Planet Fashion

Pub Date:   |   Archive Date: 30 Apr 2019

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This book was very informative and laid out very well. One of my sons wants to follow my footsteps and design clothing, so we read this together and we both learned quite a bit actually.
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Planet Fashion by Natasha Slee is a delightful history book for young readers. Over a century of fashions trends are presented via twenty-five different scenes packed with fashion factoids. My cubs and I read this together, and we all mostly enjoyed it. The facts did feel disjointed- random decadal-oriented collections, scattered over cluttered scenes. I did like that different parts of the world were explored. Recommended for kids interested in fashion history. 

***Many thanks to Netgalley and Quarto Publishing for providing an egalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.
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I’m very torn about this book — how to say if it is “good,” I mean. I believe it is, but I can’t tell if itos for the reasons its creator(s) intended. 

It’s full of information I didn’t know.I loved the trivia and discoveries in contexts both outside of the U.S. and outside the standard settings I’d become accustomed to from books or movies. 

The tricky part to me was that the visual style was not at all appealing to me. I’m not sure how it could have been improved upon, because this style did avoid several pitfalls: it seems to ignore questions of “conventional” (perhaps substitute “advertising” or “entertaining”) beauty - no fashion-sketch thinness among the women (one looks very pregnant, in fact), and no increasing the size of eyes or lips while shrinking noses. 

I have to wonder if this lack of appeal I felt is connected to the artist avoiding these conventions, but I also admire the way they got around what (I imagine) must be one of the trickiest things about a history of fashion — the question of how the “everyone” wore something, rather than just the slim (or otherwise “ideal”).

My thanks to the publisher and Net Galley for providing a digital copy of this book to review.
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This book follows a consistent pattern. It takes a region/cultural group and time period and explores the fashion elements that defined the era. It looks at silhouettes and fabrics. The role of gender and politics. It's largely the "what" of a time period's fashion but there's a fair amount of exploration of "why". This includes not just the clothes but also the culture. Be it bicycles or disco, war or economic surplus, many things have an influence on fashion. Slee looks at a wide variety of locations as well. A fun look at history for young readers.
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Gorgeous illustrations, a wealth of information, and a diverse range of cultures and locales make this a fashion title to recommend. Unfortunately, the font choice made reading very difficult for me. I'd be very interested in purchasing this title if they could adjust the fonts in a new edition to make the text more legible. 

My thanks to Wide Eyed Editions and NetGalley for providing a free copy in exchange for an honest review.
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This is a fun little book for kids, however it does treat the subject in a childish way and I think kids are smarter than that and if they have an interest for fashion, then this book is a nice start but not enough. 

The information and representation is only a small complaint. The big one is... the font of the text and how hard it was to read! It is pretty hard to get over that - and the dry information did not make it better to read.

But the illustrations are a lot of fun.
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Brightly illustrated and beautifully written, Planet Fashion will take its readers on a chic and informative stroll through the evolving fashion of the 20th century from Europe and America to Asia and Australia.

Each double-page spread shows a snapshot of fashion history, heavy with layers of detail, painting a portrait of what life was like for people of that time and place, and how changes in society and culture propelled transformation in clothing and self-expression.

My young daughter was so excited and inspired reading through this beautiful book, enjoying the funky illustrated scenes and picking up some new vocabulary from the rich narration. A wonderful gift for any child interested in the development of modern fashion.
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Illustrated in style(!) by Cynthia Kittler, this book is an unusual one for children, but I think it will be well-received. Anyone who knows me well or who has read some of my reviews, will know I have no time for the fashion industry, but this book isn't about those pretentious and self-indulgent poseurs. It's a history book about how fashions have changed over the last century and who was wearing what and when. Naturally it's quite USA and Euro-centric, but it also covers other places, such as Australasia and Central America, which was commendable.

It's designed as a print book which means the tablet computer cannot really present it properly. It has to be enlarged to read the text, and then reduced to slide to the next double-page spread, and frankly this caused issues on occasion, with a page disappearing or appearing out of order until I swiped back and then forward again, which seemed to fix it. Do not proceed to page 33 or you will become stuck like I did, unable to swipe back from it! You have to use the slider at the bottom of the screen to get back. Those irritations aside, the book is fully-illustrated and very colorful, but it's not all imagery - there is a lot of text supporting each page and the book is quite long for a children's book, but it is packed with information and interesting facts, and the last few pages have timelines to augment the text.

There is a small boy and a small girl who appear on each double-page whom you're encouraged to look for, and who are dressed in the fashion of the time, and there is also a search exercise at the back where you look at a series of smaller images taken from the earlier pages and then try to find which page it came from. Doubtlessly that would be easier in a print book too. Little kids will have a blast with that while learning something important about how we humans love to adorn ourselves for better or for worse as each page transports them progressively to a different era, and often a different country. I commend this as a fun and education book.
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I was interested in this book to use as an overview of fashion through time for my children as we homeschool.  I received an eARC copy from the publisher that in no way affects my review.
The book is very colorful.  It is almost too colorful for me.  Some people like color and I get that.  I do, but in a different style.  It is very busy!  If you want a lot to look at you will enjoy this book.  The artistic style did not appeal to me.  I cannot really describe it well, but will try.  Caricatures meet Picasso?  It was just very abstract to me.  If I want something depicting history of fashion I struggle if the clothing is only a caricature of what it actually was.
The content dates are late 1800s to present and quite a few are American.  I did like that at the end there was a timeline and drawings of shoes only.  Those were neat touches!
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I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.  			
			
From the publisher, as I do not repeat the contents or story of books in reviews, I let them do it as they do it better than I do 😸.			
			
Hold onto your hats and lace up your boots; we’re off on a fashion adventure! Travel through 25 scenes in fashion history, circling the globe with your two young stylish travel companions—one boy and one girl dressed the part in every picture. Each lavishly illustrated scene captures the mood and style of a unique time and place, accompanied by a trove of fashion history facts.
 
Your journey begins over one hundred years ago, twirling around the ballroom in gowns and tailcoats. Travel on to dress up in Oriental silks to see a performance of the Ballet Russes, shimmy down in the flapper fashion of the Harlem Renaissance, fling your feather boa as you schmooze with movies stars on the Hollywood red carpet, and glue your hair into spikes as a London punk in this celebration of fashion and culture.
 
Each vibrant, style-defining setting shows an array of characters showing off the distinguishing fashions of the time. Captions point out key fashion features, accessories, and cultural influences—like the cycling bloomers of the active and career-driven New Woman at the start of the twentieth century, the morale-boosting felt hats worn during the Second World War, and the plastic sunglasses inspired by space goggles from the Space Race era. Fact boxes give the time, place, key designers, and trends in silhouettes, hemlines, and sleeves for each fashion scene.
 
Use the timelines at the back to see how historical events intersect with the evolution of fashion. One timeline summarizes the formative events of the twentieth century and three others highlight trends in shoes, hats, and bags. A Can You Find? page gives you the motivation to study the scenes even more closely. Can you find a waiter dropping his tray of coffee on the streets of Paris? And a pair of roller skates at the dazzling disco jam?
 
From Bollywood to Hollywood, suburban Canada to the French Riviera—embark on a voyage of discovery. A century of inspiring style awaits… 

This is a cute little book for kids interested in fashion - unfortunately, it was sent to me whilst I was out of the country and I could not get a chance to fully appreciated it by reading it for review in the 2 or 3 days that I had before it archived: ergo, a  so-so of the road 3 stars - why did it take so long to get to me???

	
			
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I loved this book!  

I have been studying fashion for so many years and wish I had this book when I was younger.

What I really enjoyed was the way the author presented fashion not only in chronological order but also geographically.  Her depiction of international fashion was fascinating.

The descriptions were informative and fun and I loved the wonderful illustrations with a bit of whimsy thrown in.
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Planet Fashion is an amazing glimpse into the world of fashion and its gorgeous and storied history. As educational as it is fun and beautiful, we get to take a peek at the processes and thinking behind some of fashion's most distinctive designs over time such as hemline lengths. 

The illustrations are gorgeous, busy, and full of detail; making it ideal for those who want to do a deep dive and easy for those who are just exploring to get what they want to experience from this book. 

This book is great for adults as well!

Thank you to Natasha Slee, Quarto Publishing Group Wide Eyed Editions, and NetGalley for giving me this ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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This is a very impressive picture depiction of fashion over the past 100 year.  And not just fashion in the West, such as the US and Canada, but throughout the world.  We get images from India, Shanghai and Vietnam as well as the UK (several times) and the US (several times). 

  

Each spread talks about the shape of the clothes, and the how and why of each  situation that made it distinct and special. The little facts about each section bring home the issue of the whys and wherefores of how the dress was done.

Highly recommend it.  Easy enough to access, and wonderful information.

Thanks to Netgalley for making this book available for an honest review.
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Nice and colourful. The most beautiful book to ensure that children get the most out of the history of fashion. 

Recommend to not just children but adults.
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This book fills a gap in my library about fashion.  The pages are bright and inviting, although possibly a bit overstimulating.  There is a lot going on in each scene and if you don't look carefully you might miss something.  The main font was a little difficult to read on a computer, but hopefully that won't be the case in the printed book.  The captions around the page describing outfits and events of the time period and place were entertaining and informative.  I recommend this book for middle grade readers who are curious about fashion.
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This is a well-illustrated and researched book for young people on the art of fashion and design that is incredibly ambitious in that it not only covers fashion across the ages, it also explores what was happening during these periods in different parts of the world. It explores trends in England, China, Japan, Australia, Mexico City, the USA, to name but a few!

I also felt I leaned new things - for example, that in the mid 1920s, because of the discovery of Tutankhamen’s tomb, patterns were then seen on dresses that contained hieroglyphics. 

The selected font in the book was sometimes a little much for me as it became distracting. I did love the illustrations though and the notes of interest that were spread across each of the pages. That the author is a fashion and lifestyle journalist is evident and gives great depth to this short book.

I would recommend this for someone who has just embarked on a journey of fashion discovery! 

Many thanks to NetGalley, Quarto Publishing and Natasha Slee for a copy of this ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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Planet Fashion is a fascinating  journey in fashion history, both elegant and informative at the same time. We get a glimpse into distinctive fashion characteristics (silhouettes, hemlines, sleeves), key designer figures, accessories and cultural set-up at different points in time and place. I loved the international aspect of this book- scenes from China, Vietnam, Australia, West Germany, Japan, South Africa… The illustrations are gorgeous and drawn in a fashion designer style that budding fashion connoseurs will definitely find inspiring. There is an interactive element- in all 25 scenes there are 2 recurring characters, our journey guides, a boy and a girl. At the end of the book there are also addtitional ‘spot in the picture’ activities. I also loved the timelines which really brought it home how silhouettes, shoes and bags have changed over the 100 years of fashion history covered in this beautiful book.
Thank you to NetGalley and Quarto Publishing Group Wide Eyed Editions for the ARC provided in exchange for an honest opinion.
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Do you know a child who is interested in fashion?  Maybe you know a child who has watched Project Runway with you.  Maybe you just want to let a child know that the world is full of interesting things to learn.  For any of these kids, Planet Fashion is a fun resource.

The book covers 100 years of fashion history in detailed, bright, appealing two page spreads.  The book starts in 1890.  Just a few of the places to visit include Paris, Harlem, London, Mexico, China and India.  For each fashion described there are facts listed by the figures.  There is also for each two page fashion look, a section including When, Where, Key Designers, Silhouette, Hemline and Sleeves. 

At the back of the book, there are additional pictures of accessories including hats and bags.  There is also a section with objects to look for. All in all, the whole package is amusing yet informative.

Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for this tour of fashion.  I truly enjoyed it.  All opinions are my own.
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The ARC of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

"Planet Fashion: 100 years of fashion history" by Natasha Slee is an adorable little book about the history of fashion all around the world and how it has changed throughout the years.
It totally drew my attention and I found it very interesting. The illustrations are really beautiful, colorful and enhance the detailed text. All the clothes are detailed drawn and explained. The font here used isn't a typical one, but I appreciated this choice because it is an elegant and particular writing style. This is a new and funny way to learn about the history of the clothes that were used in the past but that have influenced the clothers we use today.
I strongly recommend this book to all children and even to adults: it's a captivating time travel through an amazing kind of topic. There's a lot to learn and to be inspired of.
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This is a gorgeous, colourful book that looks at the history of fashion from around the world. It's information is detailed and fascinating; it will inspire and educate in equal measure. 
I wasn't personally find of the font choice, but i’ll be in the minority as it fits to the style of the book:
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