Out-of-Style. A Modern Perspective of How, Why and When Vintage Fashions Evolved by Betty Kreisel Shubert
What's it about:
Easy to understand reference book of fashion for the 19th and 20th centuries. Includes illustrations from the author and commentary about what was worn and why. The author designed clothes and costumes for the entertainment industry and illustrates the book. Great for understanding fashion in photos or just for some social history background.
Why you should read it:
I've been interested in this book ever since I read a blog post by my friend Denise Levenick, The Family Curator, where she invited the author to tell her more about a photo of her grandmother. I have really enjoyed reading more about fashion from someone who was not only in the business but who writes in a friendly, approachable way. Betty understands the needs of family history researchers as she wrote a column for Ancestry magazine. Don't just read this to better understand photos you may have. Read this to better understand your ancestor's life.
- Out-of-Style (the website)
Press Release about Out-of-Style:
Coveted by Genealogists and Fashionistas alike “Out-of-Style” Named to Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books of 2013
Hollywood Costume Designer Turned Fashion Historian, Betty Kreisel Shubert Shares Her Modern Perspective on How Vintage Fashions Evolved
(LOS ANGELES) February 6, 2014 - Out-of-Style A Modern Perspective of How, Why and When Vintage Fashions Evolved, written and illustrated by Betty Kreisel Shubert, has been named to the prestigious Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books of 2013 list in the Indie Books category. As a Hollywood costume designer turned fashion historian and Ancestry Magazine columnist and illustrator, Shubert brings her extensive experience to shed a fresh perspective on the evolution of vintage fashions, creating an insightful and fascinating read making time-dating old photos and vintage fashions easy.
“The author’s deep knowledge of fashion, the book’s greatest strength, is evident in her cataloging of a broad range of men’s, women’s and children’s styles,” says Kirkus.
Out-of-Style, published by Flashback Publishing, features over 700 of Shubert’s own sequential illustrations that reveal the style clues that date clothes worn by men, women and children in 19th through 20th centuries and beyond. Throughout her book, Shubert includes fascinating gems of social history from countless sources in order to illuminate the life and times of our ancestors.
“You have done a masterful job of defining your subject and your expertise in this field is unique… Your book promises to be a wonderful help to genealogist researchers everywhere. With great admiration for you,” says Ancestry.com Executive Editor and V.P. Community Relations, Loretto (Lou) Szucs.
As a columnist for Ancestry Magazine, Shubert’s ground-breaking book was inspired by the need of genealogists to time-date old family photographs by illustrating the sequential style clues that place clothes, and therefore people in their own time frame.
“I have bought numerous history of costume books, but none of them tell me what I need to know in a manner I can easily access, absorb and utilize... Your book is so easy to understand, I want to be the first to endorse it!” says the late Caroline Rober, past president of the Southern California Association of Professional Genealogists.
Shubert’s encyclopedia-like history book is also sought after to inform the research needs of costume designers, theater companies, social historians and vintage collectors who require authenticity to costume specific time periods.
“This broad compilation of evolving fashion...makes for a valuable addition to any reference collection,” says Kirkus.
Kirkus Reviews is distributed to more than 5,000 industry influencers and reviews more than 8,000 books, selecting only 100 for its Best Books list. Because of the scope of their coverage, authoritative voice and the timeliness of their reviews, Kirkus Reviews is revered by many as the first indicator of a book’s potential. Read more: https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews/betty-kreisel-shubert/out-of-style/
Out-of-Style is available for purchase through Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble, Ingram and local book retailers. It has been added to all campus libraries at the prestigious FIDM (Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising) and the Ringling College of Art and Design for their film program.
“It truly is an honor to be recognized by Kirkus Reviews,” says Shubert. “I wish this book had been available to me as a young costume design student and later as a working professional.”
Available at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/OUT-STYLE-Perspective-Vintage-Fashions/dp/098357619X/ref=tmm_pap_title_0
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About Out-of-Style: Out-of-Style A Modern Perspective of How, Why and When Vintage Fashions Evolved, by Betty Kreisel Shubert and published by Flashback Publishing, provides a fresh perspective on the evolution of vintage fashions and features over 700 of Shubert’s own sequential illustrations that reveal the style clues that date clothes worn by men, women and children in 19th through 20th centuries and beyond. Gems of social history illuminate the life and times of our ancestors. www.outofstylethebook.com/
About the author: Betty Kreisel Shubert has designed clothes and costumes for stage, screen, television specials, ready-to-wear, Las Vegas musicals, and Disneyland. She has designed the uniform programs for major cruise lines, race tracks, and for hotels, restaurants and casinos all over the world. As a regular columnist for Ancestry Magazine, Betty wrote and illustrated a column for genealogists entitled “Out-of-Style.”