Killer Style: How Fashion Has Injured, Maimed, & Murdered Through History

ISBN-10: 1771472537
ISBN-13: 9781771472531
Author: McMahon, Serah-Marie and Alison Matthews David
Illustrated by: Wilson, Gillian
Interest Level: 4-7
Publisher: Owl Kids Books

Publication Date: April 2019

Copyright: 2019

Page Count: 48

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Interest Level

Grades 4-7

Reading Level

Guided Reading: X
Lexile: 1060L
Accelerated Reader Level: 7.3
Accelerated Reader Points: 1.0

BISAC Subjects


JUVENILE NONFICTION / Social Science / Customs, Traditions, Anthropology

JUVENILE NONFICTION / Social Science / Sociology

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, 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.
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