We eagerly recently visited the London Book Fair at Earls Court and found it one of the busiest times it had ever been. With 1500 international companies exhibiting it was a great opportunity to catch up with our many contacts within the publishing industry. As authors of Fashion Fabulous London that was showcased there, we were totally impressed by the wide variety of informative and beautifully created fashion books.

Catching our eye were the V&A books, Shoes by Lucy Pratt and Linda Woolley, and Bags by Clare Wilcox. Also well produced reads are British Textiles 1700 to the Present by Linda Parry and Dior by Alexandra Palmer. We featured the Victoria and Albert Museum in our current edition of Fashion Fabulous as it also has a superb selection of jewellery designers and historically referenced clothes in its shop.

Amongst the highlights also were British designer, Mary Quant’s story and for the technically minded were works dedicated to fabrics such as velvet and muslin. Visiting the Harper Collins stand Rachelle Bergstein’s, Women from the Ankle down will be of great interest to shoe addicts.

China was the market focus this year and contemporary Chinese authors were spotlighted. However, we found the Digital Zone featuring international companies that gave us some great ideas for future editions of our book series.

At the end of the day we were invited along to drinks at Wiley and Pearson and a few others!

Fashion Fabulous London 2012 reviews in detail the Top 200 fashion shops in London and is available at Waterstones,  Harrods, Selfridges, Joseph, Daunt, Foyles,  Oliver Bonas,  Amazon and all major bookshops  priced  £12.99.

Also available online at

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Fashion-Fabulous-London-Tracy-Rose/dp/0956116310

http://www.foyles.co.uk/item/Art-Design/Fashion-Fabulous-London-2012-signed-copy,ROSE-T-R-XSIGN00824

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