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Why'd They Wear That? : Fashion as the Mirror of History
by Sarah Albee and Timothy Gunn


Overview - Move over Project Runway. Get ready to chuckle your way through centuries of fashion dos and don'ts In this humorous and approachable narrative, kids will learn about outrageous, politically-perilous, funky, disgusting, regrettable, and life-threatening creations people have worn throughout the course of human history, all the way up to the present day.  Read more...

 
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Overview
Move over Project Runway. Get ready to chuckle your way through centuries of fashion dos and don'ts In this humorous and approachable narrative, kids will learn about outrageous, politically-perilous, funky, disgusting, regrettable, and life-threatening creations people have worn throughout the course of human history, all the way up to the present day. From spats and togas to hoop skirts and hair shirts, why people wore what they did is an illuminating way to look at the social, economic, political, and moral climates throughout history.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9781426319198
  • ISBN-10: 1426319193
  • Publisher: National Geographic Society
  • Publish Date: February 2015
  • Page Count: 192
  • Reading Level: Ages 10-UP
  • Dimensions: 10.9 x 9.2 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds


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Books > Juvenile Nonfiction > Art - Fashion
Books > Juvenile Nonfiction > History - General

 
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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2014-12-15
  • Reviewer: Staff

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. Albee gives overviews of Renaissance, Elizabethan, and Baroque fashions (among many others), while highlighting how economic and social changes were often directly reflected in clothing—during the Great Depression, for instance, costume jewelry replaced more expensive accessories. In the 1920s, flapper dresses represented women’s liberation, and the styles of the 1960s and 1970s were sometimes inspired by current events (following the moon landing, the “space age” look became the rage). Albee also highlights the extremes to which individuals will go to conform to fleeting ideals of physical beauty—such as the practice of binding feet in China or the wearing of whalebone corsages and crinolines. An insightful study of how clothing is shaped by—and sometimes helps shape—history. Ages 10–up. (Feb.)

 
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