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Literary-Inspired Fashion Collections That Should Exist

If you’ve been following New York Fashion Week this year, you probably saw that Rodarte caused a stir by sending models down the runway wearing gowns emblazoned with Star Wars characters.

C-3PO and R2-D2 gown by Rodarte

Those are definitely the droids I’m looking for. Well done, Rodarte.

In order to encourage more of this delightful behavior, I thought I’d compile a list of literary characters who would be amazing as haute couture.

Idea #1: The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister.

rainbowfish gown collage

If my MS Paint Rainbow Fish gown can look this good, imagine what a real fashion designer could do with this texture! I recommend that the collection start with some sparkling gowns and some unembellished, and then end with a mix, to pay homage to the storyline. I’ve included a fabulous hat to evoke the Rainbow fish’s dorsal fin. I recommend commissioning Phillip Treacy to recreate it in real life.

Rainbow Fish makeup

A little Rainbow Fish beauty inspiration to help out whichever high-end designer ultimately chooses to produce a collection based on my designs. Makeup inspiration here, nail tutorial here.

Idea #2: When the Sun Rose by Barbara Helen Berger.

When the sun rose gown collage

When the Sun Rose was one of my favorite books when I was little, and the beauty of the illustrations had a whole lot to do with it. To stay true to the characters’ playfulness, I went with a crop top with a hint of peplum and a pattern of yellow roses over a huge, multilayered ballgown-style skirt that resembles the sun in the illustrations.

This particular fashion show will obviously have to involve lions.

lion-enters-when-the-sun-rose

Idea #3: The Very Hungry Caterpillar.

Very hungry Caterpillar collage

Such a classic! The Very Hungry Caterpillar collection would need to start out with daywear, feature some chunky cocoon coats, and then end with – SPOILER ALERT – a glorious butterfly-inspired ballgown. Above is one of the casual pieces, a relaxed, caterpillar-hued swing dress with boots and a jaunty beret. My designs are more interpretative than Rodarte’s “put a character on it” approach. Although a ballgown with a caterpillar on it might be interesting, too.

But why just make a gown with a caterpillar on it when you could mimic the caterpillar’s metamorphosis throughout your runway show and end with a butterfly-esque confection like this?

The Very Hungry Caterpillar as a butterfly gown collage

You are welcome, fashion elite. I look forward to seeing these designs on the runway soon.

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