The clothes we wear every day keep us comfortable, protect us from the elements, and express our unique style—but could fashion also be fatal? As it turns out, history is full of fashions that have harmed or even killed people. From silhouette-cinching corsets and combustible combs to lethal hair dyes and flammable flannel, this nonfiction book looks back at the times people have suffered pain, injury, and worse, all in the name of style. Historical examples like the tragic “Radium Girl” watchmakers and mercury-poisoned “Mad Hatters,” along with more recent factory accidents, raise discussion of unsafe workplaces—where those who make the clothes are often fashion’s first victims.
Co-authored by a scholar in the history of textiles and dress with the founder of WORN Fashion Journal, this book is equal parts fab and frightening: a stylishly illustrated mash-up of STEAM content, historical anecdotes, and chilling stories. Nonfiction features including sidebars, sources, an index, and a list of further reading will support critical literacy skills and digging deeper with research on this topic.
“An engrossing choice for stout-hearted readers, whether fashion-forward or not.”
"The macabre subject matter of Killer Style will appeal to almost every youngster...it is both interesting and thought-provoking."
“A fun, yet thoughtful look inside fashion perils past and present.”
"A fun way to remind youngsters to value their health and safety above their appearances."
“Readers and report writers will not be disappointed.”
"For students interested in fashion and fashion history, this book is a must-read."