Where Would Fashion Be Without Literature?

"There've been several constants in my reading from the start. The Russians were the first.

Audrey Hepburn as Natasha in War and Peace, 1956. From here.
Tolstoy! Tolstoy, naturally, was always my favorite. And when I think of Natasha in War and Peace, when she's just seen a young lady kiss a young man she was obviously having a walkout with and then she sees a young lieutenant and she follows him into the conservatory and she grabs his hand...I know exactly what she was wearing. It's actually known as the 'Natasha dress.' Where would fashion be without literature?" (82)


Vreeland, Diana. D.V. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1984.


Vreeland gives Wolfe a run for his ellipses and italics money.