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Holly Golightly and the Fashioning of the Waif

Gabrielle Finnane

Source: Fashion in Fiction. Text and Clothing in Literature, Film, and Television 2009

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In Christopher Isherwood’s 1939 novel Goodbye to Berlin, Sally Bowles is a creature of color whose clothing, which can be grubby, always has something eye-catching: “She was dressed in black silk, with a small cape over her shoulders and a little cap like a page boy’s stuck jauntily on one side of her head.” As the narrator, also called Christopher Isherwood, watches her dial a phone number he notices “her fingernails were painted emerald green, a colour unfortunately chosen for it called attenti

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