I was first introduced to this book at a conference and I thought it was for adults. But it turns out it was written for teens 12 and up. I think it would be a great gift for anybody interested in the intersections of fashion, culture, and social justice. It's written by Ojibwe Christian Allaire (a Vogue fashion- and style-writer). He was motivated to write a book for teens who were obsessed with fashion like he was growing up but didn’t have access to anything that showed anyone who looked like him. It features glorious photo spreads and perspectives of LGBTQ designers as well as people of indigenous cultures. It spins off into additional topics such as hair, hijabs, cosplay and more. Stunning! (ages 12 )— From Kelly
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 looked to 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.
About the Author
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. Power of Style Profiles and Contributions: Alim Latif, shoe designer, London, England Anita Fields, Osage and Muscogee (Creek) artist, Tulsa, OK Anita Riggs, aka Tranquil Ashes, cosplayer, Baltimore, MD Bethany Yellowtail, Crow and Northern Cheyenne designer, Los Angeles, CA Billy Porter, actor, NYC, NY Casey Nichole, cosplayer, Cleveland, OH Chelene Knight, owner of Learn Writing Essentials and Breathing Space Creative, Vancouver, BC Durrant Santeng, longtime wearer of braids and other natural styles, Brooklyn, NYC, NY Elaine Mokk, YouTuber who posts videos about her ongoing struggle with acne, Toronto, ON Halima Aden, Somali-American model, NYC, NY Halisma Hossinzehi, henna artist, East Gwillimbury, ON Haatepah Clearbear, model/Kumeyaay, Pai Pai, Chicimeca-Guamare, Los Angeles, CA Henry Bae, shoe designer, NYC, NY Ivan Lam, makeup YouTuber, Los Angeles, CA Jackie Aina, Nigerian-American beauty YouTuber, Los Angeles, CA James Jones, Cree dancer and performer, Edmonton, AB Jamie Okuma, Indigenous fashion artist, Pauma Valley, CA Jennifer Bear Medicine, Indigenous makeup artist based on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation in Browning, MT Justine Carreon, Elle.com editor, NYC, NY Kaptain76, aka Kap, plus-size cosplayer, Southern CA Leah Vernon, Muslim fashion influencer, a model, and author, NYC, NY Melanie Elturk, hijab fashion designer, NYC, NY Modupe Oloruntoba, writer and editor based in Johannesburg, South Africa Nyma Tang, beauty influencer, Dallas, TX Olloum, sportswear hijab label, founded in Scotland Philip Bread, model/Comanche, Kiowa, and Blackfoot, Santa Fe, NM Quanah Style, Vancouver-based Cree queen, Vancouver, BC Shaobo Han, shoe designer, NYC, NY Shirley Melendez, aka Surely Shirley, plus-size Latinx cosplayer, Palm Beach, FL TudungPeople, sportswear hijab label, Malaysia