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Style Rebels From Cleopatra to Lady Gaga

by Jennifer Croll
illustrated by Ada Buchholc

Independent Publishers Book Awards, Silver Foreword Indies Book of the Year Award, Gold Best Books for Kids & Teens 2017, *starred selection, Canadian Children’s Book Centre The Year’s Best List, Resource Links Arkansas Teen Book Award finalist 2017 Amelia Bloomer Project List nomination

Clothes make the woman—and can change the world.

The title says it all: Bad Girls of Fashion explores the lives of ten famous women who have used clothing to make a statement, break rules, attract power, or express their individuality. Some of the famous women featured are Marie Antoinette, Coco Chanel, Madonna, and Lady Gaga, all of whom changed the world’s perceptions of how women should—or could—act. Sidebar subjects include: Elizabeth I, Marilyn Monroe, and Rihanna.

Photos illuminate the text, while edgy, vividly colored illustrations depict the subjects with interpretive flair. Readers will learn not only about changing fashion styles through history, but about changing historical attitudes toward women. The links between fashion and art, film, music, politics, and feminism are also explored. With an energetic, appealing writing style, Croll demonstrates how through the ages, women—often without other means of power—have used fashion as a tool, and how their influence continues to shape the way women present themselves today.


“Richly detailed and engagingly written, Croll’s captivating study is sure both to enlighten and embolden fashion-minded youth.”
—Kirkus Reviews, *starred review, 05/18/16

“Bright, funny, and fascinating . . . an utter blast to read . . . HUGE FUN.”
—Kirkus Reviews, Nonfiction Spotlight, 11/21/16

“With its engaging writing and lavish illustrations, Bad Girls of Fashion makes a bold statement.”
—National Reading Campaign, 12/15/16

“Thank God for books like . . . Bad Girls of Fashion . . . Flashy clothes and colours aside, there is also a serious undercurrent to the book.”
—Quill & Quire, 06/16

“The stories of these 40 women will inspire a new generation of girls to live on their own terms.”
—Canadian Children’s Book News, Fall/16

“So much couture. So much gossip. So much fun.”
—The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books, 09/16

“The book is such fun to read that young fashionistas may not notice how packed with information Bad Girls really is.”
—VOYA, 10/16

“Whopping good fun for fashionistas, Croll’s witty . . . book belongs in public and school libraries and on home shelves.”
—VOYA, 02/17

“Croll digs deep for fascinating details . . . anyone interested in clothes, history, or girl power should pick up a copy.”
—GeekDad, 09/25/16

“Punchy-but-palatable read, perfect for the young feminist with a penchant for pop culture history.”
—Loose Lips Magazine, 09/20/16

“[A] history book for teens [that] won’t end up in the recycling bin.”
—Fashion Magazine, Winter/16

“Entertaining and also informative.”
—CM Reviews, 09/12/16

“An energetic, appealing writing style.”
—Canadian Children’s Book Centre Newsletter, 03/17

“Vividly illustrated.”
—This Magazine, 12/21/16

“Historical in scope and reader friendly, there is much to learn here.”
—Sal’s Fiction Addiction, 07/11/17


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