Arsenic laced dresses and lead-based makeup were fashion trends that killed. Hobble skirts and mercury-laced hats caused chaos. The new book Killer Style: How Fashion Has Injured, Maimed, and Murdered Through History, acts as a short and interesting book for younger readers with an interest in the deadly history of fashion.
Killer Style includes historical anecdotes, creepy stories, and also an index for readers who want to take their research a bit further. While the book is published by a children’s book company, I’d recommend this to children who are more mature readers. There are some pretty sad stories in here about collapsing jaws, people burning alive, and going crazy from mercury. In short, if you’re giving this book to your children use your best judgement.
Killer Style: How Fashion Has Injured, Maimed, and Murdered Through History is available April 15, 2019 from Owl Books.