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Style Rebels and Renegades Through the Ages

by Jennifer Croll
illustrated by Aneta Pacholska

EUREKA! Nonfiction Children’s Book Award, California Reading Association Best Books for Kids & Teens, Canadian Children’s Book Centre Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers Nomination, YALSA

A daring and different look at men’s fashion rule-breakers and icons

First came the bad girls. Now Jennifer Croll turns the spotlight on fashion’s bad boys. From Louis XIV to Kanye West, Bad Boys of Fashion takes us on a tour of the iconoclasts, leaders, and mistfits throughout history who have all used fashion to get what they want. Just as she did in her award-winning Bad Girls of Fashion, Croll shows us the power of clothes and the links between fashion and politics, art, social movements, and more. Croll’s lively and engaging prose draws the reader in, providing enough information to satisfy both budding fashionistas and pop-culture junkies alike. Aneta Pacholska’s illustrations are modern and fun, perfectly complementing the text and making the book as exciting to look at as it is to read.

In-depth features include Louis XIV, Oscar Wilde, Marlon Brando, Malcolm X, Andy Warhol, Karl Lagerfeld, Clyde Frazier, Malcolm McLaren, David Bowie, and Kanye West, with a diverse array of shorter biographies on subjects like Che Guevara, Basquiat, and Prince enriching the text.

* A Junior Library Guild Gold Standard Selection


“An engaging look at men who helped make and break fashion history . . . With its richly accessible prose and visually captivating subjects, this will inspire and challenge readers to follow in these trendsetters’ footsteps.”
—Kirkus Reviews, *starred review, 01/28/19

“Croll’s guide to “bad boy” fashion, style and pop culture through the ages is interesting, enlightening and highly readable. She seamlessly interweaves history, style, music, sport, politics and fashion in such a way that readers young and old, those with no fashion knowledge, fashion students, history buffs and pop culture junkies will all discover something new. The mix of stylish layout, sidebars, Warhol-esque portraits, graphic cartoon renderings with saturated colours, and authentic photos allow readers to select areas that pique their interest for a quick read or to dive in and become riveted until the end.”
—CM Reviews, 02/22/19

“A whole lot of fun for browsers and researchers alike.”
—Booklist, 03/15/19

“Will surely spark debate.”
—School Library Journal, 03/19

“Pacholska captures the men’s quintessential qualities through bold, eclectic digital portraits . . . Croll makes the case for how an individual’s look can become iconic due to the indelible impression left on public consciousness by their actions.”
—Publishers Weekly, 05/19

“Engaging . . . eye-catching . . . This book is both fun to look at and interesting to read.”
—School Library Connection, 08/19

“Well-researched and well told!”
—Youth Services Book Review, 02/05/19

“[A] colorful, historical roundup of some of the most famous icons of men’s fashion . . . this book is a celebration not just of clothing and accessory choices but of iconic men, some of whom have been marginalized in their time and in history.”
—Kat in the Library, 02/08/19