Fashions of a Decade: The 1970s / Edition 2

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Looks at how the fashions of the 1970s reflected the social, historical and cultural events of that decade.

Looks at how the fashions of the 1970s reflected the social, historical and cultural events of that decade.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Meredith Kiger
One in a series of eight books updated and revised, the 1970s edition follows fashion through the decade, juxtaposing its trends and influences with the events of the day. The 1970s is characterized in the introduction as the period of the "Me Decade," with additional emphasis on the Women's Movement, protest and the Viet Nam War, pride in Black identity, and breakthroughs in science, medicine, and technology. The subsequent eight chapters focus on the various influences on fashion in details, such as sex and drugs in pop culture and music, ethnic and black identity, a return to the classics, and the disco craze. The appealing layout utilizes text, period photos and illustrations, and boxed highlights designed to grab the attention of young readers. The text is well researched with a heavy reliance on popular culture rather than the more balanced views of earlier editions in the series. A chronology, glossary, and an index are included.
School Library Journal
Gr 7 Up-- Two volumes filled with color, splash, and razzle-dazzle. The 1950s is lively--indeed, Joseph McCarthy, Marilyn Monroe, and Elvis Presley will convince readers that the decade of Peter Pan collars and synthetic fibers wasn't at all dull. All appropriate details are included in The 1920s , from jazz, Lucky Lindy, and haute couture through the stock market crash and elections allowing women to wear knickers. Pictures of armorlike corsets and a woolen beach dress will astound today's blue-jeans set, and learning that the Lacoste polo shirt dates from the same period will make it relevant to them. Trivialities aside, both books show how clothing reflects changes in society. The easing of restrictions on women's lives, as well as the influence of economics, the media, and national myths are readily understood. Some attention is also given to male fashion and divergent dressing. A three-column time chart allows comparison of political, social, and fashion events. Attractive to those interested in the subject of clothing, the books will also be winners with students doing research on these specific eras.-- Cindy Darling Codell, Clark Middle School, Winchester, KY
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780816067237
  • Publisher: Chelsea House Publishers
  • Publication date: 12/28/2006
  • Series: Fashions of a Decade Series
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 64
  • Age range: 3 years
  • Product dimensions: 8.70 (w) x 11.20 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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