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DeCarufel, Laura. Learn to Speak Fashion: A Guide to Creating, Showcasing, and Promoting Your Style.

4Q * 3P * M * J * S DeCarufel, Laura. Learn to Speak Fashion: A Guide to Creating, Showcasing, and Promoting Your Style. Illus. by Jack Kulak. Owlkids, 2012. 96p. $22.95. 978-1-926973-37-1. Index. Illus.

This book looks at everything connected to fashion, beginning with a discussion of finding one's own style then moving on to the fashion industry. Much of the book focuses on the work of fashion designers: how and where they find inspiration for their designs, the skills they need (like sewing), and how they put together a runway show. The reader learns what a photo shoot is and how to make one happen. One of the later chapters deals with how a designer can get the word out about their collection. The author concludes with what she calls a "hands-on toolkit," with helpful suggestions for those interested in working in different areas of the fashion industry.

Any teen with an interest in fashion will find much to like about this book. While the cover is not especially appealing, the interior layout is eye catching and packs a lot of information into a rather slim book. The material is presented in a breezy, conversational style, with humorous asides from the author. The book definitely targets the teen reader and gives useful suggestions for any budding designer--like spending time in a fabric store to familiarize oneself with the different types of fabric. Additionally, the advice for finding one's own style is solid and very doable. The most glaring omission is a list of concrete resources for fashion-minded teens--the tool-kit at the end is a good start, but too vague.--Debbie Wenk.

4Q Better than most, marred only by occasional lapses.

3P Will appeal with pushing.

M Middle School (defined as grades 6-8).

J Junior High (defined as grades 7-9).

S Senior High (defined as grades 10-12).

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Author:Wenk, Debbie
Publication:Voice of Youth Advocates
Article Type:Book review
Date:Aug 1, 2012
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