You may have seen the lovely fashion blogger Marie My popping up on all sorts of Tumblrs recently in some of her unbelievable outfit creations. But we were keen to find out what this Danish girl who’s just finished her A-Levels has on her shelves (apart from hundreds of pairs of carefully sourced vintage shoes). As it happens, Marie’s shelves are an absolute treat, boasting obscure visual reference books, informative fashion publications and some (tasteful) street art thrown in for good measure.
“So heres my books. My book collection is small but, like everything else in my room, it’s so nicely sorted by colour… and, since I probably have as many pairs of shoes as I have books, some of them need to live together :)”
Julius Fast: Kropssproget
The first book, Kropssproget (body language) by Julius Fast, is a book, which I bought at an antiquarian book shop (like a lot of my other books). I’ve probably read it three times, because it’s so interesting, despite the fact that it’s written in the 70’s – I think that analysing body language is so cool and I’ve been looking for a similar, more up to date version, for so long.
Julius Fast: Body Language
The second book, Shop America from Taschen, is a book about how to make any kind of shop look modern in the 30’s, 40’s and 50’s. There are lots of nice and vintagey illustrations and floor plans, and I can flip through the pages for hours once I open it.
Shop America: Midcentury Storefront Design 1938-1950
Kristen K. Swanson and Judith C. Everett: Writing for the Fashion Business
The third book, Writing for the Fashion Business by Kristen K. Swanson and Judith C. Everett, is a book which I saw for the first time on the blog Love Aesthetics. Immediately after that, I went to Amazon to buy it. It’s about how to write in different parts of the fashion industry and for different media. It also includes an amazing chapter on the pre-writing process and drafting. I have an ambition to work in the fashion industry, so I think this book is pretty important to own.
Kristen Swanson and Judith C. Everett: Writing for the Fashion Business
The Art of Rebellion 3
The fourth book, The Art of Rebellion 3 , is a book with pictures of street art from all over the world. I own a lot of photo-books and this, like a lot of the others, really inspires me. I’m a pretty visual person, so I almost only own books like this one – and I can sit around looking through them for hours.
Christian Hundertmark: Art of Rebellion: No. 3
Erik Lynge: Fra Plan Til Rum
The fifth book, Fra Plan Til Rum by Erik Lynge, is another one of my photo-books. This one is also bought at an antiquarian shop and it’s one of my most inspirational books. It contains photos of lots of different, white shapes. I think they’re sculptures or something like that. Oh well, these shapes are extremely interesting and there are lots of them that I’ve never thought of before, which really intrigues me.
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