Tim Gunn is like everyone’s favorite uncle. He’s charming, genial, and avuncular. On Project Runway he is the mother hen, offering encouragement and empathy as the young designers race to get their outfits made in time. Not surprisingly, his mentorship in the design studio is reflected in his thoughtful reading list, revealing Gunn’s interest in big subjects—such as Thomas Mann’s vast bildungsroman—and less portentous fare, such as E.F. Benson’s Mapp & Lucia series of comic novels set in the 1920s and ‘30s.
Below are Tim Gunn’s favorite books, available to purchase as a set or individually.