Living With Books 05: If Only I Could Dress Myself in Words


Another photo taken of a dress of books in an Anthropologie window.

Anthropologie steals my heart, dressing its windows with fanciful dresses made of words.

Middle of the week is perfect time to take a breather with pictures. Clearly my family was not alone in our love of books, as these pictures show imagination extends to fantasizing: If only I could dress myself in words…

Last summer, I featured a dress from a Dallas homeshow that had been formed from the crimped pages of books (link to my summer reading list article, here). At the time, it was one of the most-favorited pictures fluttering around the internet. How better to combine a girl’s two loves — words & fashion — than in a dress assembled of the two? Surely, this dress was unique.  And yet… no.  As these pictures show, our love of books has inspired more than one designer.

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This model corsetted with a skirt of tumbling pages was featured in the promotional slideshow for the Book Lover's Ball. For more info and full photo credits, visit http://bookloversball.ca/

This model — corsetted with a skirt of tumbling pages — was featured in the promotional slideshow for the Book Lover’s Ball. For more info and full photo credits, visit http://bookloversball.ca/

Photo of an Anthropologie window taken by Lynne Byrne, featured on http://www.decorartsnow.com/2011/02/25/february-25-2011-now-and-then-paper-crafts/

Photo taken by Lynne Byrne of a dress of books in an Anthropologie window. Bestill my heart!

Another store window: "Once upon a time," this wearable bridal dress was "made of words" by Jennifer Pritchard Bridal. For more, go to http://jenniferpritchardbridal.wordpress.com/2010/10/18/once-upon-a-time%E2%80%A6-the-dress-made-from-books-for-a-fairy-tale-reading/

Another store window: “Once upon a time,” this wearable bridal dress was “made of words” by Jennifer Pritchard Bridal. For more, go to http://jenniferpritchardbridal.wordpress.com/2010/10/18/once-upon-a-time%E2%80%A6-the-dress-made-from-books-for-a-fairy-tale-reading/

Perhaps my favorite, is this dress, made by artist Peter Clark for the Holland Paper Biennial in 2010.  Is it not the perfect uniform for reading?

Artist Peter Clark's dress of pages, for the Holland Paper Biennial 2010. http://uponafold.com.au/blog/post/holland-paper-biennial-2010/

Artist Peter Clark’s dress of pages, for the Holland Paper Biennial 2010. http://uponafold.com.au/blog/post/holland-paper-biennial-2010/

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