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The Time-traveling Fashionista

A Novel

Turetskey, Bianca

(Book - 2011)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Time-traveling Fashionista
Twelve-year-old Louise Lambert accepts an invitation to a private sale of vintage clothing but upon donning an evening gown, she finds herself in 1912 aboard the Titanic as the gown's original owner, silent film star Alice Baxter.
Publisher: New York : Poppy, 2011
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 0316105422
Branch Call Number: FIC T
Characteristics: 262 p. : col. ill. ; 22 cm.


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Twelve-year-old Louise Lambert tries on a vintage evening gown and finds herself in 1912 aboard the Titanic as the gown's original owner, a silent film star.

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Nov 22, 2014
  • callmeprincess rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

I remember flipping through book catalogues and eyeing this novel, but it wasn't until three years later that I stumbled upon this book again. It's about fashion and time-travelling! How perfect is that?! Let me start off by saying that I adore books with fashion incorporated in it, so I knew I was destined to read it. Written by Bianca Turetsky, this color-illustrated book will take you on a journey to the beautiful (and fashionable) world of the early 20th century, on the unsinkable ship, Titanic. Oh girls, you're going to love, love, love this one!
Our tour guide for this adventure is a girl called Louise. Louise Lambert is a girl who loves clothes. But she's not a "head-to-the-mall-and-buy-anything-Abercrombie" kind of girl. Louise is obsessed with anything vintage. Classic black and white movies are her favorite films, and the glamorous actresses that star in them are whom she aspires to be. But most of all, she loves the fashion. So Louise can't believe her luck when she receives a mysterious invitation to a "Traveling Vintage Clothing Sale". The sale, run by two very strange and eccentric women, seems way to good to be true. What's their secret? Louise soon learns the answer when she tries on a magnificent pink gown and finds herself transformed, in more ways than one. After trying on the dress, she passes out and wakes up on the infamous cruise of doom. Call it luck or misfortunate, when Louise realizes that she was sent back in time as a passenger on the Titanic, she attempts to change the course before it's too late. But history cannot be changed, but it might be a different story when a little magic is involved.
This novel was a light-hearted and fun read, it has a cute premise and overall I enjoyed reading it. But first, let me clarify that its targeted audience is probably middle-school girls, so I can't guarantee that everyone out there will like it. Nevertheless, it has a great concept and if you do like fashion, you should definitely give it a try. It was beautifully written with an enchanting plot line. But what made this book a stand-out to me was that it contained 25 beautiful illustrations of historically accurate vintage dresses that the characters wore that tied it together the book with an elegant informative feeling. The pictures were stunning and I almost wished I was Louise instead. I must say even though it's targeted for people below my age group, it is one of my favorite books about fashion. The characters were memorable, each one distinct, and unique. The main character Louise was a great heroic character that I would love to read more of, and the way many historical characters were depicted was astounding. The author added historical facts that are now permanently paved in my head because they were delivered so beautifully. Even though this book took place in a historical time and place the author somehow twisted the plot line into a flourishing drama. It combines fashion and time travelling, two things completely unrelated and created magic, literally magic. The book is called "The Time-Traveling Fashionista" because it's about a fashionista who went back in time, duh. The two ladies who made all of that happen run a sale called the "Traveling Vintage Clothing Sale", so it's a possibility that each piece of the vintage item takes back the wearer into different time periods, I can't wait to see where Louise gets sent back to next.

Im gonna read this book and tell you another comment when Im done.

Jan 04, 2014
  • Norway_Forest_Cats rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

LOVE this BOOK!!!!
Like THE best time travelling and art book EVER!!!!!!!!

Mar 26, 2013
  • christikc rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Fun blend of vintage fashion and Titanic history in the first book of this time travel series. Glad they included illustrations of the beautiful dresses discribed.

Oct 22, 2012
  • ButeraDrew rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Amazing book and history I finished it in two days!!!!!!!!!!!! Wish she wrote more of these books!

Jul 26, 2012
  • MariePat rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This is a funny and beautifully illustrated book. A average girl attends a vintage sale, tries on a gown and suddenly finds herself transported back in time on board the titanic. A fun read that I would recommend to anyone who likes time travel novels.

Jul 16, 2012
  • drownedinbooks rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Love this book! For girls who love fashion! love the pics!

Jul 15, 2012
  • nanahwkns rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

This book is perfect for any girl or boy who likes fashion and time-travel. Louise is a lover of vintage fashion and finds a beautiful old dress at a vintage sale. She tries it on, and-can you guess what happens next? For ages 12up.

Jan 23, 2012
  • katipokat rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Loved this book. It was so much fun and I loved the illustrations of the fashions from 1910's era. Now I believe that vintage clothing has magical powers. Fun!

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