Bad Girls of Fashion: Style Rebels from Cleopatra to Lady Gaga
By: Jennifer Croll
The book cover the lives of ten women who made history and hugely impacted fashion. If it had not been for their influence fashion would not be what we know it today. 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 and illustrations show the fashion risks and trends that these ladies took or started in their lives. This book will educate you about how fashion has changed through history but also how it has been used socially and politically as a tool to cause change.
The book includes lots of trivia interspersed throughout. For example Cleopatra knew nine languages and wrote medical texts and Marie Antoinette did not say "Let them eat cake".
I did find the way the book was organized confusing, but overall enjoyed learning about these powerful women and the history of fashion.
I think this would be a great read for those interested in fashion, art, history, or feminism.
Publisher: Annick Press
Date: October 11, 2016
Age Range: 12 Years