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Maxine Beneba Clarke

Put on your passion. Flaunt your heart on your sleeve. You’re a fashionista. Work it. Wear it. Believe.

A gorgeous gift book for anyone who wants to embrace their individuality from the award winning author of The Patchwork Bike and Wide Big World. Featuring text design by award-winning designer, Allison Colpoys.       


Award-winning author Maxine Beneba Clarke has already given us such great books as The Patchwork Bike, Wide Big World and The Hate Race, among others, and now we have the gorgeous Fashionista: Fashion Your Feelings. It’s a vibrant book that encourages everyone to embrace their individuality, and it’s the kind of book I wish I had seen more of when I was growing up.

The illustrations are made from hand-cut magazine collage on textured paper with watercolour pencil. They are fun and fabulous, and bring the fashion and people, including some global icons, such as Beyoncé and her evocative Vogue flower-crown, and Prince in his purple jacket, to life as they dance across the page in Matisse-like style.

As Maxine states herself: ‘Clothes can speak for us, when we cannot … fashion can be defiant, revolutionary, wild, compliant, challenging, or camouflaging.’ It’s a must for any fashion-lover or creative mind aged 3+.

Claire Atherfold is the children’s book buyer at Readings State Library.

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