January 24, 2021

‘Proust is the godfather of fashion’: what writers’ clothes reveal about them

Samuel Beckett had a Gucci bag; Dorothy Parker worked for Vogue. A new book on writers’ style uncovers the hidden links between clothes and prose

The title reads like a provocation: Legendary Authors and the Clothes They Wore. What? Shouldn’t authors, especially “legendary” ones, be exempt from fashion scrutiny? Surely we should look at their words, not their outfits. If they produced great works of art, who cares how they dressed?

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