Literary Fashions for Serious Book Nerds


We don’t cover too much fashion here at Flavorpill, but we do very much enjoy new ways to express our lit-nerdiness, whether it’s people dressed up as literal books or fashion designers inspired by literature. Recently, we saw a dress that might be the nerdiest of them all (but also the greatest) and were inspired to hunt down a few more literary fashions, from dresses based on book covers to entire ball gowns made completely out of children’s books. Click through to see what you’d be wearing if you really liked literature (well, maybe), and let us know which outfit is your favorite in the comments.

Want to be ready for an unexpected journey? This pretty dress doubles as an excellent map of Middle-Earth. Photo by Matt & Kristy of an attendee at Dragon*Con, via The Mary Sue.

And in case the above Lord of the Rings dress is a bit too, ehm, demure for you, why not choose one of these? The dress on the left is called “One Dress to Rule Them All,” if that helps. [via]

You probably shouldn’t actually search for the Deathly Hallows in this t-shirt dress, but you can wear it to remind yourself of your quest on off-days. Buy your own here.

Real fairy-tale princesses make their ball gowns out of Little Golden Books. Designer Ryan Novelline created the bodice from the golden spines of these classic kid’s books, and sewed together the skirt from their illustrated pages. [via]

Once upon a time, Jennifer Pritchard Couchman created this custom dress — made from multiple copies of Angela Carter’s Book of Fairy Tales for contemporary fairy tale author Claire Massey. We have to say, it’s pretty magical. [via]

Love each and every chapter Moby-Dick? In this dress, created by Angela Cockayne, you can wear all 136 of them stitched down your front. [via]

Cool girls wear sweaters inspired by The Bell Jar. [via]

Designer Tata Christiane created an entire collection, entitled Magical Realism, based on Gabriel García Márquez’s 100 Years of Solitude. It might be a little heavier on the “magical” than it is on the “realism,” but we love it anyway. [via]

Another dress made out of its inspirational material, this creation by Carrie Ann Schumacher (and several other breathtaking creations like it) is crafted from 50 romance novels she rescued from a free box at her local library. [via]

If referencing maps and book covers is too oblique for you, why not wear the entire text of your favorite novel on your shirt? No one around you will ever be bored again. [via]