariff

  8. This short and concise books contains every single term you'll ever need when writing about garments of any sort. This is a must-have to develop one's vocabulary and visual acumen. (Buy here)

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  9. D.V. by Diana Vreeland

  10. This autobiography is written by the lady who helped define the world of haute couture and 20th century fashion. (Buy here)

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  11. Grace: A Memoir by Grace Coddington

  12. As Anna Wintour's right hand-woman, Coddington has a wealth of knowledge. The creative director of Vogue offers an intimate and nostalgic portrait of her life and career, documenting the drastic changes that have happened in the fashion industry since she first started. (Buy here)

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  13. Closer By Scott Schuman

  14. Though "Closer" mostly consists of photographs, it's still a must-buy. Scott Schuman, arguably the pioneer of street style photography, amassed a collection of his best work in this beautifully curated book. With the exponential growth of street style, this photo essay will help you better understand where it all began. (Buy here)

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