Winner, Millia Davenport Award 2005, Costume Society of America Winner, Sierra Book Prize 2005, Western Association of Women Historians This well-researched book is a fascinating and very readable account of the role of fashion and clothing in the National Socialists' construction of German womanhood and national identity during the Third Reich. Costume, Edwina Ehrman A mavellous example of how the seemingly peripheral or mundane can shed light on the contradictions and tensions of the worst kind of totalitarian regime. BBC History Magazine Well-written, engrossing and exhaustive study, Guenther furnishes ample evidence of the Nazis' peculiar preoccupation with fashion. By exploring this previously unstudied realm of a much-studied era, "Nazi Chic?" provides an original and absorbing glimps into the absurdity and exactitude of the National Socialist enterprise. Forward, Amanda Fortini Makes powerfully apparent how fashion was often of greater concern to ordinary Germans (and to their leaders) than the trajectory of high politics. The American Historical Review, Dagmar Herzog Nazi Chic? is a remarkable and welcome document, a careful look at familiar terrain from a fresh perspective. London Review of Books, Anne Hollander THis book is an enlightening and important piece of research into a subject which is not frequently given academic treatment. Debattle, Steve Plumb Well-researched, richly detailed, and thought-provoking study shows how fashion illuminates crucial issues in the history of the Third Reich. Central European History It is a book for historians as much as for students of fashion and design, chic without the kitsch. David Cesarani
About the Author
Irene Guenther is Professor of History, Houston Community College.