Learn to Speak Fashion

Learn to Speak

By Laura DeCarufel and Jeff Kulak

From 9 to 13 | 96 pages, color

Fashion surrounds us…and some might even say overwhelms us. Whether it’s shopping for clothes or getting dressed in the morning, it’s easy to feel at odds with a world that seems to be all about appearances. But not only can fashion be fun, silly, impulsive, and even inexpensive – it can also be a really rewarding avenue of self-expression for everyone.

By starting with the most basic formula (clothes + art = fashion), Learn To Speak Fashion strips away the anxiety and artifice to get to the heart of what makes clothing so much more than what we put on our bodies. The lessons within these pages range from understanding how to dress every part of the body and how to make your own pair of pants, to learning how to harness your design ideas with an inspiration board, or hold a fashion show in your backyard.

Like the two previous Learn To Speak titles, Learn to Speak Fashion warmly welcomes both the clueless and the informed with telling anecdotes; surprising revelations; and clear, conversational language from Laura deCarufel, an author who has extensive experience reporting on fashion around the world. So whether the aim is just to look good or to pursue a career as a designer, reporter, or stylist, this book will speak to the fashionista in all of us.
Readers with an established interest in the fashion industry will find honest and encouraging advice. - Publishers Weekly
A beautifully designed primer on developing one's personal style. - School Library Journal
Young fashionistas dreaming of launching their careers will find solid advice in this information-rich book that promotes 'a lifelong friendship with fashion.' - Quill & Quire
With a fresh and honest, yet age-appropriate look at the fashion world, Learn to Speak Fashion gives creative fashion designer wannabes a place to start. Fun and inspiring!
- CM Magazine: Canadian Review of Materials
deCarufel's personal anecdotes about her experiences in the field add a very sincere feel to the book and make it obvious how passionate she is about her work.
- Canadian Children's Book News
Young people, both boys and girls, who hope to conquer the fashion world, will be happy to see a book published that speaks to their dreams. - Resource Links
Childrenʼs Literature Roundtables of Canada Information Book Award, 2013
Canadian Children's Book Centre Best Books for Kids and Teens, 2013
VOYA's Nonfiction Honor List, 2013

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