Killer style : how fashion has injured, maimed, & murdered through history

by McMahon, Serah-Marie,

Format: Print Book 2019
Availability: Available at 7 Libraries 7 of 7 copies
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C.C. Mellor Memorial Library Children Non Fiction J 391 McM
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The clothes we wear every day keep us comfortable, protect us from the elements, and express our unique style--but could fashion also be fatal? As it turns out, history is full of fashions that have harmed or even killed people. From silhouette-cinching corsets and combustible combs to lethal hair dyes and flammable flannel, this nonfiction book looks back at the times people have suffered pain, injury, and worse, all in the name of style. Historical examples like the tragic "Radium Girl" watchmakers and mercury-poisoned "Mad Hatters," along with more recent factory accidents, raise discussion of unsafe workplaces--where those who make the clothes are often fashion's first victims.

Co-authored by a scholar in the history of textiles and dress with the founder of WORN Fashion Journal , this book is equal parts fab and frightening: a stylishly illustrated mash-up of STEAM content, historical anecdotes, and chilling stories. Nonfiction features including sidebars, sources, an index, and a list of further reading will support critical literacy skills and digging deeper with research on this topic.
Murderous mercury hats
Catastrophic comb bombs
Dangerous hair dye
Lethal lead makeup
Strangling scarves
Constricting corsets
Alarming lice
Flaming flannelette
Poisonous green
Risky radium
The radium girls
Factory catastrophes
Restrictive skirts
Deadly denim distress
Fatal footwear fiascos
Blazing ballerinas.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Fashion historians McMahon and David serve up looks that kill in this riveting exploration of the perils of fashion through the ages. Between lead paint, mercury-mad hatters, and exploding combs, this book is a succinct history of the hazards of fashion and cosmetic trends. But don't be fooled; this book isn't just macabre titillation. Though there is a healthy dose of the morbid and a quirky incorporation of myth, the authors give equal weight to the rightful debunking of tall tales. They also zero in on the dangerous business of fashion: the corner cutting and poor working conditions that caused factory fires and collapses, radiation exposure, and silicosis poisoning, all reminders of the hazards of ""fast fashion."" The authors give well-researched consideration to non-Western fashion history, an inclusive take that is all too rare in surveys of this kind. Readable and well organized, the book incorporates primary-source illustrations, advertisements, and photographs into the information-rich pages, while Wilson's quirky woodblock prints add some texture to the sleek design. The authors do an especially seamless job of using contemporary parallels as practical proof that even fashion history repeats itself. A fun, yet thoughtful look inside fashion perils past and present.--Ada Wolin Copyright 2019 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Chronicling more than just fashion faux pas, Worn Fashion Journal founder McMahon and textiles researcher Matthews David detail the often-fatal injuries that style trends have wrought throughout history. The Canadian pair divide their book into three parts ("Horrified Heads," "Miserable Middles," and "Unlucky Legs") and 16 short chapters, spotlighting hazards ranging from mercury in millinery to arsenic in green dye, radium-infused products, and deadly scarf and high-heel mishaps. Alliterative wordplay ("Flaming Flannelette," "No More Mr. Lice Guy") and a matter-of-fact narrative keep the subject from feeling overly macabre. Wilson's vignettes are paired with archival photos that illustrate the subject's sometimes gruesome consequences for consumers and producers. Dire situations don't stop with the wearers; the authors underline hazardous conditions for workers, including the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire and how the practice of sandblasting denim can cause silicosis ("The biggest risks in this book were always taken by those most desperate for a better life"). This fascinating account of some of history's harmful haute couture and other fads concludes with an extensive bibliography and index. Ages 9-12. (Apr.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Clothing and dress -- Health aspects -- History -- Juvenile literature.
Clothing and dress -- History -- Juvenile literature.
Fashion -- History -- Juvenile literature.
Clothing and dress -- History.
Fashion -- History.
Publisher Toronto, ON :Owlkids Books,2019
Contributors Matthews David, Alison, author.
Wilson, Gillian, 1982- illustrator.
Language English
Description 48 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 27 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (page 46) and index.
ISBN 9781771472531
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