Bob and Anne Marie are thrilled to announce that Professor Ilya Parkins, Coordinator of Gender and Women's Studies at the Okanagan Campus of the University of British Columbia in Kelowna, British Columbia, is about to officially launch her first solo book -- Poiret, Dior, and Schiaparelli: Fashion, Feminism and Modernity -- on December 10, 2012, at a bookstore in Toronto, Ontario.
Using memoirs, interviews and writings, the book explores changing notions of femininity in the early decades of the 20th century, when the democratization of fashion began. It looks at fashion's ambivalent approach to women by both celebrating and vilifying them. The text will be used by professors, scholars and students of gender studies, cultural studies, and history.
To mark the launch, Bob and Anne Marie are pleased to host a drop-in with Ilya on Friday, December 7, 2012, in Ottawa, at our house. We would be delighted if you would join with us in a shout out to congratulate her on the publication of this book, which is available at Chapters and through Amazon.ca.