A perfect fit : how Lena "Lane" Bryant changed the shape of fashion

by Rockliff, Mara,

Format: Print Book 2022
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Discover how the Lane Bryant clothing brand changed the way we buy clothes forever by celebrating bodies of all shapes and sizes in this inclusive picture book biography of a Lithuanian immigrant with a brilliant eye for fashion and business. With stunning artwork from Sibert medalist Juana Martinez-Neal.

Lena came to America with nothing but a dream--and an exceptional ability to drape and snip and stitch. She never used a pattern or a tape measure, but every dress she sewed turned out to be a perfect fit.

Then, one day, a customer presented her with a new challenge. Could she design a stylish, comfortable gown for a body shape that did not meet the current standards of fashion?

Lena took the challenge. Under the company name Lane Bryant, she became famous for flattering and modish clothing designed for all different shapes and sizes. The world of fashion would never be the same.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Lane Bryant is still a recognizable name in fashion, but few may realize that the company's history spans over a century--or that Lane Bryant was an actual person. Lena "Lane" Bryant learned to sew at a young age, eventually immigrating to New York to join her sister in working at a garment factory. Bryant marveled at the material and machinery, soaking up knowledge and eventually purchasing a sewing machine of her own. Her list of clients increased, but one customer had a special request: Could Bryant make her a fashionable gown capable of growing with her pregnant belly? Bryant met the challenge with ease, attracting a swath of new customers. As the successful enterprise grew to include ready-to-wear fashion, Bryant saw a chance to innovate again, altering basic patterns to incorporate a much wider variety of body shapes. She quickly became a pioneer in plus-size fashion, and her extraordinary legacy lives on in the company even decades after her passing. Rockliff's marvelous story highlights a refreshingly unfamiliar face, and the text is bursting with action and cheer. The soft illustrations, rendered in subtle shades but dazzling detail, are replete with gorgeous, textured nods to art nouveau stylings and golden Klimt paintings. An elegant ode to a delightfully different kind of designer who wanted fine fashion accessible to all, not just a privileged few."
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Rockliff (Sweet Justice) and Martinez-Neal (Tomatoes for Neela) tell how a Lithuania-born Jewish emigrant to America became a name that's now a mainstay of shopping centers and malls. Once in the U.S. with her sister, young Lena Bryant (1877--1951), ever looking for a "perfect fit," refuses an arranged marriage, then quickly proves she is both a brilliant seamstress (she "never used a pattern or a tape measure"), and a determined entrepreneur (a necessity when she is widowed with a baby). But what sets this classic immigrant story apart is how the advice of her rabbi grandfather--"help another person"--results in Bryant's liberating fashion innovations. Her maternity wear offers pregnant clients elegance and comfort, "with room to grow," and her awareness that "all dress patterns were the same shape. But all women were not" informs the creation of "clothes that didn't squeeze or pinch." Measured prose and sepia-textured pages--filled with velvety drawings of flowing fabric, Gibson Girl hairdos, and elaborate gowns--suit the historical moment, while making Bryant's contributions to feminist fashion always evident. An author's note details her progressive commitment to her employees and customers. Ages 4--7. Author's agent: Jennifer Laughran, Andrea Brown Literary. Illustrator's agent: Stefanie Sanchez Von Borstel, Full Circle Literary. (Apr.)"
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Additional Information
Subjects Bryant, Lane -- Juvenile literature.
Bryant, Lane.
Lane Bryant (Firm) -- History -- Juvenile literature.
Plus-size women's clothing industry -- United States -- Biography -- Juvenile literature.
Clothing trade -- United States -- Biography -- Juvenile literature.
Businesswomen -- United States -- Biography -- Juvenile literature.
Plus-size women's clothing industry,
Clothing trade.
Businesspeople -- Biography.
Women -- Biography.
Publisher New York, NY :Clarion Books,2022
Edition First edition.
Contributors Martinez-Neal, Juana, illustrator.
Language English
Description 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 29 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references.
ISBN 9780358125433
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