A Perfect Fit
How Lena "Lane" Bryant Changed the Shape of Fashion
Illustrated by Juana Martinez-Neal Clarion Books, April 2022
"An elegant ode to a delightfully different kind of designer who wanted fine fashion accessible to all, not just a privileged few." —Booklist *STARRED
biography deftly covers the highlights of Bryant’s life in an enjoyable
and accessible manner, a one-of-a-kind origin story of a retail success
whose foundations were based on helping others feel great." —School Library Journal "What sets this classic immigrant story apart is how the advice of her rabbi grandfather—'help
another person'—results in Bryant’s liberating fashion innovations." —Publishers Weekly
Discover how the Lane Bryant clothing brand changed the way we buy
clothes forever by celebrating bodies of all shapes and sizes in this
inclusive picture book biography of a Lithuanian immigrant with a
brilliant eye for fashion and business. With stunning artwork from
Sibert medalist Juana Martinez-Neal.
Lena came to America with
nothing but a dream—and an exceptional ability to drape and snip and
stitch. She never used a pattern or a tape measure, but every dress she
sewed turned out to be a perfect fit.
Then, one day, a customer
presented her with a new challenge. Could she design a stylish,
comfortable gown for a body shape that did not meet the current standards of fashion?
took the challenge. Under the company name Lane Bryant, she became
famous for flattering and modish clothing designed for all different
shapes and sizes. The world of fashion would never be the same.
A Perfect Fit: How Lena "Lane" Bryant Changed the Shape of Fashion
By Mara Rockliff
Illustrated by Juana Martinez-Neal
Picture Book Clarion Books