On Wednesday I went along to a talk at the Topshop Edited space to celebrate the launch of Phaidon's The Fashion Book, 2nd addition, hosted by Show Studio's fashion editor Lou Stoppard along with milliner Stephen Jones, Somerset House fashion curator Shonagh Marshall and Central St Martins' Heather Sproat.
Featuring 500 entries, The Fashion Book is essentially a who's who in the industry, the ultimate fashionista's reference guide. It's an important tool for up and coming fashion creatives who want to work in the industry, as we were told by Stephen Jones 'You can't create in fashion without knowing the past.'
As we sipped on strawberry Mojitios and nibbled on sweet treats, the panel touched on the importance of the role the Internet plays in fashion today, something that's changed the industry dramatically since the first edition of The Fashion Book was published in 1988. They also talked about how London is a great place to study fashion and for up and coming designers (lucky me), Shonagh fittingly talked about New Gen with Topshop and the support from the British Fashion Council whilst Heather Sproat said why London fashion colleges are so great 'as London attracts such a vast pool of talent' and how you aren't just learning from the lecturers but from the creative people around you.
I picked up my own copy at the end of the night which came with a tote and print of the cover, signed by the illustrator! I'd definitely recommend it, especially if you're studying fashion, I've only managed to flick through a few pages so far but for now it's taking pride of place on my shelf.