Skirts Kimberly Chrisman-Campbell

Book: Skirts

Author: Kimberly Chrisman-Campbell

Genre: Nonfiction; Fashion History; Coffee Table Book

Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

Publication Date: September 6, 2022

Format: ebook

Length: 272 pages

This book explores female fashion trends from the 20th century with a particular focus on skirts and dresses. Each chapter highlights a different style or fad ranging from the classically inspired Delphos to the LBD to the naked dress. It also delves into topics like tennis dress codes, the “hemline war” between miniskirts and midi skirts, and social implications for women (and men) who wear skirts and dresses in the present day.

I thought this book was fascinating. It was interesting to see how the most sought-after styles of one era became the opposite of what women wanted in the next. I was surprised that the author didn’t include a chapter about the iconic flapper dresses of the 1920s. However, I did learn a lot about the short-lived poodle skirt that has since become synonymous with the 1950s. Overall, this is a fun and informative fashion history book.

NOTE: The finished product includes lots of photos and illustrations, but the eARC could not due to file size. My thoughts on the book are therefore about the text only.

Thank you to NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press for an Advanced Reader Copy ebook. ⁠

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