Does a Ten-gallon Hat Really Hold Ten Gallons? : And Other Questions About Fashion


Brides are always all dressed in white.

Cowboys were the first people to wear jeans.

Wearing a hat indoors can make you go bald.

You may have heard these common sayings or beliefs before. But are they really true Can they be proven through research Let's investigate seventeen statements about fashion and find out which ones are right, which ones are wrong, and which ones stump even the experts! Find out ...

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Brides are always all dressed in white.

Cowboys were the first people to wear jeans.

Wearing a hat indoors can make you go bald.

You may have heard these common sayings or beliefs before. But are they really true Can they be proven through research Let's investigate seventeen statements about fashion and find out which ones are right, which ones are wrong, and which ones stump even the experts! Find out whether women really once wore skirts so wide they could barely walk through doors! Discover whether a dog helped invent Velcro! See if you can tell the difference between fact and fiction with Is That a Fact

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761349136
  • Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 8/1/2010
  • Series: Is That a Fact? Series
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 40
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: IG800L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 7.10 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Born in Rochester, Minnesota, Alison Behnke had the good fortune to live in Rome, Italy, for three years while in grade school. Not only did this move expand her horizons enormously and introduce her to one of the world's best and most beautiful cities, but it provided her with a wealth of writing material. Even before her Roman holiday, however, she knew that she wanted to be an author—a desire which, according to her parents, she first voiced around age six. Good teachers, avid reading, and a children's librarian for a mother all fed the fire. She went on to take a degree in English with a focus on Creative Writing, and at present count she has written more than thirty books. Behnke live in Minneapolis, and when she's neither reading nor writing, she spends her time on pursuits including photography, travel, and striving to make the perfect espresso.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 4

Is it True that Women Once Wore Skirts so Wide They Could Barely Walk through Doors? 5

Does a Ten-Gallon Hat Really Hold Ten Gallons? 6

Did Some Women Once Wear Corsets So Tight that they Damaged Their Bodies? 8

Has Thin Always Been In? 10

Did Women Once Paint Their Legs Instead of Wearing Stockings? 12

Is Makeup Bad for you? 14

Are Tattoos Must-Have Body Decorations in Some Cultures? 16

Has Less (Clothing) Always Been More (Fashionable)? 18

Are Brides Always All Dressed in White? 20

Were Fashionable Men Once Called Macaroni? 22

Did Chinese Women Once Bind Their Feet to be Only a Few Inches Long? 24

Did a Dog Help Invent Velcro? 26

Will Wearing a Hat Indoors Make You go Bald? 28

Were there Really 30-Inch-Tall Shoes? 30

Are Supermodels Really Super? 32

Were Cowboys the First to Wear Jeans? 34

Does Music Make a Fashion Statement? 36

Glossary 38

Selected Bibliography 39

Further Reading 39

Index 40

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  • Posted October 22, 2010

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    Consider adding this dazzling book to your collection

    If you fancy yourself to be a `tween or teen fashionista and always have an eye out for the latest fashions or find yourself checking out the latest fashion magazines whenever you can, you just might be interested in fashion history. Take for example, the white wedding gown. Every woman who's on "Say Yes to the Dress" has her heart set on white (or some variation), but were wedding dresses always white? If you said "no" it was probably just a guess, but you'd be correct. When Queen Victoria married Prince Albert in 1840 she wore a gorgeous white gown, which promptly became the rage. Prior to that "women often wore blue, red, or whatever color they liked to their weddings." Did you know that Laura Ingalls Wilder's wedding dress was black? That's not in this book, but you'll read about many other traditional colors wedding dresses come in and some very interesting facts about them. This book has answers to some very interesting questions that range from those that involve fashion facts to those that concern your health. For example, you'll learn if thin has always been in (or not), if super models are really super (or not), and if thin is really healthy (or not). You'll get a peek at an amazing picture of a woman whose waist is so tiny you'll swear that if it were not a vintage photograph you'd think someone had been tinkering with it in Photoshop. Whatever your interest in fashion may be, you'll certainly be wowed by some of the interesting facts you'll encounter when you learn the answers to some interesting questions that differentiate between fashion fact and fallacy. Here are just a couple interesting questions you'll find the answers to: "Is makeup bad for you?" "Are tattoos must-have body decorations in some cultures?" "Did a dog help invent velcro?" The young fashionista will be fascinated by this book of fashion questions. The questions are quickly answered with some very interesting historical vignettes. The seventeen questions and/or the answers range from serious to silly. For example, we are asked, "Were fashionable men once called macaroni?" No spoilers here, but you will finally know why Yankee Doodle "stuck a feather in his cap, and called it macaroni." I enjoyed reading this book and did learn many amazing facts I was unaware of. This is a perfect book for the reluctant reader who will learn many historical fashion facts by default. The layout of the book is bright, busy, and very appealing. In the back of the book is an index, a glossary, a selected bibliography, and additional recommended book and website resources. Was there really such a thing as 30-inch shoes? You'll just have to read the book to find out! Quill says: If you have a curious young fashionista who would love learning a fascinating mishmash of historical facts about fashion, you just might want to consider adding this dazzling book to your collection!

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