thanks to Sarah Mitchell for this image.

The dress and hat are by designer Andre Tan, and were shown at Kiev’s fashion Week. (Don’t even breathe “Kiev has a fashion week?” unless you want to be inundated with stirring nationalistic email from the Ukraine.)

I like the dress quite a bit, but I’m not so sure about the hat. first of all, I’d be completely frustrated by this both as a wearer and as an onlooker. how could I read it either way, unless the person wearing it was exactly the ideal height to put this at my eye level? and are you allowed to turn the page of a book when it’s resting on someone else’s head, or is that an invasion of their personal space? and is it removable, so that you can coordinate the content your bookhat to the rest of your outfit? Obviously, I’d like to wear retro cookbooks or romantic-advice books with some of my 1950s dresses, steampunk science fiction with my a lot more future-Victorian outfits (okay, I don’t have any future-Victorian ensembles, but if I could wear a book on my head to match you’d know damn sure I’d get some!) and so on. The terrific Gatsby with a white linen shift dress. Catch-22 with anything with militaristic detailing. Oh, god, stop me! Stalky & Co. with schoolboy chic. Clan of the Cave Bear with anything furry.

Anyway: too lots of questions, not enough answers. and even if all the answers were in THAT BOOK, I’d never know!

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