Me age 4!
Hi, I’m Alice, and while Sam and the Undead Pets are away, I’m guest blogging and reviewing some of my favourite books with a fashion theme. ♥
First up, ‘Fashion’ by DK Books. I’ve always loved fashion (check out my cool outfit →). And history is my fave subject, so this fab book was perfect for me. It gives a detailed history of fashion from the floaty garments of Ancient Egypt, to the eccentric world of catwalk fashion. It also includes bios of some of the most influential designers and style icons, including Coco Chanel, Queen Nefertiti, Elizabeth I, Twiggy and Schiaparelli (some of my faves!).
Three fashion shockers from the book:
- -Ancient Egyptian priests wore wax cones on their heads that melted in the sun!
- -17th Century shoes were made of wood!
- - Marie Antoinette’s skirt was often 3.5 meters wide!
Next up is ‘Secrets, Schemes and Sewing Machines’ by Katy Cannon!
This is an essential must read YA novel which I have read over and over again.
It’s all about a girl called Grace who adores acting. It’s her life, until she is late for an audition and everything falls apart. Then she offers to join the costume team instead- but she barely even knows how to sew. All her struggles, emotions and relationships are captured in this fantastic novel, as well as sewing tips and instructions. So get out your needle and thread and be inspired to sew. (That’s if you can bring yourself to put the book down for a moment!)
I love this book because the characters are easy to relate to and realistic and it carries a strong message throughout. And if, like me, you can’t get enough of the series, try reading book one, ‘Love, Lies and Lemon Pies’.
The third fashion book I love is ‘Marshmallow Skye’ by Cathy Cassidy, part of the Chocolate Box Girls series. It’s all about a family who make chocolate.
This is another book which I must have read at least 5 times, basically because it is about two of my favourite things: fashion and chocolate! It also captures the problems of friendships and families perfectly.
The story is told from the POV of a vintage-fashion-loving twin named Skye, who always feels she’s overshadowed by her twin. And then she finds a trunk of 20s dresses and accessories that belonged to an old relative. But disaster strikes when one of her closest friends reveals that he’s fallen for her twin, and Skye once again feels second best. Things go from bad to worse when she can’t stop dreaming about the owner of the dresses, and she falls in love with a ghost boy from her dreams. But she knows that she can never even meet him.
This haunting teen novel still manages to be light and not too serious, which is why it’s so enjoyable to read.
Next up is a book called ‘How to draw Vintage Fashion’ by Celia Joicey and Dennis Nothdruft.
It is one of my faves, because it shows you how to draw fashion like a REAL designer! Which is great if you love to design fashion, but aren’t sure where to start. It gives tips from accomplished designers, and info on what type of figure to draw depending on which decade the outfit is from. It also gives a short history on fashion from the last century.
It is accessible and easy to follow, but also detailed and factual. It is very inspirational and it is laid out clearly with plenty of colour.
The last book I want to tell you about is ‘Popular – a memoir’ and it’s by Maya Van Wagenen; who is a real life teen.
It is another must-read, because it is funny, emotional and exciting all at the same time!
The book begins when Maya discovers a 1950s popularity guide, by Betty Cornell, a cool 1950s teen model. Maya swears to follow the advice of the guide to increase her position on the high school popularity scale. But do girdles, pearls and long skirts change her social life for better or for worse? Well, you’ll have to read the book to find out!
It is an amazing book about fashion, make up and general attitude which I LOVE. I especially like the thoughtful dedication- ‘to all those who’ve sat alone at the edge of the playground.’ It also made me laugh loads, and I’m sure it will do the same to you.
With all these fab reads to get your teeth into, all that’s left to do is to find your inner fashionista and have fun!
Bye for now, Alice x