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Reading List for the "Fabrications" Exhibit
Prepared by the Red Deer Public Library


  • The Second Sex, Simone de Beauvoir
  • Changing Patterns: Women in Canada, Sandra Burt
  • Twist and Shout: A Decade of Feminist Writing in This Magazine, Susan Crean
  • The Feminine Mystique, Betty Friedan
  • The Female Eunuch, Germaine Greer
  • The Girl Within, Emily Hancock
  • Writing a Woman's Life, Carolyn G. Heilbrun
  • Marriage Shock: The Transformation of Women into Wives, Dalma Heyn
  • Women and Children First: A Provocative Look at Modern Canadian Women at Work and at Home, Michele Landsberg
  • When Work Doesn't Work Anymore: Women, Work and Identity, Elizabeth McKenna
  • What is Feminism?: A Re-examination, Ann Oakley
  • Between Ourselves: Letters Between Mothers and Daughters, 1750-1982, Karen Payne
  • The Feminine Mistake: Women, Work and Identity, Judith Posner
  • Of Woman Born: Motherhood as Experience and Institution
  • Fruitful: A Real Mother in the Modern World, Anne Richardson Roiphe
  • After The Second Sex: Conversations with Simone de Beauvoir, Alice Schwarzer
  • For the Record: The Making and Meaning of Feminist Knowledge, Dale Spencer
  • Outrageous Acts and Everyday Rebellions, Gloria Steinem
  • Getting There: The Movement Toward Gender Equality, Diana Wells
  • Women and Social Change: Feminist Activity in Canada, Jeri Wine
  • A Room of One's Own, Virginia Woolf


  • A History of Fashion, J. Anderson Black
  • It's You!, Emily Cho
  • Fashion Conspiracy, Nicholas Coleridge
  • Opportunities in Fashion Careers, Rosalyn Dobler
  • Fashion: The Changing Shape of Fashion Through the Years
  • The Way She Looks Tonight: Five Women of Style, Marian Fowler
  • Simple Isn't Easy: How to Find Your Personal Style and Look Fantastic Everyday, Olivia Goldsmith
  • Big Hair: A Journey Into the Transformation of Self, Grant McCracken
  • What We Wore: An Offbeat Social History of Women's Clothing, Ellen Melinkoff
  • Fashion, Miriam Moss
  • Changing Styles in Fashion: Who, What, Why, Maggie Murray
  • In Style: 100 Years of Canadian Women's Fashion, Caroline Routh
  • Style Strategy: Winning the Appearance Game, Jane Segerstrom
  • Women's Wardrobe, Rachel Urquhart


  • Vogue Fitting: The Book of Fitting Techniques, Adjustments and Alterations
  • Short Cuts to a Perfect Sewing Pattern, Rusty Bensussen
  • Couture: The Art of Fine Sewing, Roberta C. Carr
  • The Perfect Fit, Cy DeCosse Incorporated
  • Tailoring, Cy DeCosse Incorporated
  • The Complete Book of Sewing, Chris Jeffreys
  • Complete Guide to Sewing, Reader's Digest Association
  • Sew Serge Press: Speed Tailoring in the Ultimate Home Sewing Center, Janice S. Saunders
  • Sewing for Special Occasions: Bridal, Prom and Evening Dresses, Singer Reference Library
  • Beyond the Pattern: Great Sewing Techniques for Clothing, Threads Magazine
  • Jackets, Coats and Suits from Threads, Threads Magazine

Books for Children

  • Crazy Sewing, Juliet Bawden
  • Making Clothes, Felicity Everett
  • Sewing by Hand, Christine Hoffman
  • Sewing, Judy Ann Sadler
  • Sewing Machine Fun, Nancy Smith

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