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The Power of Style
How Fashion and Beauty Are Being Used to Reclaim Cultures
By (author): Christian Allaire
Christian Allaire


Annick Press



Product Form:


Form detail:

Paperback , Trade


Young Adult : Age (years) 12, Grade (CAN) 7, Grade (US) 7, Reading age 12
Apr 27, 2021
$14.95 CAD


10in x 8 x 0.25 in | 340 gr

Page Count:

96 pages
Annick Press
Bank Street College of Education’s Book of the Year List 2022, Joint winner Best of 2021 List, Canadian Children’s Book Centre 2021, Joint winner Best Bets Book List, OLA 2021, Joint winner Booklist Editors’ Choice 2021, Joint winner Cooperative Children’s Book Center Choices List 2022, Joint winner Cybils Awards 2021, Short-listed Eureka Nonfiction Award Honoree, California Reading Association 2021, Commended Next Generation Indie Book Award finalist 2022, Short-listed Norma Fleck Award, Canadian Children 2022, Winner Rocky Mountain Book Award 2022, Nominated Texas Topaz Reading List 2022, Joint winner Top Ten Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers, YALSA 2022, Joint winner Top 10 Arts Books for Youth, Booklist 2021, Joint winner Yellow Cedar Award 2021, Nominated

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 sought out 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.

*A Junior Library Guild Gold Standard Selection

  • Compelling own-voices presentation of the striking ways that fashion is reclaiming culture, with fashion editorial photography to represent each aesthetic
  • Christian Allaire presents his own story reclaiming Ojibwe traditional ribbon shirts, showing how history can be chique
  • Strong social media following

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 of course, Vogue, among other outlets. He is based in New York City.

“A vibrant read about the connections between fashion, culture, and social justice.”

- Kirkus Reviews, 02/23/21

“The book to appeal to a wide age range. It is important that readers of all ages be given the opportunity to learn that there are others who have had the same or similar experiences of feeling that they were different from their peers because of the way that they looked or dressed. Highly Recommended.”

- CM Reviews, 02/12/21

“Dazzling and empowering . . . Fab drag queens, genderqueer and BIPOC YouTubers demoing makeup, plus-size and gender-bending cosplayers, men wearing high heels and fem fashion—they’re all here, a proud and dazzling explosion of confetti transforming the landscape.”

- Booklist, *starred review, 03/02/21

“Though it tackles heavy topics like cultural appropriation and the importance of representation, The Power of Style is resolutely celebratory.”

- Vogue, 04/22/21

“Ultimately a book about empowerment. It champions diversity and self-acceptance through style and encourages readers to discover new ways of expressing themselves.”

- Quill & Quire, 05/21

“A celebration of humanity.”

- Black Goddess Reviews, 04/26/21

“Edifying and uplifting.”

- BlackBook, 05/11/21

“A gorgeous and enticing book about fashion that will broaden definitions and embraces inclusion.”

- Waking Brain Cells, 06/10/21

“An offer to preteens and teens that seek to find their bodies, identities, and experiences reflected in the world of fashion and a contribution to non-fiction on fashion that expands its contours.”

- Canadian Children’s Book News, 08/13/21

“A visually stunning celebration of self-expression, self-acceptance, and cultural pride.”

- Chatelaine Magazine, 04/21

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