Here you can find an evolving, incomplete list of the books, articles, blogs, films, etc. etc. etc, that I reference most frequently in my posts and/or really love and want other people to love, too. I don't know, why not?
Class: A Guide Through the American Class System, Paul Fussel (1983)
Distinction: A Social Critique of the Judgement of Taste, Pierre Bourdieu
La Société de Consommation, Jean Baudrillard
Le Système des Objets, Jean Baudrillard
The Age of Access, Jeremy Rifkin
Mythologies, Roland Barthes
Fashion: A Philosophy, Lars Svendsen
The End of Fashion: How Marketing Changed the Business of Fashion Forever, Terry Agins (2000)
The Language of Fashion, Roland Barthes (2013 Reprint)
Deluxe: How Luxury Lost its Luster, Dana Thomas (2007)
Philosophie de la Mode, George Simmel (2013)
Changing Clothes in China: Fashion, History, Nation, Antonia Finnane (2009)
The Social Life of Things: Commodities in Cultural Perspective, Arjun Appadurai (1988)
At Home: A History of Private Life, Bill Bryson (2011)
Paris Fashion: A Cultural History, Valerie Steele (1988). Important note: Valerie Steele is a trailblazer and my absolute hero and I am making it my mission in life to read every single thing she has ever written.
Narcissus and Goldmund, Herman Hesse (1930)
Short Stories (esp. The Swimmer), John Cheever
L'Amant, Marguerite Duras (1984)
Infinite Jest, David Foster Wallace (20th Anniversary Edition, 2016)
China on the Catwalk: Between Economic Success and Nationalist Anxiety, Antonia Finnane, The China Quarterly.
The Identity of Fashion in Contemporary China and the NewRelationships with the West. Fashion Practice: The Journal of Design, Creative Process & the Fashion. S. Reinach (2012).
Art and Industry: The Language of Modernization in the Production of Fashion. N. Green. Journal of French Historical Studies.
Quite Continental (Browse the archives!)
Dead Fleurette/Bonjour Tristesse (Officially defunct, but archives are A+/her IG is still amazing)
Bill Cunningham New York (2010)
Solaris - slog through the original Russian because Tarkovsky is GENIUS.