PAGE TURNER :: Stylish Summer Reading

By Megan McDonald May 4, 2012

Nothing new or hot off the press on this summer reading list, but these picks are taken from my own bookshelf.  I’m of the opinion that these are should-be-classics for the stylish…

Diana Vreeland: The Eye has to Travel

Known as the “High Priestess of Fashion,” Diana Vreeland, former Harper’s Bazaar fashion editor, was a fashion visionary. 


Mrs. Astor Regrets: The Hidden Betrayals of a Family Beyond Reproach

Society and intrigue: Behind the headlines of the storied Astor family; what took place before and after the death of Brooke Astor. In 2007, her son Anthony Marshall was indicted on charges of looting her estate…



Party of the Century: The Fabulous Story of Truman Capote and His Black and White Ball

The story behind Truman Capote’s 1966 Black and White Ball held in NYC– the event to which everyone from Hollywood to Wall Street wanted an invite. The gliteratti guest list included Kennedys, Rockerfellers, Vanderbilts and Whitneys as well as social heavy-hitters like Babe Paley, CZ Guest, Slim Keith and Gloria Guinness.


Entertaining is Fun! How to be a Popular Hostess

First published in 1941, this is such a fun look-back with some still-current tips from Dorothy Draper. An iconic figure in the world of interior design and entertaining, hers was the final word.


Queen of Fashion: What Marie Antoinette Wore to the Revolution

If I haven’t admitted this yet, I have a fascination with Marie Antoinette and the French Revolution. This is an enthralling nonfiction read that “reveals how Marie Antoinette’s bold attempts to reshape royal fashion changed her fate and the future of France.”




The Dress Doctor: Prescriptions for Style, From A to Z

A very short read that’s an adaptation of the bestseller by Edith Head, eight-time Academy Award winner for costume design. And the illustrations are by Bil Donovan, who made an appearance in an earlier Fashion IQ blog


Face Forward

Iconic makeup artist Kevyn Aucoin worked with some of the most beautiful faces in the world – Mary J. Blige, Madonna, Liza Minnelli and Julia Roberts. Not only does he tell a good short story of his experiences with his clients, he also decodes how to recreate his stunning creations.



Fifty Dresses That Changed the World

Take this one on your next vacay or while you’re by the pool–The Design Museum tells a short story about dresses from Marilyn Monroe’s The Seven Year Itch dress to Wallis Simpson’s wedding dress to Diane von Furstenberg’s chic wrap dress.




The Beautiful Fall: Lagerfeld, Saint Laurent and Glorious Excess in 1970s Paris

Uh. Really. Nothing more to add…




Style from A to Zoe: The Art of Fashion, Beauty, & Everything Glamour

I’m a girl who likes to mix high and low with my favorite vintage pieces peppered in. No one does this better than Rachel Zoe; found some great tips in this book.



The Power of Style: The Women who Defined the Art of Living Well

A book about the most stylish women of their time like Elsie de Wolfe, Jackie Kennedy, Coco Chanel and Mona Bismarck.


But those are from my own bookshelf – what’s a stylish must read on yours?

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