May 2013

Tomboy Style: Beyond the Boundaries of Fashion

Rizzoli/Universe International Publications

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For many, the word "tomboy" conjures images of women in men’s clothing, but Tomboy Style: Beyond the Boundaries of Fashion explains that tomboy is a lifestyle, and it’s as much about spirit and attitude as it is wardrobe. Modern women have been blurring the lines between masculinity and femininity for a long time. Coco Chanel invented women’s sportswear in 1920s Paris, but for much of the 20th century tomboys existed contrary to popular gender stereotypes. A recent explosion in the popularity of menswear–inspired fashion makes Tomboy Style a timely publication, visually chronicling the history of the tomboy through the women who defined it: think Amelia Earhart and Katherine Hepburn, 60s French pop star Francoise Hardy, '70s rock maven Patti Smith, new wave front-woman Debbie Harry, and modern influencers like Alexa Chung and Lou Dillon, among countless others. Tomboy Style is full of large, full-page images and lively commentary for those looking to be inspired, and is not to be missed by fashion designers, product developers, and anyone with an interest in costume history and styling.