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Jeanne Beker. Passion for Fashion: Careers in Style
Tundra $22.99  ISBN 978-0-88776-800-2  80 pg.
Reviewed by Lindsey, Age 14

Fashion, to be sure, is a wild and crazy industry that attracts some of the most imaginative souls.

When you first think of careers in the fashion industry, I bet the two main jobs that come to mind are those of the designers and those of the models. But Fashion TV's Jeanne Beker takes you in a behind-the-scenes look at all the puzzle pieces of jobs that make up the big picture of what fashion is all about. The book details the position of designer and model certainly, but did you know that there are many more different jobs in the fashion industry? From editor-in-chief of a fashion magazine, to hairstylist, personal shopper or even fashion show producer, Passion for Fashion strives to provide readers with inside information on all the different careers in the world of clothes and beauty.

The book contains useful information on the best fashion schools (and where to find them), how to break into the industry, what types of qualities and skills you'll need for each position and for some of the more baffling ones (Managing editor, color specialist, display manager?) what exactly each career entails. Colourful side bars give a quick biography of high-profile fashionistas such as Daria Werbowy, Glenda Bailey and Kevin Krier and Nathalie Dion's chic, colourful illustrations give the book a relaxed, laid-back feel.

When thinking of the fashion industry many people probably think of demanding magazine editors ( la The Devil Wears Prada), anorexic models pushing the standards of beauty and unhealthiness and snooty designers but Jeanne Beker's Passion for Fashion sets the record straight; although a career in the fashion industry can be stressful, exhausting and arduous it can also be a very rewarding, beneficial and most of all, beautiful experience.

Four stars for Passion for Fashion: Careers in Style.


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