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Literary fashion heroines

While randomly stalking around the guardian webiste, I came across this photo gallery from 2008, that was too good to keep to myself. Its actress Emily Mortimer dressed as the heroines of a number of classic book and looking sumptuous in every one. I have no idea what kind of book Valley of the Dolls is, but I’m LOVING the outfit!

Do you have any literary style icons?


‘I should put on my red dress and it would be thin as a veil … It would make a flower shape as I sank down, in the middle of the room, on a gilt chair’
The Waves, Virginia Woolf


‘Her dress was richly trimmed with Venetian lace. In her black hair, all her own, she wore a little garland of pansies’
Anna Karenina, Leo Tolstoy


‘A woman can never be too fine while she is all in white. No, I see no finery about you; nothing but what is perfectly proper’
Mansfield Park, Jane Austen


‘She wore a slim, cool black dress, black sandals, a pearl choker … Her mouth was large, her nose upturned. A pair of dark glasses blotted out her eyes’
Breakfast At Tiffany’s, Truman Capote


‘They hadn’t tampered with her natural beauty, yet somehow they had succeeded in heightening it … She wore eye make-up and her hair was fuller, like a lion’s mane. She still looked every inch the lady, but she was exciting now’
Valley Of The Dolls, Jacqueline Susann

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  • avintagespirit (Lizzy) 5 September 2009, 7:26 pm

    These photos are so cool, thank you so much for sharing these! I always love imagining the fashions in my favorite books, both ones that have and haven't been made into movies. I love all the Jane Austen/Regency fashion!

  • Clare 6 September 2009, 1:18 am

    Those are gorgeous!! I love Emily Mortimer!!

  • Andi B. Goode 6 September 2009, 2:46 am

    Great photo shoot! I can't say I have any literary style icons – I'm too much of a visual person.
    -Andi x

  • ana b. 6 September 2009, 9:53 am

    What a find! I love love love it. I was named after Anna Karenina and it just happens to be my favourite pic in this shoot. I do like Emily Mortimer too although she's disappeared 🙁

  • Eyeliah 8 September 2009, 6:43 pm

    very cool editorial, though the breakfast at tiffanys was a bit too spot on.

  • Rehan Qayoom 9 September 2009, 5:32 am

    ana b. Emily Mortimer h asn't disappeared, she's still doing things.

    I remember that feature when it came out in The Guardian. I liked it so much I think I've kept it somewhere. She read Russian Literature at Oxford.

  • Louise 9 September 2009, 11:13 am

    A very inspired photo-shoot – thanks for sharing.
    I'm reading I Capture the Castle at the moment and am imagining faded silk tea dresses paired with beaten wellies.
    Fashion + literature = awesome.

  • Louise 10 September 2009, 12:31 pm

    I referred to this post over on my blog with a plug for you.
    Thanks again for sharing!
    Louise.
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