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Fashion 101
A Crash Course in Clothing

Every piece of clothing has a story, a place in history, and a cultural icon who made it famous. Part Forever 21, part Project Runway, and part wiki, Fashion 101 (June 2008; Zest Books; $18.99; 128 pages; four-color illustrations; paperback; ISBN-13: 978-0-9790173-4-6) chronicles more than three centuries of fashion. Thorough, educational, and playful, Fashion 101 provides inspiration for young fashionistas, vintage store fanatics, and even jeans-and-T kids.

With a passion for completeness and accuracy, author Erika Stalder spent months doing research in both the academic and cultural worlds.Thousands of hours later, Stalder selected (and illustrator Ariel Krietzman drew) more than 300 wardrobe items that continue to influence apparel today, detailing what they look like, who designed them, how to wear them, and which celebrities made them hot.
In Fashion 101 readers will find:

• Know Your Necklines: From boat to V, pictures show what covers (cowl) and what reveals (the plunge).
• The Motorcycle Jacket: It was called “The Perfecto” even before Marlon Brando immortalized it in The Wild One.
• Ball Gown: Even wonder why traditional ball gowns have so much volume from the waist down? See page 12!
• Man Girdles: Today, we simply call them belts. But in the 16th century, military men wore them for practicality.
• Men With Mules: Yet again, 16th-century men launched a new look: the mule shoe. Women took it over once a naked female foot was no longer considered   scandalous.

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Fashion 101
A Crash Course in Clothing

by Erika Stalder
June 2008; $18.99 US;
128 pages; four-color; illustrations; paperback original
Ages 12+, Teen nonfiction
ISBN-13: 978-0-9790173-4-6

Erika Stalder is a San Francisco-based writer who has contributed to Wired, Missbehave, Planet, and The Journal of Life Sciences, and worked with the International Museum of Women to produce the Imagining Ourselves anthology. She also currently writes the Dear Erika advice column for ABC Family’s The Secret Life of The American Teen website.