Move over Project Runway. Get ready to chuckle your way through centuries of fashion dos and don'ts! In this humorous and approachable narrative, kids will learn about outrageous, politically-perilous, funky, disgusting, regrettable, and life-threatening creations people have worn throughout the course of human history, all the way up to the present day. From spats and togas to hoop skirts and hair shirts, why people wore what they did is an illuminating way to look at the social, economic, political, and moral climates throughout history.
About the Author
SARAH ALBEE is the author of more than 100 children's books. She has had three of her books appear on the New York Times children's bestseller list. She currently has an upper-middle-grade, nonfiction book published in May, 2010 about the history of toilets and sanitation entitled Poop Happened! A History of the World from the Bottom Up, and a follow-up title under contract due out in 2013 about how insects have affected human history. She blogs daily on a variety of science and social history topics geared toward middle-grade readers (sarahalbeebooks.com/blog). She spent nine years as an editor at Children's Television Workshop, working primarily for Sesame Street and attending both the Bologna and Frankfurt Book Fairs.
TIM GUNN (FORWARD) is a renowned fashion consultant, television personality, actor, and author. He has served as the chair of fashion design at Parsons New School for Design as well as chief creative officer at Liz Claiborne. He is well-known as the chief mentor to designers on the hit reality television series Project Runway and the headliner of spinoff shows Tim Gunn's Guide to Style and Under the Gunn. He is also the author of A Guide to Quality, Taste and Style as well as Tim Gunn's Fashion Bible: The Fascinating History of Everything in Your Closet.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Synopsis- Have you ever wondered why the Greeks and Romans draped cloaks over themselves? Why we have “Royal Purple”? How ladies walked in gigantic hoop skirts? Well, this book tells the answers to these questions, and many more. They make you wonder, laugh, and feel sorry for the wearers (did they KNOW they were poisoning themselves???). Plunge into the history of fashion! What I Thought- This is a really cool nonfiction book. It goes through a history of the known world, and teaches about how they made clothes or why they did them like that. I like how this book teaches kids more than they would think about a time period. The book is written in paragraphs, with little fact boxes, captions, and real photos/paintings/art. It makes it all visually interesting. The paragraphs are in columns, like a newspaper, but dotted with pictures and mini fact boxes. The book mostly focuses on the rich of the time, mostly because they were the ones with the most outrageous fashions. It explains that in Renaissance times, women would eat arsenic wafers to get that shade of deathly pale just right. Ms. Albee has written a wonderful nonfiction book that will get kids thinking about history from a different point of view. This was a really cool book that makes you really wonder about the history (and future) of the world! *Note I got a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review
If there is a Guinness Book Record for a title that produces the most gasps, guffaws, giggles and groans, this book must be the winner! Never have there been more calls downstairs requesting "Hey, Mom! Listen to this!" as one savory fashion and history factoid is devoured after another. Albee's book is extremely well-researched and written in an engaging conversational tone. The design of the book, per typical National Geographic format, is colorful and balanced between longer articles and bite-sized informational tidbits. This book has been in constant rotation from coffee table to nightstand to desk throughout the house. Each family member clamors for "their turn" with the book. WHY'D THEY WEAR THAT is fun, funky and fascinating!