12 Days of CanLit: Fashion


December is the time of year to get into the holiday spirit! Whether you are on the hunt for a cheery Christmas present or a Happy Hanukkah gift, CBC Books is here to help you. For the next 12 weekdays, we will be celebrating the 12 Days of CanLit. From food and fashion to sports and science, we will be highlighting the best recent books Canada has to offer in 12 different categories. Seasonal shopping has never been so easy!

First up, here are three great reads for the fashionista in your life!

The Measure of a Man: The Story of a Father, a Son and a Suit by JJ Lee

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The Measure of a Man offers a touching reflection on fathers and sons as well as a fascinating look at the social history of menswear.

JJ Lee is a journalist and an amateur tailor, so when he decided to alter his late father's suit he set out to do the alterations himself and write about the experience. In the process, he found himself reflecting on the past and his relationship with his dad. He also recalls the time he spent as an apprentice in one of Vancouver's Chinatown tailors.

Along with these personal recollections, Lee chronicles the evolution of the men's suit — from the French Revolution to Savile Row — and ponders whether clothes really do make the man.

A subscription to Worn Fashion Journal

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Worn Fashion Journal is a breath of fresh air on the magazine rack. Rather than focus on the latest trends or advertisers' demands, Worn celebrates timeless fashion and personal style. The magazine promotes diversity in culture, gender, race, age and model size, and does it all with enough humour and grace to make it accessible to all fans of fashion.

With a stamp of approval from teen fashion phenom Tavi Gevinson, Worn is a magazine for anyone who starts their own trends and knows that personal style makes a statement.

This is one subscription that will never go out of style.

Finding Myself in Fashion by Jeanne Beker

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Any fan of fashion worth their Chanel knows Jeanne Beker. She began hosting FashionTelevision in 1985, and over the years this Canadian fashion icon has interviewed scores of designers and attended countless fashion weeks.

In Finding Myself in Fashion, Beker delves into her life on and off the runway, and doesn't hold back on the highs and lows. In the past decade, Beker went through a divorce and suffered setbacks in her career. But Beker's bounced back with her own clothing lines, newspaper columns and countless TV appearances.

Pick up Finding Myself in Fashion for Beker's keen insight into the world of fashion and living life to the fullest.

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