July 29, 2009 - 9 comments

The Teen Vogue Handbook: An Insider’s Guide to Careers in Fashion


Teen Vogue is the best. They bust out great content month after month, manage to keep afloat among all the publishing madness, & gave me my start in this industry. I met with my fashion fairy godmother aka Amy Astley while in NY this May and she mentioned Teen Vogue had just finished their first book with Penguin "The Teen Vogue Handbook: An Insider's Guide to Careers in Fashion".

Though I was bummed that I wasn't included in the book in some capacity, they made up for it by filling my place with interviews from Anna, Marc, Bruce Weber, Patrick Demarchelier, their own editors, assistants and, I presume, interns. Can't complain, nor compare (well, maybe to the interns & assistants).

The title speaks for itself and this is Teen Vogue, so expect some great photo spreads and (yes, I'm completely biased here) great advice as well. I don't know where I'd be if Ms. Astley and sooo many of the other TV editors didn't let me plop down at their desks every time I'm in NY (heads up Teen Vogue: I'll be in town on the 12th!).

It's not due out until October 5th (though you can pre-order the book from Amazon) but there are already two great quotes coming from the Kaiser and the Bob:

"Ask yourself, Are you sure this world is for you? And are you sure you are the right person to survive in this world--the world of fashion, a world with no rules, no laws?" Karl Lagerfeld

"Do your homework, go online, visit every museum, and intern. You just need to have a love for what you're doing. It's not about thinking that it's the cool thing; it's about really believing in it." Anna Wintour

Preach it. And here's hoping the rest of the book doesn't go on to glamorize the industry too much.

Published by: Jazzi in advice, confessions of an Intern


Fajr || Stylish Thought
July 29, 2009 at 10:37 am

That is a a great resource. I just hope it doesn’t glamorize the industry too much, because fashion is a business just like anything else, and you certainly have to work hard and intern to get anywhere.

July 29, 2009 at 11:51 am

It looks like an awesome book! I hope it doesn’t cost too much.


July 29, 2009 at 1:51 pm

A+ Karl quote. I would buy a book on just Karl quotes, not one written by Karl though. If that makes any sense.

Anyways a lot of great books are coming out for fall [what a weird fashion thing of me to say?] and I’m actually looking forward to coping a few.

July 29, 2009 at 6:07 pm

I’m excited to read this! Interning is not something that happens often in New Zealand, but that’s starting to change – & it looks like it will the key when I move overseas.

July 29, 2009 at 9:10 pm

That looks fantastic! I’ll have to read it. However, I don’t know how many of the tips I can actually put to use…Alaska doesn’t have interning opportunities.

Emma Baise-Moi
July 31, 2009 at 3:08 am

Hmm, this looks like an interesting book to read. I’ll definitely be looking to get my hands on it when it comes out.

Arushi from FabBlab
August 1, 2009 at 5:12 am

I can’t wait for this book. Already pre-ordered it, even though it’s going to cost a bomb to ship to India.
As a fashion aspirant from India, this could possibly be a major help.
What substitutes advice from Anna Wintour, Demachelier and Lagerfeld? That’s right. Nothing. And I’m willing to pay $16+ $15 shipment for it.


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