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Top Grade: K-8 & High School, Fall 2016

Bad Girls of Fashion
Style Rebels from Cleopatra to Lady Gaga
By (author): Jennifer Croll Illustrated by: Ada Buchholc
Jennifer Croll ,

Illustrated by :

Ada Buchholc


Annick Press - Toronto



Product Form:


Form detail:

Paperback , Trade


Juvenile: Age (years) 12, Grade (CAN) 7, Grade (CAN) 7, Grade (US) 7
Sep 13, 2016
$16.95 CAD


9in x 7.25 x 0.48 in | 540 gr

Page Count:

208 pages
Annick Press
Amelia Bloomer Project List nomination 2017, Nominated Arkansas Teen Book Award finalist 2018, Short-listed Best Books for Kids & Teens, *starred selection, Canadian Children’s Book Centre 2017 Foreword Indies Book Awards 2017, Joint winner Independent Publishers Book Awards, Silver 2017, Runner-up
  • Short Description
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, change perceptions, break rules, attract power, or express their individuality. Included are Cleopatra, Marie Antoinette, Coco Chanel, Marlene Dietrich, Madonna, and Lady Gaga. Sidebar subjects include: Elizabeth I, Marilyn Monroe, Rihanna, and Vivienne Westwood. 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, and the links between fashion and art, film, music, politics, and feminism. 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 how women present themselves today.

Jennifer Croll is the author of Fashion That Changed the World and has written for magazines including NYLON, Adbusters, and Dazed and Confused. She lives in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Ada Buchholc is a Polish illustrator whose clients around the world include New Republic, Little White Lies, and enRoute. She lives in Poznan, Poland.

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

- VOYA, 02/01/17

“Historical in scope and reader friendly, there is much to learn here.”

- Sal’s Fiction Addiction, 07/11/17

“An energetic, appealing writing style.”

- Winnipeg Public Library, 04/27/17

“Well researched and thoroughly referenced.”

- Resource Links, 04/17

“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

“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

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