From Library Journal
There is not much to like about this carelessly compiled book. Despite the author's obvious affection for the clothing, dances, lingo, and pop culture of the swing era, she fails to provide much information about any of these topics. Although costume is the primary focus, the fabrics in the items shown are not always identified. Captioning is often inane, and costume details called to the reader's attention are not always shown in the pictures--why point out a dress's "rhinestone jelly buttons" without benefit of a close-up shot in which they can be seen? The garments worn by the models--some from the author's collection, others from vintage clothing shops--are often ill fitting and badly wrinkled. Values are usually included, but there is no indication of how they were arrived at. Textile terms are defined in a glossary labeled "jive lingo," and the index is wholly inadequate. Skip this book, but take the author's advice about using back issues of fashion magazines: they are a great source of retro costume information.-Margarete Gross, Chicago P.L.
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About the Author
Maureen Reilly is an attorney and a fashion author who lives in California.