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Young Adult Nonfiction Fashion

The Power of Style

How Fashion and Beauty Are Being Used to Reclaim Cultures

by (author) Christian Allaire

Publisher
Annick Press
Initial publish date
Apr 2021
Category
Fashion, Aboriginal & Indigenous, Customs, Traditions, Anthropology
  • Paperback / softback

    ISBN
    9781773214917
    Publish Date
    Apr 2021
    List Price
    $14.95
  • Hardback

    ISBN
    9781773214900
    Publish Date
    Apr 2021
    List Price
    $19.95
  • eBook

    ISBN
    9781773214924
    Publish Date
    Apr 2021
    List Price
    $18.99

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 12 to 18
  • Grade: 7 to 12
  • Reading age: 12 to 18

Description

Style is not just the clothes on our backs—it is self-expression, representation, and transformation.

As a fashion-obsessed Ojibwe teen, Christian Allaire rarely saw anyone that looked like him in the magazines or movies he sought out for inspiration. Now the Fashion and Style Writer for Vogue, he is working to change that—because clothes are never just clothes. Men’s heels are a statement of pride in the face of LGTBQ+ discrimination, while ribbon shirts honor Indigenous ancestors and keep culture alive. Allaire takes the reader through boldly designed chapters to discuss additional topics like cosplay, make up, hijabs, and hair, probing the connections between fashion and history, culture, politics, and social justice.

*A Junior Library Guild Gold Standard Selection

About the author

Christian Allaire is an Ojibwe writer who grew up on the Nipissing First Nation reserve in Ontario, Canada. His writing has appeared in ELLE, FLARE, and VOGUE, among other outlets. He is based in New York City.

Christian Allaire's profile page

Awards

  • Nominated, Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers, YALSA
  • Nominated, Yellow Cedar Award
  • Commended, Eureka Nonfiction Award Honoree, California Reading Association
  • Joint winner, Top 10 Arts Books for Youth, Booklist
  • Joint winner, Booklist Editors’ Choice

Editorial Reviews

“Though it tackles heavy topics like cultural appropriation and the importance of representation, The Power of Style is resolutely celebratory.”

Vogue, 04/22/21

“A vibrant read about the connections between fashion, culture, and social justice.” 

Kirkus Reviews, 02/23/21

“Edifying and uplifting.”

BlackBook, 05/11/21

“Dazzling and empowering . . . Fab drag queens, genderqueer and BIPOC YouTubers demoing makeup, plus-size and gender-bending cosplayers, men wearing high heels and fem fashion—they’re all here, a proud and dazzling explosion of confetti transforming the landscape.” 

Booklist, *starred review, 03/02/21

“A celebration of humanity.” 

Black Goddess Reviews, 04/26/21

“An offer to preteens and teens that seek to find their bodies, identities, and experiences reflected in the world of fashion and a contribution to non-fiction on fashion that expands its contours.” 

Canadian Children’s Book News, 08/13/21

“The book to appeal to a wide age range. It is important that readers of all ages be given the opportunity to learn that there are others who have had the same or similar experiences of feeling that they were different from their peers because of the way that they looked or dressed. Highly Recommended.” 

CM Reviews, 02/12/21

“Ultimately a book about empowerment. It champions diversity and self-acceptance through style and encourages readers to discover new ways of expressing themselves.”

Quill & Quire, 05/21

“A gorgeous and enticing book about fashion that will broaden definitions and embraces inclusion.”

Waking Brain Cells, 06/10/21

“A visually stunning celebration of self-expression, self-acceptance, and cultural pride.”

Chatelaine Magazine, 04/21

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