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Character Couture

2015 August 5

The original idea behind this blog was matching current fashion/outfits with classic and contemporary literary characters. Those Fashion Book posts are a lot of fun, but somehow, I’ve gotten out of the habit of doing too many of them (apparently the last one I did was over a year ago! Yeesh…).

Admittedly, I’ve fallen behind on posting here in general, but I’d like to get back into the habit of posting more frequently, and also returning to the blog’s roots a little, as it were. In that spirit, I thought it would be fun to match some of the Paris 2015 Couture gowns  to classic literary characters and see what happens! (Full disclosure–I got this idea from Elements of Style, which ran a similar feature matching actresses to gowns they should wear for the Oscars).

Kathy from Never Let Me Go:



There’s something wistful about this Elie Saab gown that reminds me of Kathy’s quiet longing in Ishiguro’s Never Let Me Go.

Jo March from Little Women:


Jo would hate wearing one of those sparkly gowns, but she would definitely rock a cape like this look from Jean Paul Gaultier.

Brett Ashley from The Sun Also Rises:

Ralph & Russo : Runway - Paris Fashion Week : Haute-Couture Fall/Winter 2014-2015

Brett was always impeccable and  in charge and she’d look the part in this Ralph & Russo dress.

Dorothea Brooke from Middlemarch:


Austere yet stunning, I think even Dorothea would deign to wear this Stephane Rolland gown.

“Kitty” from Anna Karenina:


All virginal innocence, this Ralph & Russo frock is so sweet it almost makes you want to puke. But it’s also adorable. Much like Kitty herself.

Daisy Buchanan from The Great Gatsby:



Flirty and kicky and over-the-top, this Georges Hobeika dress is just the thing for a summer afternoon of cocktails at the Plaza.

Beverly Penn from Winter’s Tale:


This Valentino gown reminds me of the ceiling at Grand Central, which of course reminds me of Winter’s Tale.

Well, that was fun!

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3 Responses Post a comment
  1. Jess permalink
    August 5, 2015

    That was fun! Thanks!

  2. Anne Roy permalink
    August 9, 2015

    excellent choices … especially fond of the Middlemarch frock, Dorothea would have worn it smoothing down the flounces as she walked and as for Brett Ashley definite feel of a bull fighters cape in that skirt!

  3. August 10, 2015

    I want that Winter’s Tale dress. Stunning!

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