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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."

"This 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

A Perfect Fit coverDiscover 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?

Lena 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
ISBN 9780358125433

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