Great Dresses of Literature: Fabulous Nobodies

by Erin on October 15, 2013

Because I am in a classical mood lately, I select a traditional red-on-white polka dot dress with shoestring straps and a built-in padded bra and waist cinched tightly with a big red elastic belt. The frock’s name is Gina — after Gina Lollobrigida, naturally — and she’s so tight little wrinkles of fabric form on my hips when I walk. But she’s got a great sense of humor, a wonderful Italian outlook on life. When you walk in Gina — in six-inch red high heels, of course — you get this urge to hum “Volare” and swing your handbag like mad. I love her so much.

from Fabulous Nobodies, by Lee Tulloch. If you haven’t read Fabulous Nobodies, you really, really should.

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Lisa October 15, 2013 at 7:46 pm

Your link to the book is not working, Erin.

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Erin October 16, 2013 at 1:53 pm

Thank you! Fixed!

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Cel October 16, 2013 at 10:44 am

Sounds “fabulous”–I just read Seating Arrangements and can’t get enough of these takedowns. (Also, the bit you quoted — sounded like you voicing one of your pattern ladies).

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Toodles October 17, 2013 at 10:10 pm

I am so glad someone else knows that book! It is a must for anyone who loves vintage and dressing up. Fun story as well.

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Sarah December 1, 2013 at 12:44 pm

I’ve read it, Miss, I’ve read it!

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