Friday, September 16, 2022

Nevertheless, She Wore It: 50 Iconic Fashion Moments by Ann Shen


My sleep schedule is all messed up from being sick so when I woke up in the middle of the night with fever and couldn't go back to sleep, I looked through my Kindle for something quick to read and landed on NEVERTHELESS SHE WORE IT, which is basically an illustrated lookbook of 50 iconic fashion moments and how they apply to women's history.

This was fine but it could have been a little better. I think it lacked cohesion. Some of the entries were very specific outfits, such as Josephine Baker's banana skirt, Bjork's swan dress, and Lady Gaga's meat dress, Serena Williams's tennis jumpsuit, etc., but other entries were in reference to a broader style of a time-- for example jeans (yes, just the pants), the bikini, afros, and a couple other looks. One of the entries is just a marathoner's choice to continue running despite having started menstruating and staining her uniform with blood. Not really an outfit.

I feel like the author had a neat idea for what she wanted this book to be but didn't execute it as well as it could have been. It should have been all specific looks or all broad looks. Mixing them was confusing, and made it look badly organized. I agree with one of the other reviewers that these looks also should have been sorted by era. Also, I'm unsure who the target audience for this book is. It's sort of a picture book but I'm not sure how many children would find this interesting, as it uses a lot of big words and it's pretty text heavy.

2.5 to 3 out of 5 stars

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