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When the fashionista marches to the beat of her own drum
on October 28, 2009
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