The Hundred Dresses: The Most Iconic Styles of Our Time

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Bloomsbury Publishing, Jun 20, 2013 - Design - 224 pages
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From the Sack to the Sari, each dress makes a powerful statement about the woman who wears it. Inspired by the Eleanor Estes' children's classic The Hundred Dresses, Erin McKean's classic-to-be by the same title, with chic illustrations by Donna Mehalko, is a definitive and witty look at what one hundred iconic dress styles, vintage and modern say about their wearers.

Each beautifully illustrated entry looks at the history of that particular style, famous wearers (if applicable), possible accessories, where the style could be observed, and what message, subtle or overt, is conveyed by the dress.

Featured are The Wench; The Vreeland; The Wrap; The Austen; The Beckham; The Siren (any style, as long as it's red); The Chanel Ingénue; The Caftan; The Guinevere; The Jackie; ; The Biohazard (any dress dangerous to bystanders or the wearer: think Lady Gaga); and many more.

Part style commentary, part fashion blueprint, part clever field guide, The Hundred Dresses will ensure that no woman (or man) ever underestimates the power of the dress.

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Wonderful compendium of modern styles. - Goodreads
I did appreciate and enjoy the illustrations. - Goodreads
I really like the simple illustrations. - Goodreads
Donna Mehalko's illustrations are fab. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Brianna - Goodreads

It wasn't a stand-out fashion book, but it was nice to see a fashion book that actually has a niche--in this case, dresses. A lot of the content is subjective, but it made for a nice, light read for those who aren't into fiction. Read full review

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User Review  - Ankita - Goodreads

Fun super quick read - half silly half serious pictorial glance at iconic dress fashion history through current lense. Read full review

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About the author (2013)

Erin McKean is the author of the bestselling novel The Secret Lives of Dresses, inspired by her popular blog, A Dress a Day (dressaday.com), which features vintage clothes and patterns. A lexicographer by day and the founder of Wordnik.com, she has been published widely, including in the New York Times Magazine and the Boston Globe. She lives in Burlingame, California.

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