Fashion History

Different Like Coco – Elizabeth Matthews

Gabrielle ‘Coco’ Chanel was always different; poor, skinny and an orphan and she turned that difference to an advantage. Creative with sewing skills she began making clothes that suited her figure, and soon a new generation of independent working women craved her sleek, comfortable designs.  She revolutionised the fashion industry.  An excellent picture biography, fascinating.

Levi Strauss Gets a Bright Idea – Tony Johnston

What’s a Californian Miner to do when gold dust sifts right out of his holey pockets? Good thing Levi Strauss heads out west with his needle and full of bright ideas. Levi keeps all the gold rush miners in clothes and becomes a hero, when he creates the Levi jeans. Facts mixed with ‘tall tales’, completely entertaining and interesting. 

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