A book is the best companion in history, and it gets even better when it includes something you are very passionate about. To me, that is fashion and beauty.

I have set educating myself in the history of fashion and beauty, as well as the business of fashion as a long term goal starting this year of 2016. I believe that the best way for me to learn is to head to the library, and explore the books offered in fashion and beauty which I think I will find inspiring. Therefore, I made a list of five fashion & beauty books which I plan to read and scroll through in 2016. I will be sharing a small description of each book, and if you have any questions regarding where you can purchase them, let me know in the comments.

1. Your beauty mark by Dita von Teese

The title speaks for itself: this book provides Dita’s – who is by the way one of my favorite style icons – interpretation of how you can create your own signature style! The thing that I love most about Dita’s view on this topic is that she is not afraid to break the conventional rules of beauty, which makes me feel a sense of freedom in the expression of personal beauty and glamour.

2. The art of collaboration by Bottega Veneta

This book is more of a catalogue of extremely high fashion photographs featuring bizarre poses and objects and the works of so many extremely talented photographers including Nick Knight, Annie Leibovitz and Steven Meisel (who is by the way one of my favorite portrait photographers). I believe that I can manage to feel inspired by the artistic photographs displayed in ‘The art of collaboration’

3. Grace: Thirty Years of Fashion at Vogue

A book that collects Grace Coddington’s beautiful work from her years working at Vogue? Yes, absolutely!

Grace is one of the industry’s most known stylists, who became famous after stealing the spotlight in ‘The September issue’. She is a very talented stylist with a keen eye in art. Her work will always be an inspiration, which is why I’d love to get my hands on this book.

4. Diana Vreeland: The modern woman (edited by her grandson  Alexander Vreeland)

Once again, I expect this book to provide fashion inspiration in terms of styling, photography, makeup and much more!

Diana Vreeland once said: “the only real elegance is in the mind; if you've got that, the rest really comes from it.” A woman stating such wise words must be nothing but a stimulus to all fashion admirers nowadays, which is why I am encouraged to look through her work and purchase this book this year.

5. Fashion: A timeline in photographs from 1850 to today

Packed with fashion visuals and contemporary photographs from many different eras, this book gives an indication of changes and comebacks within the fashion world, which is something I am always interested in.

I am a huge fan of everything vintage, and I believe this book will give me the insight I need about vintage fashion photography.