Why'd They Wear That? (Hardcover)
Fashion as the Mirror of History
National Geographic Children's Books, 9781426319198, 192pp.
Publication Date: February 10, 2015
About the Author
TIM GUNN (FORWARD) is a renowned fashion consultant, television personality, actor, and author. He has served as the chair of fashion design at Parsons New School for Design as well as chief creative officer at Liz Claiborne. He is well-known as the chief mentor to designers on the hit reality television series Project Runway and the headliner of spinoff shows Tim Gunn's Guide to Style and Under the Gunn. He is also the author of A Guide to Quality, Taste and Style as well as Tim Gunn's Fashion Bible: The Fascinating History of Everything in Your Closet.
Praise For Why'd They Wear That?: Fashion as the Mirror of History…
"Opening with a foreword by style guru Tim Gunn, this lavishly illustrated book presents history as a long and winding runway of fashion. In its brightly adorned pages, readers can gaze and gawk at the strange outfits humans have dreamed up since “casting off their smelly bear-skins” 10,000 years ago." – The Washington Post
"...this is truly an ageless piece of work that does everything a book should do. This book educates, elucidates, and entertains and should be deemed required reading for anyone who is interested in fashion on any level." – New York Journal of Books
"What a good idea for a book. And what a clever way to do it. As the subtitle says, this hefty, extensively illustrated book uses fashion to discuss the ways and whys people dress and how it reflects what’s happening in their civilization." – Booklist
"Now see, the reason I like National Geographic Kids is that they’re reliable. Take Why’d They Wear That?, for example. You know what you’re getting here, even if you don’t know the details. Mind you, the details are where all the good stuff is." – School Library Journal
"Full of period images that show off every bustle, frill, and rivet, this wide-ranging guide to clothing throughout time will fascinate history and fashion buffs alike." - Publisher's Weekly
"A fascinating read for fashion and history aficionados." – The Horn Book