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Adult/High School—Recognizing fashion styles and trends is one thing; putting them together in new and interesting ways is an altogether different animal. This handy guide helps with both the recognition of fashion dos and don'ts as well as with the development of new—and true—personal styles. It is part history, part fashion adviser, part shopping manual, and all fun. Each item of female clothing, from dresses to accessories to pants to underwear, is covered, with great black-and-white and color illustrations. Sections for each garment include what it looks like, the designer who first introduced it, celebrities who made it hot, and how it can be worn today. Who would have thought that parachute pants could be made rockin'? This would make a good addition to browsing collections, especially in larger libraries and those that have an abundance of fashion-forward or aspiring-designer teens.—Charli Osborne, Oxford Public Library, MI
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How does a midiskirt differ from a pencil skirt? What’s the history of hot pants? Presented in a spacious format and the language of a fashion magazine, this breezy, informative overview of women’s clothing and accessories will illuminate even seasoned fashionistas. Divided into apparel categories, from underwear to overcoats, the chapters introduce archetypal styles (e.g., sailor pants and skinny jeans) with clear line drawings, background history about each style (“Who Made It”), the cultural icons who popularized it (“Who Made It Hot”), and tips for making outfits (“How to Rock It”). The up-to-the-minute fashion sensibility and casual language may date quickly, but any teen interested in clothing will devour this compendium of quick historical facts and practical advice, such as “the key to rocking parachute pants is not looking like you’ve just woken up from a generational slumber.” A sure bet for reluctant readers. Grades 9-12. --Gillian Engberg
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Zest Books (May 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0979017343
  • ISBN-13: 978-0979017346
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 8.2 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #55,014 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Erika Stalder is the creator of PSTOL.com, a site for girls who want to BUILD EMPIRES and aren't afraid to BREAK a few NAILS along the way.

She has authored and co-authored five nonfiction books for young adults on everything from dating to fashion to car smarts. Most recently, she has contributed to the Dear Teen Me anthology.

Erika is a member of the TeenNick advisory board and serves as a guest lecturer at schools including FIDM and Nueva School for the Performing Arts and events like the National High School Journalism Conference and Girls for a Change Summit.

Erika penned a popular column for abcFamily's Secret Life of the American Teenager website and contributes to publications including Refinery29, Nylon.com, Style.com, Yahoo Beauty, Wired, Time Out LA, and more.

Customer Reviews

EXCELLENT QUALITY PRODUCT contains excellent pictures and clear explanations.
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Fashion 101 goes in depth about every fashion trent and item and the history about it.
Yee Ying Chau Mah
A great book for someone with passion for fashion and wanting to learn more about it.
Dawn Flake Kern

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Peri on December 29, 2010
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This book as decent, it's great if you're looking to know types of pants or types of collars, but I was hoping to learn more. Most of it consisted of things anyone would know. A platform shoe, a sports bra, a vest. Simple articles of clothing people wear all the time made this book very generic and not very imformative to someone aspiring to learn more about fashion and what makes it work. However, the one feature I loved was where it described who made it to begin with, and who made it hot. If you're looking for fashion history this book could be quite useful. Good luck, I hope you find what you are looking for.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Patrick L. Schmitz on July 2, 2008
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This book is a great blend of history, factoids and advice, covering a wide spectrum of fashion from the go-go boot to the corset.
I have never discovered anything like this before and would deffinately recommend it to anyone interested in fashion, whether it is a fashion student or someone trying to improve the contents of their own closet.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Mom on November 2, 2010
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I bought this thinking it would be great reference in my alteration/custom sewing business, thinking it would give me re-design inspiration. I was disapointed, it is mainly a reference guide with the origin of clothing pieces (pencil skirt, capris, ect...)..Great for middle or high school children.....Gave it to my daughter!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Gail Weinstein on July 20, 2008
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This book has given me a new perspective and puts a rich history into the things I wear everyday. A detailed clothing bible if you will, this book covers every type of fashion trend, including hot pants, all the way to every accesory or shoe one could want to know about. It gives hot new trends and old classic styles their names, talking about where things really originiated, making me feel more informed about fashion and even sound smarter! :) All in all this is a great book and a MUST have if you spend as much time as me choosing my outfit everyday!
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Yee Ying Chau Mah on July 17, 2008
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Fashion 101, is a must read for any person who wants to pursue a career in fashion, is really into fashion or is just dying to know how fashion trends were made, who made it hot and how to wear it. This book gives you a detailed idea of every fashion item from a jumper dress to espadrilles (a cross between a sandal and a wedge). It tells you when it was created, how people wore it, and how to rock it well. I absolutely loved this book, because there are so many items that I never knew about, for example, the peacoat originated from sailors as part of their costume. As well, I always thought skinny jeans was a very new trend, but it actually was rocked by the Ramones and the Beatles back in the 1960's. Fashion 101 goes in depth about every fashion trent and item and the history about it. There are so many clothes that I didnt even know about!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Lisa Macklin on July 20, 2008
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Its Crazy to think about the fact that there is so much history in the world of clothing. This book gave me great insight to what a love of clothing styles came from and how/when they started. Great and Interesting read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Susan B. Meeks on December 26, 2012
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This book is awesome as a reference book for fashion terms with illustration to make it easier to feel more confident when selecting patterns for example....
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By justchevelles on February 4, 2013
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I like this item for any beginner fashionista or student. Buy it, use it and have fun like we do.
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