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Sweaters for Tween Set

pre teen sweaters cover

Preteen Sweaters to knit and crochet
Leisure Arts
1977

I am not sure why these sweaters are specifically pre-teen. My favorite is the second picture below where everyone seems to be hanging out at the ice rink. The boy in the belted cardigan hardly looks like he is ready to play hockey. I am thinking he is channeling Hugh Hefner and is ready for a cocktail by the fire.

Mary

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Fiber and Fringe

wearable crafts cover

Wearable Crafts
Sommer and Sommer
1976

The vests! The look! The nausea! As ridiculous as some of these pictures show, this book might have a place in a design/art curriculum. For public libraries, it doesn’t have any instructions or design help, and is really a showcase of wearable art. In 2017, this is dated. In the 1970s it might have held appeal for the right audience.

I am trying to imagine what situation one might wear a boar husk halter top (last image).  However, the fringed vest and the woman attempting some kind of bent knee pose (4th image below) does have some appeal. She just needs to put on pants.

Mary

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Be America’s Next Top Model

How to Break into Modeling coverHow to Break into Modeling
Orenstein
1987

Submitter: I work at an academic fashion library and we have a very small section of books on modeling in the fashion industry. Just last week I pulled this mid-1980s advice book out of our collections. It’s a safe bet our students were not even born when this book was originally published. How to Break into Modeling contains a wealth of detailed advice for would-be models, including:
-Your haircut says a lot about you. It can say, “I’m a professional” or “I’m wild!” or “I mean business” or “I like to party.”
-If you’re wearing shoulder pads for a head shot, make sure they’re lying correctly and not popping up or sliding down your shoulders.
-The body type required for fashion models in the eighties happens to be very androgynous, so breasts, hips, and thighs are “out,” but the standards and politics of beauty are changing all the time. Perhaps very womanly figures will be the trend again. (Me: Wishful thinking?)
-Men aspiring to modeling careers should pay extra attention to updating their look and taking care of their hands—things that don’t come naturally to many men.

Holly: Oh for crying out loud. Glad you caught this one, Submitter. What a ridiculous book for a current fashion library! Also, Submitter and I chatted about how those striped leotards, pictured below, were standard issue in the 80s. They’re in every workout photo of that decade! As Submitter put it: “I’m pretty sure the striped leotards were issued to you when you bought a copy of Olivia Newton John’s ‘Physical’ to dance to.” Ha!

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