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Flat Track Fashion: The Roller Derby Look Book [Paperback]

Ellen Parnavelas
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15 Mar 2012
Roller derby is now the fastest growing sport in the world. The revival of this fast-paced female-dominated sport has seen over 1,000 leagues established internationally since it began in 2001. Roller derby is a tough, sexy and stylish contact sport that is taking the world by storm. How many other sports can you name that feature players decked out in fishnet tights and miniskirts, gold hotpants and warpaint as well as a showcase of tattoos? Flat Track Fashion is the very first book to feature stunning fashion photographs documenting the visual feast of fiesty fashions from leagues all over the world and capture the spirit and style of the roller derby revival. Complete with Foreword written by veteran skater Virginia 'Cheap Trixie' Evans of the Texas Rollergirls, this book includes everything from the history and origin of the sport to uniforms and logos, personal styles and fashions from leagues around the world, protective gear and skates to menswear, referees, make up and tattoos. Flat Track Fashion is an exceptional publication, perfectly timed to capture the revival of the world's hottest sport.

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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: A & C Black Publishers Ltd (15 Mar 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 140815501X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408155011
  • Product Dimensions: 1.6 x 22.1 x 27.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 567,687 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Ellen Parnavelas is the author of the popular roller derby blog secretdiaryofarookierollergirl.wordpress.com. She plays for London Rollergirls and her blog attracts over 5,000 viewers a month. Ellen has worked in illustrated publishing for several years and has written Flat Track Fashion: The Roller Derby Look Book and The Roller Derby Athlete, both published by Bloomsbury.

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About the Author

Ellen Parnavelas is the author of the popular roller derby blog secretdiaryofarookierollergirl.wordpress.com. She plays for London Rollergirls Recreational League and her blog attracts over 3,000 viewers a month. Ellen has worked in illustrated publishing for several years and is currently editing a number of fashion titles. She has an MA in Critical Theory from the University of Sussex and her articles have previously been published in music and lifestyle magazine Big Cheese and UK roller derby magazine Inside Line.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Keep on rolling 22 July 2013
Format:Paperback
I think the reviewer who gave this book only one star has a) missed the point and b) been hanging out with the wrong kind of roller derby people. To say this is only a book about derby fashion is totally inaccurate - it gives an fascinating history of derby dating back to the early 20th century, provides a detailed description of how the game is played, and focuses on the kit required for the sport as much as the many colourful outfits that are part of the sport. There are even pictures of the first roller skates dating back to the 1800s.

As for 'ask any of the participants how the sport is played and they'll look at you blankly' - um, WHAT?! Anyone who has spent time with a roller girl/boy/fan will know that real derby people love nothing better than explaining all the rules, regulations and techniques of this highly skilled (and wonderfully violent) sport. The fashion part is just a bit of fun - some of us like fishnets, tattoos, funky make-up and garish shorts, and some of us aren't bothered. The uniting factor is we all love to skate, and yes the sport IS growing like the bejesus - a quick look online will show you that women's and men's teams in the UK are springing up all over the shop.

If roller derby isn't your cup of tea, fair enough - but that's no reason to slag off this excellent, colourful and informative book. However, if you think it might be, buy this book - and then go get some skates!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good Book 13 May 2014
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This is a good book to have a flick through. Prompt delivery. I had no issues with this at all.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Yawn 25 Oct 2012
By J Leigh
Format:Paperback
Another book on this so called sport that just goes to illustrate how paper thin it is (pun very much intended)

When a sport uses it's appearance and style as not only a marketing tool but a characteristic that out ways any actual elements of the play you know you're onto something truly awful. Ask people how roller derby is played and they'll look at you blankly. ask them what it's participants look like and they can wax lyrical.

Oh and on what evidence does the blurb writer base their very bold assertion that this is the fastest growing sport in the world? A quick trip round the internet and MMA, Lacrosse (who knew?) and Football (Soccer to our American cousins) seem to top every list
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