Calling all fashionistas! You'll totally LOVE Anna Godbersen, author of Bright Young Things, talking about fashionable types in books...


Anna Godbersen, author of Luxe, and her equally glamorous new book, Bright Young Things, takes us through the most fashionable women in writing.Take a look...

1. Lily Bart, Edith Wharton's The House of Mirth. The original New York girl, Lily, brought low by overspending on bad little habits like cigarettes, gambling and new clothes. She's beautiful, sophisticated and sharp, and then there's that scene where her instincts for the finer points of dress are put to spellbinding use as she recreates Sir Joshua Reynold's painting Mrs Lloyd. Unfortunately, these skills ultimately let her down, when she loses her job as a hat-maker because of her poor workmanship. Poor Lily.

2. Holly Golightly, Truman Capote's Breakfast at Tiffany's. Another New York girl walking that fine line between fabulosity and delusion. When Fred the narrator sees her, she's wearing oversized sunglasses and an LBD; later on, knowing she must read the kind of devastating letter that would send a lesser girl running for the tissues and Haagen Dazs, she demands her purse and utters the line: "A girl doesn't read this sort of thing without her lipstick."


3.. Cleopatra, Shakespeare's Antony and Cleopatra. It takes a legend to do glamour this big. A friend of her lover famously describes her opulent appearance thusly: "The barge she sat in, like a burnish'd throne/Burn'd on the water: the poop was beaten gold/Purple the sails, and so perfumed that/The winds were love-sick with them; the oars were silver..." etc.

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