The Power of Fashion

Today I have a book that shows the power of fashion.  Since it is Women’s History Month, I thought it would be fun to profile a book that shows how women have used fashion to craft an image, to make a statement and to further the cause of women’s equality.  The clothes we wear can speak volumes to others and women who have been marginalized throughout history in other areas have used this voice to communicate.

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Title: Bad Girls of Fashionbad girls of fashion the power of fashion

Author: Jennifer Croll

Target: Grade 6 and up

What this book is about:

This book profiles women throughout the ages who have used fashion to influence others, express themselves and shape the way people think of them. The author looks at royalty such as Cleopatra and how her fashion choices cemented her image and loyalty of her subjects. She examines artist such as Frida Kahlo who wore and painted herself in clothes that expressed her political opinions. She also looks at iconic fashion editors such as Diana Vreeland who was able to move away from traditional standards of beauty to fashion that was experimental and riskier. Also included are modern day artists such as Lady Gaga, feminists and political protestors,

Why I love this book:

  • This book is both a wonderful history lesson as well as a primer for how women have used fashion over time. While women may have lacked the same platforms as men to influence others throughout history, they were and are able to use their clothing choices to create powerful statements about their role in society and their opinions.
  • The writing, photos and illustrations are extremely compelling. I felt like I was reading a narrative at times as opposed to a set of facts. Croll does a great job of crafting an interesting story about these women.
  • The one downside of the book was the layout. I was completely confused in the first chapter on Cleopatra when smack in the middle there is a segment on the Empress Dowager CIXI and Queen Elizabeth. As I read on I realized the author was inserting examples of similar women or women who had been influenced by the individual being discussed. It made more sense as I read on, but the first few chapters will have readers scratching their heads.

Who this book is for:

Kids who are interested in fashion should read this one. However, it is also a wonderful history lesson so kids who are interested in women who have made a statement should appreciate this offering.

Final thoughts:

Loved all the photos and illustrations!

To purchase this book:

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