Children’s Book Reviews

Children's Book Reviews: Bad Girls of Fashion

Publish December 15, 2016

Jennifer Croll’s Bad Girls of Fashion offers a fascinating exposé on style rebels throughout history.  As Croll posits, clothing is much more than just frivolous frippery, it has the ability to be a “powerful tool for shaping opinions and for challenging the status quo.”  This provocative argument is smartly explored in 43 profiles of female iconoclasts like Cleopatra who tactically styled herself in the image of the goddess Isis to bolster her political power, and Marlene Dietrich who blurred the gender lines and caused a stir in Hollywood by the radical act of wearing pants.  Also featured in the eclectic mix are artists (Frida Kahlo), political activists (Angela Davis), designers (Elsa Schiaparelli), writers (George Sand), and musicians (Lady Gaga). Well organized, each chapter is introduced by a pithy rap sheet on the featured fashion-forward visionary, complete with full name, date of birth, occupation and “bad girl cred.”  This thoroughly researched book includes archival photographs, a selected list of references, further resources to consult, and an index.  Ada Buchholc’s gorgeous, colourful portrait drawings look like haute couture fashion designs, and sidebars entitled “Iconic Look” resemble inspiration boards.  With its engaging writing and lavish illustrations, Bad Girls of Fashion makes a bold statement.

Bad Girls of Fashion

Jennifer Croll
Illustration EN: Ada Buchholc
Annick Press
ISBN 13: 978-1-55451-785-5

Linda Ludke
Linda Ludke

Linda Ludke is a librarian at London Public Library.  Her reviews have appeared in Quill and QuireSchool Library Journal and CM:  Canadian Review of Materials.  When she’s not reading and writing she also loves searching for vintage treasures.

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