Fashion Rebels (Paperback)
Style Icons Who Changed the World through Fashion
Aladdin/Beyond Words, 9781582704876, 176pp.
Publication Date: September 6, 2016
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Throughout time, daring women have made fashion choices that have altered the course of history. From Marie Antoinette, who wore a hairstyle as large as her presence, to Coco Chanel, who imagined a world without rib crushing corsets and heavy gowns, to Katharine Hepburn, who walked around the studio in her underwear when studio executives refused to let her wear her then-scandalous jeans, these women were mavericks as well as rebellious icons.
Their fashion choices mirrored and redefined what it meant to be a woman in their era. They didn’t follow trends or cultural conventions, but instead set the course with their own style. Their brave and inventive fashion choices paved the way for female empowerment.
Featuring hairstyle tips, DIY projects, inspiration boards that break down each icon’s style, and illustrated timelines that cover the evolution of pants, skirts, the little black dress, and more, Fashion Rebels: Style Icons Who Changed the World through Fashion invites readers to treat fashion as an act of fearless creativity—and even become fashion trailblazers themselves.
About the Author
Carlyn Cerniglia Beccia is the award-winning author and illustrator of three children’s nonfiction books: Raucous Royals, Who Put the ‘B’ in the Ballyhoo, and I Feel Better With a Frog in My Throat. She has received the Golden Kite Honor, the Cybil Award, and the International Reading Association’s Children’s and Young Adult Book Award. She teaches digital painting throughout the United States and is the author of the bestselling Digital Painting for the Complete Beginner. She lives north of Boston. You can find out more via her website at CarylnBeccia.com.
Praise For Fashion Rebels: Style Icons Who Changed the World through Fashion…
— Kirkus Reviews
Cleopatra and Elizabeth I wielded power that allowed them to dress as they wished without much opposition. Marie Antoinette, with her mile-high hair, discovered that there was a downside to that. Today, pop stars have created a world where pretty much anything goes, often to the distress of parents. Good news! Aimed at grades 4-6, this book is designed to be informative and interactive, as well as very “cool”. I found it fascinating and fun, and I think lots of parents will find it to be common ground with their young rebels. Fashion guru Iris Apfel moves the contents into the world of philosophy: “When you don’t dress like everybody else, you don’t have to think like everybody else.” Lemons into lemonade?
— Retailing Insight
Students who pick up this book will find a treasure trove of history and fashion advice within its pages. Beginning with the original fashionista, Cleopatra, and spanning history to modern day style icons Tavi Gevinson and Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen, this book hits all the biggies. Much of the book contains brief fashion histories of 25 figures, but there are also special instructions on how to replicate certain styles, a full page layout of each person's most iconic looks, and individual style tips from some of the women. Illustrations are provided in b&w sketches reminiscent of couture drawings. The book places a heavy emphasis on finding one’s own style, one that reflects one's inner core. The greater message is that fashion is only as important as the way it is used, and that a person's sense of style should not in any way define that person. The only addition that might have contributed additional interest would have been some color plates, especially for the fashion breakdowns. However, a detailed footnote section provides more than enough additional resources for readers who want to dive further into the world of fashion. Bibliography. Glossary.
— School Library Connection