We think of fashion and reading as almost polar opposites: one is about creating an image, the other a kind of internal journey. But a number of recent fashion collections have been inspired by books, including by Hanya Yanagihara, Edgar Allan Poe, and Agatha Christie. Fashion brands are producing literature podcasts and hosting salons. And in interior design, TikTok’s latest trend is bookshelf wealth. On today’s episode, writer Simon Chilvers talks us through what’s behind the rise of literary fashion.


– Simon Chilvers’ piece, ‘Fashion’s Love For Literature’: https://on-ft-com.ezproxy.cul.columbia.edu/3Iu1vlD

– And another great piece by Simon on fashion in literature: https://on-ft-com.ezproxy.cul.columbia.edu/48HiqMd

– ‘Bookshelf wealth is the oldest decorating trick in the book’: https://on-ft-com.ezproxy.cul.columbia.edu/49K2dYb

– Simon is on Instagram @schilvers3 and X @simonchilvers

– Simon also wants to see the fashion world embracing author Deborah Levy and Nobel Prize winner Annie Ernaux. You can read the FT’s lunch with Deborah Levy here. And an interview with Annie Ernaux here.


Special FT subscription offers for Life and Art podcast listeners, from 50% off a digital subscription to a $1/£1/€1 trial, are here: http://ft.com.ezproxy.cul.columbia.edu/lifeandart


Original music by Metaphor Music. Mixing and sound design by Breen Turner and Sam Giovinco.

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