The clothes we wear keep us comfortable, protect us from the elements, and express our unique style—but could fashion also be fatal? As it turns out, history is full of fashions that have harmed and even killed. This non-fiction book is a stylishly illustrated mash-up of STEAM content, historical anecdotes, and chilling stories. From silhouette-cinching corsets to combustible combs, it looks back at the times people have suffered pain, injury, and worse, all in the name of style.


  • Commended, Best Books for Kids and Teens (starred selection) 2019
  • Commended, 110 best children's books of the year 2019
  • Commended, A Junior Library Guild Selection 2019
  • Short-listed, Rocky Mountain Book Award 2021
  • Short-listed, Information Book Award 2020
  • Commended, Light Reads, Great Stories 2020
  • Short-listed, Maine Student Book Award 2021
  • Commended, Yellow Cedar Award Honour Book 2019
  • Commended, Best non-fiction books of the year for older readers 2019
  • Winner, Norma Fleck Award for Canadian Children’s Non-Fiction 2020


“A fun, yet thoughtful look inside fashion perils past and present. ”


“An engrossing choice for stout-hearted readers, whether fashion-forward or not. ”

- School Library Journal

"A fun way to remind youngsters to value their health and safety above their appearances. "

- Shelf Awareness - STARRED REVIEW

"The macabre subject matter of Killer Style will appeal to almost every youngster. is both interesting and thought-provoking. "

- Canadian Review of Materials

“Readers and report writers will not be disappointed. ”

- The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

"For students interested in fashion and fashion history, this book is a must-read. "

- School Library Connection