I didn't read so much when I was young but was always drawn to images. This was very much so with Isabella Blow a muse or champion of Philip Treacy and others. She found and supported talented people.
I had the privilege to have a meeting with Justin Smith Esq who seems to be the milliner of the moment, backed by Stephen Jones. His place was immense, what many of us would want in our flat/house for decor and he had a beautiful grey dog to match. He was lovely to chat to and it was wonderful to meet a person so talented. Pictures above.