Saturday, May 22, 2010

"101 Things I Learned in Fashion School"

"101 Things I Learned in Fashion School"
by Alfredo Cabrera with Matthew Frederick

Source: provided by Anna at Hachette Books

My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

My Review:

When I first opened this book, I thought, "Whoa, this is going to be all definitions of fabric weaves and official fashion terms, sounds boring." But then I got about 20 pages in, and I devoured the book in one sitting! Definitely not boring!

Each of the 101 tips had it's own page and an illustration on the opposite page. I liked how quirky quotes, fashion history, useable hints for shopping and dressing, and the afor
ementioned terms and definitions were all interspersed throughout the book. The diversity really made reading this one flow nicely and made me want to keep turning the pages.

I'm interested in sewing, and I found some really useful tips that I didn't know before, that I will definitely be using. I also learned the answer to some fun fashion questions:

Why do men's and women's shirts button up differently?
What makes jeans so sexy?
How do I mix patterns successfully?
How do I tie a necktie properly?

The price of this one is a little steep, but the book is itself is sturdy and of good quality. The book is small and would be a great gift.

Bottom Line: I really enjoyed this one, it was a quick, fun read and I learned a lot! I would recommend this book as a gift book for someone who is really interested in fashion, sewing, or even just a big shopper!

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