Tuesday night, I paid a visit to my alma mater, Parsons at the The New School. I was there to celebrate the book release of former faculty Tim Gunn's Fashion Bible.
Long before becoming a mentor on Project Runway, Tim Gunn was the calming, intelligent influence in The New School's administration. He quickly boned up on all things fashion when he took over as dean of the fashion department after I graduated, (CFDA's Stan Herman was dean during my time). I love that he recognizes certain aspects of the fashion industry are ridiculous (I'm talking about you Anna Wintour). He may be a contemporary fashion icon, but he still lists "Educator" first among his various titles on Twitter.
His new book definitely shows his academic roots. Tim Gunn's Fashion Bible, tag line "The Fascinating History of Everything in Your Closet" thoroughly explores the origins of iconic fashion items and their influence on modern dress. Be prepared for a smarter, thoughtful commentary on fashion than your typical celebrity style guide.
A perfect tome to smarten up for NY Fashion week, all of his books can be purchased here.