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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Laurence King Publishing (September 23, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1856696324
  • ISBN-13: 978-1856696326
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 1.5 x 11.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,167 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Nina Chakrabarti is an illustrator based in London. She was born and spent her early life in Calcutta, India, then studied illustration at Central Saint Martin's College and The Royal College of Art, London. Her work is often concerned with collections and the composition of objects. She works using Rotring pens, felt tips, biros, pencils, ink, and the computer. Her clients include Habitat, French Connection, Vogue, and Marks and Spencer.

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Customer Reviews

I wasn't sure what to expect of this book, and I was pleasantly surprised!
E. Griffin
I would particularly recommend this book for tween girls, girls at an age when they're trying to discover who they want to be.
Shevi
"My Wonderful World of Fashion: A Book for Drawing, Creating and Dreaming," is a great gift idea for a young creative girl.
C. Irish

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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By E. M. Van Court VINE VOICE on October 28, 2009
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This book is a better approach to fashion for girls in a lot of ways. The book itself is heavy on what appear to be recycled materials, and the text and graphics are in black and magenta, but the austerity is offset by a down to earth artistic style of illustration and engaging, conversation prose.

Normally, I'm pretty skeptical about fashion books for girls. This one, I would consider giving to a girl.

It encourages readers to actually make things rather than look at glossy picture. There are a wide range of ideas for drawing, some things to cut out, and ideas for projects for the readers.

It's not tied to a marketing campaign. Many fashion books are tied to a specific brand of clothes or toys. This one is not.

It enourages readers to come up with their own ideas, rather than accept the interpretations of the authors and their product placement.

It surveys a broad range of cultural influences and eras. Ancient, modern, Asian, American, African, and other influences and the connections are discussed. Nothing smug, pretentious, or overbearing, just cited as influences on modern fashion and as sources of inspiration.

The book is meant to be drawn, glued, and cut, so it might not be suitable to be shared (depends on the kids in question).

This would be an excellent gift for the fashion minded girl who is ready to have her horizons expanded.

E. M. Van Court
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Brenda on December 4, 2009
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I am a 29-year-old graphic designer who works at a fashion house. I saw this book featured on a blog and immediately rushed over to amazon.com to purchase it. A tremendous amount of talent and creativity went in to creating each page. Some of the spreads are absolutely beautiful - i.e., the gloves, the shoes, the flowers...

Nina is an amazingly talented illustrator - you may not like her style, but that's just what it is: her style.

I highly recommend this book, because it goes above and beyond what one might expect from a coloring book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By L on December 6, 2010
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This drawing book is awesome! I got it as a gift, with a 36-pack of colored pencils. It's bigger than I had imagined it would be -- it's the perfect size though. And it was much thicker than I imagined as well. They've got really cool things to color in, like pretty people and interesting designers stuff, jewelery, and create patterns for leggings and put lace on things. There's a couple of activities too, and you put makeup on some of the faces, and so much other stuff. Also, the front and back isn't made up of the same material as most drawing/coloring books (which is that glossy kind) -- it's sort of card-board-y which is great because you can color on the cool illustrations on the front and back, and its hard enough. The font for it is really cute, and I love all the illustrations. Great buy! I'd recommend this as a gift, or for yourself. Also it's not just for elementary-school ages.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Judy Smith VINE VOICE on December 1, 2009
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It says here this book is for ages 8 and up but I feel like it should be for older children myself. It has black and white pictures of clothes, shoes, accessories, etc that your child can color in and fashion their own designs. There's even a page of different button shapes...although I thought that page didn't include a good representation of buttons in general. The page with bows was much better.

It even encourages your child to seek out old patterns for ideas, which I thought was neat. The page with the different stitches was also rather generic and you will have to illustrate this to your child yourself.

Overall, I think the book is really neat and any girl interested in fashion will enjoy putting her ideas into play using this book. I also think mom will enjoy helping her along with her project!
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15 of 21 people found the following review helpful By CJ-MO VINE VOICE on December 13, 2009
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From the title of this book, I thought it was going to be more of a true fashion design book for tweens and young teens, but that was not the case. I think that older tweens/young teens would quickly become bored by the activities in the book, such as drawing buttons on a shoe.

I would not classify the book as a fashion design creation book, but more a nice, creative coloring book for girls ages 8 to 10. For that age group, I think it would be fun and girls would be introduced to many different styles of fashions and also clothing from other cultures. The book would be good as a unique gift for the right age group.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C. Irish TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 21, 2009
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"My Wonderful World of Fashion: A Book for Drawing, Creating and Dreaming," is a great gift idea for a young creative girl. Actually, girls of any age will enjoying this wonderful, large book that is like an art journal, coloring book, fashion creation book with fashion facts from around the world and lots of fun things to color and make.

There are ideas galore in this book. My daughter and I ooooh'd and aw'd while we looked at page after page of great things to color and create. This is an amazing collection of nail art, purses to design, hats and shoes to color and draw. There are dresses to design, hair styles to create, necklaces and earrings to create and color, and many more wonderful ideas.

This book is bound in a sturdy, large format. I noticed that with markers if you push hard while coloring with them, they did slightly bleed through to the other side, but light marker coloring, crayons, colored pencils and other media work very well with the paper weight.

The book is filled with fashion ideas, shoes, and fashions from around the world as well as designer ideas to color and dream about.

My ten year old daughter is a perpetual artist/notebook carrier and this book really fits the bill as far as kids who love to color and draw are concerned. It is a very lively and fun book to carry around and color and create. It also gives ideas on how to make things like Tye Dye and button necklaces to spurn creativity beyond the book. It has a stitch list and examples of stitches to take your creating and artistry further. This is simply a wonderful art book for girls. We adore it. During the winter months this will fill up many hours of coloring and creating. This book is not skimpy either, it's a huge fat book that will keep fashionistas busy for a very long, long time.
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