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Wednesday 20 February 2013

Review: My Even More Wonderful World of Fashion

This wonderful collection of drawing and design prompts, ideas and inspirations is the kind of colouring-in book that every young (and not-so-young) aspiring artist and fashion designer will love.

A collection of sketches and ideas for ‘drawing, creating and dreaming', My Even More Wonderful World of Fashion is a celebration of clothing and accessories, inviting readers to explore their own fashion ideas inspired by classic and contemporary designs.

Nina Chakrabarti’s illustrations include iconic styles, random idea prompts and enticingly blank collections of fashion items just waiting to be covered in patterns and embellishments. Gloves, shoes, belts, friendship bracelets, hairstyles, glasses, jewellery, jeans pockets, fashion labels, hats, stockings, t-shirts… the list goes on. 240 pages of fashion inspiration.

My 11-year-old daughter, an avid artist and designer, was fascinated by this book within moments of seeing it. It’s been quite a task to keep it on my desk long enough for me to write a review.

I’m not generally a fan of colouring-in books for children, preferring that they have opportunities to explore their own ideas and imagination, but I think books such as My Even More Wonderful World of Fashion offers a great balance between structure and freedom to really inspire creativity.

Title:  My Even More Wonderful World of Fashion
Author/Illustrator:  Nina Chakrabarti
Publisher: Thames & Hudson, $24.95 RRP
Publication Date:  February 2013
Format: Softcover
ISBN: 9781856697606
For ages:  8 - adult
Type: Activity book