The list author says: "The fashion, textiles, apparel and beauty complex represents approximately 4% of global GDP, which makes it ones of the world's largest industries. In the past 30 years, the great fashion houses have been transformed into international corporations, and the concept of fashion has influenced industries as diverse as home products, hotels and consumer electronics. These books provide both an introduction to the fashion business as well as a practitioner's bookshelf of helpful reference books."
"Project Runway is the best of the reality shows because it comes closest to reality -- it is in fact true that the fashion business is creative, crazy and frenzied, as the show depicts. The final judgments of the judges are also just as arbitrary and whimsical as this year's fashions."