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Cover Alls

2011 October 25

I happened to see a post on The Book Lady’s Blog earlier today that sparked a flash in my brain: I usually create outfits based on particular characters or evoked by a time period or place in a book, but I’ve never tried to create a look based on the cover of a book. It’s interesting, because a book’s cover is its visual representation in the world, what most people call to mind when they hear a title.

In her post, Rebecca says she was reminded of the cover for Justin Torres’ We the Animals while watching last week’s Project Runway. One of Viktor’s  dresses, printed with photos he had taken of the sky in Mexico, is reminiscent of the sky on the cover of Torres’ novel. While the thought didn’t occur to me at the time, the observation got the wheels turning in my own brain, and I thought I would highlight a couple of looks that remind me of book covers.

The Corrections: Jonathan Franzen

Image from Lands End Canvas

The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle: Haruki Murakami

Rockabilly Bird dress at Unique Vintage

The Bell Jar: Sylvia Plath

Sigerson Morrison pointy-toe flat (via La Garconne)

I like this idea–I think I’ll make it a regular feature! What do you think? Do you like the idea of creating outfits or featuring items based on different book covers?

7 Responses Post a comment
  1. October 25, 2011

    I love the idea! I think it would be a great regular feature :).

  2. Jeanne permalink
    October 25, 2011

    Yes please! I’m always drawn in by good covers (and lamenting bad ones), so I’d love to see more of this :)

  3. October 25, 2011

    Oh, how fun! I adore the dress you chose for WIND-UP BIRD CHRONICLE. Please make this a regular feature….and help me dress for all of my book-related events now!

  4. Amanda permalink
    October 26, 2011

    I have been remiss in commenting lately, but I am still reading! And, I dig this idea! :)

  5. October 26, 2011

    Love this! Please make it a regular feature. My question: do you have to have read the book in order to post the corresponding fashion match? (I say no.)

    • Jill permalink
      October 26, 2011

      Excellent! New regular feature it is. Be on the lookout for it. I agree with you, Annie–no need to read the book. I think I’m just going to go with whatever design strikes my fancy!

  6. Raquel permalink
    October 26, 2011

    Great idea, just adding my support! :) Those Bell Jar shoes are divinity.

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