Bad Girls of Fashion
The title says it all: Bad Girls of Fashion explores the lives of ten famous women who have used clothing to make a statement, change perceptions, break rules, attract power, or express their individuality. Included are Cleopatra, Marie Antoinette, Coco Chanel, Marlene Dietrich, Madonna, and Lady Gaga. Sidebar subjects include: Elizabeth I, Marilyn Monroe, Rihanna, and Vivienne Westwood.
Photos illuminate the text, while edgy, vividly colored illustrations depict the subjects with interpretive flair. Readers will learn not only about changing fashion styles through history, but about changing historical attitudes toward women, and the links between fashion and art, film, music, politics, and feminism. With an energetic, appealing writing style, Croll demonstrates how through the ages, women — often without other means of power — have used fashion as a tool, and how their influence continues to shape how women present themselves today.
Jennifer Croll is a writer and editor whose work has appeared in a variety of publications including Nylon, Adbusters and Dazed & Confused, as well as the book Women in Clothes. She's a former editor of style magazine The Block, and is a regular contributor to Vancouver's alt weekly the Georgia Straight. She lives in Vancouver, Canada.
Book Review by Bree Herron
I loved this book! It was a fun way to read about women in history, and their strengths, or rebel moments with fashion. As a mom, I try to raise my daughter with knowing about fierce women that have come before us, this book hit the mark and more. It gave variety, beautiful images and some unique to me women.
I really loved that it had a sequences and growth. From Cleopatra to Marie Antoinette, then modern day women like Madonna. It was fun to have such an expansive group to choose from. My daughter though she is 2 enjoyed the images and illustrations. Parents can find great historical points about each woman in this books as well, making it a fun conversational starter or even history lesson.
**DISCLAIMER: I was provided an opportunity to read this book as an Advanced Reader Copy in return for a fair and honest review.
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