There are so many questions I'd love to ask designers: "Beyond fashion, what are your other sources of inspiration?" and "What is your favorite decade in terms of fashion?" Because a face-to-face Q&A session is unlikely to happen in this lifetime, Michael Specter's The Fashion Questionnaire ($35) will come in quite handy.

Specter interviews 21 designers like Alber Elbaz (who has a self-portrait at the introduction of his section), Olivier Theyskens, and Diane von Furstenberg. The industry greats dish about their fashion motto, style icons, favorite color, and so on. It's like seeing into their world, minus the intimidating encounter.