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Bad Girls of Fashion - Style Rebels from Cleopatra to Lady Gaga

Bad Girls of Fashion

Style Rebels from Cleopatra to Lady Gaga

By Jennifer Croll
Illustrated by Ada Buchholc
Interest Age: 12+
Grade: 7+
Reading Level:
Common Core Correlations
CCSS.ELA-Literacy Strand-Reading literature:

Hardcover : 9781554517862, 208 pages, September 2016 , 9" x 7.25"
Paperback : 9781554517855, 208 pages, September 2016 , 9" x 7.25"


The title says it all: Bad Girls of Fashion explores the lives of ten famous women who have used clothing to make a statement, change perceptions, break rules, attract power, or express their individuality. Included are Cleopatra, Marie Antoinette, Coco Chanel, Marlene Dietrich, Madonna, and Lady Gaga. Sidebar subjects include: Elizabeth I, Marilyn Monroe, Rihanna, and Vivienne Westwood. Photos illuminate the text, while edgy, vividly colored illustrations depict the subjects with interpretive flair. Readers will learn not only about changing fashion styles through history, but about changing historical attitudes toward women, and the links between fashion and art, film, music, politics, and feminism. With an energetic, appealing writing style, Croll demonstrates how through the ages, women – often without other means of power – have used fashion as a tool, and how their influence continues to shape how women present themselves today.


  • Nominated, Amelia Bloomer Project List nomination 2017
  • Short-listed, Arkansas Teen Book Award finalist 2018
  • Short-listed, Best Books for Kids & Teens, *starred selection, Canadian Children’s Book Centre 2017
  • Joint winner, Foreword Indies Book Awards 2017
  • Runner-up, Independent Publishers Book Awards, Silver 2017


“Well researched and thoroughly referenced. ”

- Resource Links, 04/17

“Whopping good fun for fashionistas, Croll’s witty . . . book belongs in public and school libraries and on home shelves. ” 

- VOYA, 02/01/17

“Historical in scope and reader friendly, there is much to learn here. ”

- Sal’s Fiction Addiction, 07/11/17

“An energetic, appealing writing style. ” 

- Winnipeg Public Library, 04/27/17