From Head to Toe

Bound Feet, Bathing Suits, and Other Bizarre and Beautiful Things

Publisher: Tundra Books
Shortlisted for the Rocky Mountain Book Award

Included on VOYA’s ninth annual Nonfiction Honor List

Named Notable Book by the International Reading Association’s Children’s Book Award in the intermediate nonfiction category

Did you know that:
in some parts of sixteenth-century Europe, men wore their beards so long that they had to wrap the ends around their waists like a belt to be able to walk?
the high heel shoe caught on because it was the perfect solution to the problem of hopelessly muddy and waste-filled streets in cities like London and Paris?
women have, at various times, used soot, ground ants’ eggs, beet juice, and poisonous lead as makeup?

Throughout history we have bound our feet until they broke, piled our necks with jewelry until our chests collapsed, cinched our waists in corsets until we couldn’t breathe. Why do we do these things to ourselves?

From Head to Toe travels across thousands of years and through countless cultures and countries to explore the story of fashion in its weirdest, wildest, and most wonderful forms.

Whimsical illustrations, sidebars, “quick hit” margin quips, and a useful index round out this fun-filled tour of fashion history.



Samson was a man whose strength was legendary. The Bible tells us that he could fight off whole armies single-handedly, and that he once killed a thousand of his enemies, the Philistines, with the jawbone of an ass. Even today, people associate him with superhuman power.

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“[An] always engaging and often enthralling account of the place of clothes and assorted adornments through the ages….Weaver is that exemplary explicator for whom one thing always leads to another…”
The Globe and Mail

“…a playful history of fashion…”
Quill & Quire

“…fascinating and fun for all ages…”
BookLoons Reviews