Classic Literature Gets the Fashion Touch
Cuban-born illustrator Ruben Toledo (husband of Isabel, designer of Michelle Obama's striking chartreuse dress and coat for the inauguration) has recently dressed up a few beloved classics in a chic new look. A fabulously coiffed, LBD-clad Hester Prynne makes her letter "A" look more "Angelina" than "Adultress" on the cover of The Scarlet Letter, while Elizabeth Bennet's rejection of Mr. Darcy (Pride and Prejudice) and Catherine Earnshaw's wanderings on the Yorkshire moors (Wuthering Heights) are now witty and surreal landscapes made to appeal to fashionistas as well as literature'istas. These new Penguin Classics Deluxe Editions will be available starting Fashion Week (Fall 2009) at Amazon.com.
- Lesley Scott