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November-December 2016

REVIEW: The women who challenged—and influenced—fashion

From Cleopatra to Lady Gaga

Ophelie Zalcmanis-Lai@ophelieZL

1466969344Bad Girls of Fashion: Style Rebels From Cleopatra to Lady Gaga
By Jennifer Croll
Annick Press, $24.95

Fashion is often mistaken as temporary, nothing but a wave of passing fads—but not in Bad Girls of Fashion: Style Rebels From Cleopatra to Lady Gaga by Jennifer Croll. In her vividly illustrated book, Croll takes us through fashion contextually. Readers get a chic inside look at artists, queens, musicians, and designers who didn’t just change fashion—they challenged it. From Marie Antoinette, who used fashion as a way to prove her influence, to Lady Gaga, who used her outfits as protest, Croll reminds readers: “fashion is anything but frivolous.”

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