Literary fashionistas

by Rachel

I’m no fashionista, yet I find it fascinating reading descriptions of characters and their garb in books. I remember reading Charlie and The Chocolate Factory as a kid and being blown away by Roald Dahl’s descriptions, and then watching the movie—wow! So, this article by Judy Berman piqued my interest and made me think about some of the best-dressed book figures out there. I’m going to be cliché here and vote for Ian Fleming’s James Bond as my best-dressed literary hero. I also agree with a lot of the names on Berman’s list—Dorian Gray, Scarlett O’Hara, Emma Bovary—what great examples of fashion-conscious characters.

I’d love to hear who you think is one of the best-dressed literary figures out there! Or perhaps the worst (if I recall anything from my college reading, Dorothea Brooke from George Eliot’s Middlemarch wasn’t such a sharp dresser).

4 Responses to Literary fashionistas

  1. Suzi McGowen says:

    Gail Carriger's characters in the Parasol Protectorate are all well dressed. Especially Lord Akeldama.

    She's been doing character studies of her characters (and their clothes) on her blog lately. http://gailcarriger.blogspot.com/

  2. Tamara says:

    I definitely agree with her choices (that I've read).

    As I was thinking about it, though, I wondered if they were best dressed in just my imagination, or they were actually described this way? I'm glad she provided text.

    It also strikes me that Bilbo in The Hobbit was pretty nattily dressed, as was Mr. Frog in The Wind in the Willows. And every princess in every fairy tale ever written. :-)

  3. Brad Jaeger says:

    Best dressed: Tolkien's elves.

  4. Tamara says:

    Brad, I think you're right!


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