Literary Dresses

10 Gowns From Literature That Will Make You Say Yes to the Dress

Books are fantastical in that we could imagine an entire world however we want just from words on a page. Details fuse together to create a specific image or one more open to interpretation. So, when those books are chosen from the many and given a new life on the movie screen, we’re usually excited to see what the verdict will be (excited is an understatement, obviously).


From characters’ looks to the way everything is designed, a character’s look is a prominent point when it comes to the costume department. YES! There’s been some wonderful adaptations that listen to the readers and create something we could’ve only dreamed of. After some hard thinking, I’ve put together a list of the ten most beautiful gowns and dresses from literary characters whose stories made it to the big screen. It’s so hard to pick, but these will definitely have you dreaming and wishing you could spin, dance, and attend the ball in such one-of-a-kind, marvelous dresses.


1. Elizabeth Bennet, Pride and Prejudice (2005)


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This scene is perfect, when Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy dance together and everyone in the room disappears. The soft hues, flowy material, and her pinned hair make for a very angelic look. Those regency ball gowns and pastel ribbons were magic together. I want to be a Bennet.


2. Christine Daaé, The Phantom of the Opera (2004)


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‘Think of me, think of me fondly…’ This my favorite song from Christine, and I ran away with each note when I saw the Broadway show and film. She is literally glowing as the frame sweeps over her timeless performance. This ethereal dress is made of the stars. How could we not stare?


2. Scarlett O’Hara, Gone with the Wind (1940)


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Miss Scarlett pulls the words from everyone’s mouth when she enters with this stunning number on. Her statuesque look and the crimson shade show off a southern belle and an aura all her own. She never ceases to amaze us and to have this in my closet would be a dream. A DREAM.


3. Cecilia Tallis, Atonement (2007)



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When people say they love the color green, this is what I think of! This silky backless gown flows with every step and catches the air with every turn. This is the perfect flair of romance for a true romance movie. Stunning.


4. Eliza Doolittle, My Fair Lady (1964)


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This is because I’ve never met anyone whose heart Audrey hasn’t stolen. This woman is a long-stemmed rose and her cockney character Eliza charmed her way from the cobble-stoned streets into this frilly, lacey garment. This is class on class and we cannot get enough!


5. Cinderella, Cinderella (2015)



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It’s the dress we all wanted when we first watched Disney’s Cinderella. In their live-action remake, the detail is superb with this soft-yet-vivid shade of blue with an iridescent sheen. Effortless ruffles make the look whimsical and reflect the magic in those famous glass slippers. Keep the prince, give me the dress.


6. Daisy Buchanan, The Great Gatsby (1974)


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This is, no doubt, a stunner. Beading, layers, glitter, and pearls are always a recipe for magic. Mia Farrow captures Daisy’s sophistication and femininity so well that gazing upon her style is all we can do, rich like champagne and caviar. I will still mention Carey Mulligan’s mystical dress in the 2013 remake. I’d love any of them really…


7. Anna Karenina, Anna Karenina (2012) 


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A lady in the red dress creates scandal, but remains exquisite doing so. Knightley’s distinct style fills this gown in perfectly. She is graceful in every sense of the word and plays the fair canvas to a shade of ruby red. Perhaps in my dreams I shall acquire this.


8. Mary Poppins, Mary Poppins (1964)


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If this dress doesn’t make you think of ‘supercalifragilisticexpialidocious’, then I don’t know what will. Andrews’ feminine, girly outfit is quite derby-esque and we have nothing but fun when we look at it. She embodies the pure joy that follows Mary Poppins everywhere.


9. Holly Golightly,  Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961)


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Miss Hepburn brought on the surge known as the Little Black Dress (a.k.a. the LBD). This look is probably the most recognizable look of all time in any film or popular culture. Wear it anytime, anywhere. Throw in a baked treat, cup of coffee, and Tiffany’s on 5th and you are the epitome of all things style, darling.


10. Belle, Beauty and the Beast (2017)



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If I said I never wished with all my might that I could wear this dress, I’d be a liar. That goes for all of you! In Disney’s hit live-action remake, we were able to fall in love with this story and this dress all over again. Flecks of gold dance over Belle’s famous gown and it fans out with every spin by the Beast. My favorite Disney princess looks absolutely breathtaking dress; this is as true as it can be.




Cher, Clueless (1995)



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“This is an Alaia!” This particular dress is also a bonus. Clueless is known to have been loosely adapted to Jane Austen’s Emma. Since we all enjoy both I wanted to give this totally famous designer dress a mention. Cher has style, wit, and a heart of gold beneath all those name brands. 


If I missed any breathtakingly beautiful dresses, forgive me. There are so many to choose from and they all speak to me in different ways. To have just one night to wear each of them would be the true fairytale. Don’t we all want to feel that way? All these characters have something we could use, something we could learn from them. Wear their strength like satin, their power like pashmina, and their wisdom like the wispiest dress you can find.


And don’t forget the pearls.


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