Would You Believe...in 1500, Platform Shoes Were Outlawed? And Other Fashion Follies by Richard Platt

Would You Believe...in 1500, Platform Shoes Were Outlawed? And Other Fashion Follies

Written by Richard Platt
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Would You Believe...in 1500, Platform Shoes Were Outlawed? And Other Fashion Follies by Richard Platt

Fashion lovers and young historians can discover the amazing stories behind the clothes we wear as we examine the amazing peculiarities of international fashions past and present. Readers will learn about the often ridiculous clothes our ancestors wore such as tighter than tight herringbone corsets or posing tricorne hats, as well as a nod to equally ridiculous fashion influences and personalities of the present day.

About the Author

Richard Platt

As an artist
I've written about 60 books, mostly factual books for children. My first children's book was Incredible Cross Sections, which had fantastic illustrations by Stephen Biesty. One of the things I enjoy most about writing is that it gives me the chance to work with wonderful illustrators. When Chris Riddell drew the pictures for Castle Diary and Pirate Diary he managed to capture the characters of all the people in the stories exactly as I'd imagined them. I also love writing because people pay me to find out all this fascinating stuff about strange, wacky and obscure subjects. I spend far more time than I should trying to find amazing facts that bring a subject to life. I trawl through books at home (I've got 2500) and in dusty libraries.

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48 pages


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Publication date

3rd April 2008



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