From Breakfast at Tiffany’s to Stig of the Dump, we spent 2012 looking at what people in books wear, and finding the best pictures we could to illustrate them. Here are some highlights:
Clothes investigations and original research We found out what was meant when people mentioned Doris Keane in Romance (and thus what Cedric wore for the Ball).
We checked out the original Russian of Anna Karenina (well we got an expert/friend to do it) to finetune the translation of a dress description.
And we helpfully explained what fascinators really are, tried to find out what a Tom and Jerry hat is, and looked for the sartorial meaning of crumbcatcher.
The most featured author was Agatha Christie, with 9 entries (including a couple from her alter ego Mary Westmacott) – all from different books, and surely there’ll be at least that many Christie entries in 2013 too. This one gives a few of our important opinions on her.
Runners up: Dorothy L Sayers, with 7, Evelyn Waugh, Hilary Mantel, WS Maugham, Nancy Mitford & Noel Streatfeild – 6 each.
Most entries for one book: Diary of a Provincial Lady (by EM Delafield) has given us 5 entries, while James Joyce’s Ulysses gave us 4 (plus one for The Dead.) Eight years between the publication dates, one covers one day and the other a whole year, and a similar interest in what people are wearing. Hard to slide a cigarette paper between them.
Best connection established: the unlikely link between Miss Read (chronicler of English village life) and WG Sebald (important modern writer).
And just LOOK at that dress. See the entries for details.
Thanks to everyone for great suggestions and feedback, corrections and translations, and thanks to two very welcome guest bloggers, and to those who kindly supplied photos.
A huge thank you to all the institutions, groups and individuals who have made available an incredible range of photos on the web, allowing others to see and use the beautiful images, the memorable faces, the details of lives therein. I am surprised every single day by the extraordinary photos out there, and the generosity with which they are shared. Without them we would be totally stuck here at Clothes in Books Central. As it is, we look forward to charming you with even better images in 2013.