Fabulous Fashion Inventions

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Did you realize that swimming suits used to weigh 22 pounds (about 10 kilograms)? Or that the first people to wear high heels were French royalty (even the king!) in the 1500s? Get ready to learn the amazing stories behind inventions you use every day. From the society woman who invented bras to the Swiss inventor who came up with the idea for Velcro, you'll find out how we got some of our favorite fashion inventions.

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Overview

Did you realize that swimming suits used to weigh 22 pounds (about 10 kilograms)? Or that the first people to wear high heels were French royalty (even the king!) in the 1500s? Get ready to learn the amazing stories behind inventions you use every day. From the society woman who invented bras to the Swiss inventor who came up with the idea for Velcro, you'll find out how we got some of our favorite fashion inventions.

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Children's Literature - Amy S. Hansen
Part of the "Awesome Inventions You Use Every Day" series, Waxman writes about things we all know, but probably did not think about being invented. Blue Jeans? An invention? Yep. So are buttons, baseball hats and even shoes. Blue jeans are credited to Levi Strauss, but not all of these fashion enablers have a specific originator. In those cases, Waxman does a good job of telling the history in broad, yet still interesting strokes. Take buttons, for instance, they were first used as decoration, not fasteners. Clothing had buttons but no buttonholes. And buttons were the fashion statement of the kings. "No one spent more on those buttons than France's King Louis XIV. Rumor has it that this bling-loving ruler spent millions of dollars on buttons!" The writing is suitably breezy, but accurate. Small, stick-figure cartoon appear amid the text, adding levity. As is true with the whole series, each subject is explained in a two-page spread with the text on the even page, and strong photos on the odd, or facing pages. Many of the photos have substantial captions or sidebars. These are fun books that will be read quickly and thoroughly. They hit the new common core standards of nonfiction reading material, but are neither dry, nor boring. Back matter includes glossary, lists of further information and an index. Reviewer: Amy S. Hansen
School Library Journal
11/01/2013
Gr 2–4—This set is a browsers' delight as well as a rich resource for science or pop-history report writers. The volumes each pair breezy but factual accounts of the development of 10 to 12 common items with a mix of modern and period images or photos. Familiar as the inventions are (e.g., blue jeans, Band-Aids, Botox, toilet paper, and instant replay), the stories of their creations are often not so easy to discover. The generous annotated resource lists at the end of each volume add further value.
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Laura Hamilton Waxman has written many nonfiction books for young readers.

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