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‘The Hundred Dresses’ features iconic styles


The Bandage, the Sack, the Siren, the Wrap, the Austen, the Scarlett O’Hara, the Let’s Go Ice Dancing! These are not the names of cocktails or rock bands. They are seven fashions featured in “The Hundred Dresses: The Most Iconic Styles of Our Time” (Bloomsbury). Writer Erin McKean and illustrator Donna Mehalko are well matched in the stylish department. In a zippy manner, McKean distills the history of each style, names famous wearers, states the message of each dress, and suggests suitable accessories for it. Mehalko’s illustrations accomplish a lot with a splash of color and just a few lines. JAN GARDNER