Nanaimo-raised Jennifer Croll "could reliably be found at the library, checking out massive stacks of books that scared her babysitters... By high school, Jennifer had abandoned street hockey in favor of going to punk shows, and wore a lot of black." Now living in Vancouver she has reviewed books for Georgia Straight and edited or contributed to publications that include Adbusters, The Block, NYLON and Dazed & Confused. She has worked for online media companies and two book publishers, Annick Press and Greystone Books.

Jennifer Croll's Fashion That Changed the World (Prestel 2014) was followed by a lighter treatment of similar material for Bad Girls of Fashion: Style Rebels from Cleopatra to Lady Gaga (Annick 2016) for readers ten to seventeen. Illustrated by Polish artist Ada Buchholc, it looks at 43 women through the ages who have made an impression by dressing or looking differently--from the likes of Black Panther intellectual Angela Davis to Cleopatra and her intentional mimicry of the Goddess Isis. Other fashion standouts include Frida Kahlo, Marlene Dietrich. Coco Chanel, designer Rei Kawakubo, Bjork, Rihanna, Nicki Minaj, Vogue editor Anna Wintour, riot grrrl Kathleen Hanna and, of course, Madonna and Marilyn Monroe.

Featured in her follow-up, Bad Boys of Fashion: Style Rebels and Renegades Through the Ages (Annick 2019) features Louis XIV, Oscar Wilde, Marlon Brando, Malcolm X, Andy Warhol, Karl Lagerfeld, Clyde Frazier, Malcolm McLaren, David Bowie, and Kanye West, with shorter biographies on subjects like Che Guevara, Basquiat, and Prince. It's illustrated by Aneta Pacholska.

BOOKS:

Fashion That Changed the World (Munich/London/New York: Prestel 2014) 9783791347899

Bad Girls of Fashion: Style Rebels from Cleopatra to Lady Gaga (Annick 2016) $16.95 978-1-55451-785-5

Bad Boys of Fashion: Style Rebels and Renegades Through the Ages (Annick 2019) $16.95 9781773212425

[BCBW 2019]