Thursday, December 22, 2016

Bad Girls of Fashion: Style Rebels from Cleopatra to Lady Gaga

Bad Girls of Fashion: Style Rebels from Cleopatra to Lady Gaga
By Jennifer Croll
Illustrated by Ada Bucholc
Annick Press, 2016. Informational.

The title of this book essentially describes the contents - the lives of ten very famous, stylish women are outlined; with a special focus on how they used clothing to attract power, influence others, and assert their own individuality. The book features some of history's best-known tastemakers like Marie Antoinette, Coco Chanel, and Frida Kahlo with short entries on other famous women like Miuccia Prada, Wallis Simpson, and Elizabeth I.

Every so often I come across a book that I wish every little girl would read - this is one of those books. If I can use the term girl-power without sounding cliche, this book entertains with stories of some of the most important women in history - women who were able to accomplish incredible things because of, and not in spite of, their interest in fashion. This history is well-written, engaging, and fun. The bold, bright, colorful illustrations are sure to interest any reader with even a casual interest in women's or fashion history.

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