Holiday 2013 Finds: Out-of-Style, Modern Perspective of How, Why and When Vintage Fashions Evolved

A perfect gift for anyone in the family who loves fashion and perhaps a bit of detective work with old photos in the family album, the new hardcover “Out-of-Style” is the definitive guide to who wore what, and when.

Out-of-Style A Modern Perspective of How, Why and When Vintage Fashions Evolved, written and illustrated by Betty Kreisel Shubert, has been named to the prestigious Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books of 2013 list in the Indie Books category.

Hollywood Costume Designer turned fashion historian, Betty Kreisel Shubert, is a wonderful guide to fashion trends and shares her modern perspective on how vintage fashions evolved.

As a Hollywood costume designer turned fashion historian and Ancestry Magazine columnist and illustrator, Shubert brings her extensive experience to shed a fresh perspective on the evolution of vintage fashions, creating an insightful and fascinating read making time-dating old photos and vintage fashions easy.



“The author’s deep knowledge of fashion, the book’s greatest strength, is evident in her cataloging of a broad range of men’s, women’s and children’s styles,” says Kirkus.

Out-of-Style, published by Flashback Publishing, features over 700 of Shubert’s own sequential illustrations that reveal the style clues that date clothes worn by men, women and children in 19th through 20th centuries and beyond.

One of my favorite things that Shubert does is share some fascinating gems of social history from countless sources in order to illuminate the life and times of our ancestors. Once you pick it up, you won’t put it down.

“You have done a masterful job of defining your subject and your expertise in this field is unique… Your book promises to be a wonderful help to genealogist researchers everywhere. With great admiration for you,” says Executive Editor and V.P. Community Relations, Loretto (Lou) Szucs.

As a columnist for Ancestry Magazine, Shubert’s ground-breaking book was inspired by the need of genealogists to time-date old family photographs by illustrating the sequential style clues that place clothes, and therefore people in their own time frame.

“I have bought numerous history of costume books, but none of them tell me what I need to know in a manner I can easily access, absorb and utilize… Your book is so easy to understand, I want to be the first to endorse it!” says the late Caroline Rober, past president of the Southern California Association of Professional Genealogists.

Shubert’s encyclopedia-like history book is also sought after to inform the research needs of costume designers, theater companies, social historians and vintage collectors who require authenticity to costume specific time periods.

Out-of-Style is available for purchase through, Barnes & Noble, Ingram and local book retailers. It has been added to all campus libraries at the prestigious FIDM (Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising) and the Ringling College of Art and Design for their film program. Please visit her Facebook page too.

“It truly is an honor to be recognized by Kirkus Reviews,” says Shubert. “I wish this book had been available to me as a young costume design student and later as a working professional.”

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