Your Favorite Authors Played Dress-Up, and It Was Spectacular

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Your Favorite Authors Played Dress-Up, and It Was Spectacular

By Vivian Kane | Miscellaneous | July 2, 2014 | Comments ()


What’s better than a bunch of literary figures? A bunch of literary figures dressed up as a DIFFERENT bunch of literary figures. A photographer named Cambridge Jones (was there ever a more English name is the history of everything?) did a shoot for The Story Museum in Oxford in which famous authors dressed up as their favorite childhood literary characters. The results are pretty fantastic.

Neil Gaiman as Badger, The Wind in the Willows

Francesca Simon as the Queen of Hearts and Stephen Butler as the Mad Hatter, Alice in Wonderland

Michael Morpurgo as Magwitch, Great Expectations

Malorie Blackman as the Wicked Witch of the West, The Wizard of Oz

Anthony Horowitz as Jekyll and Hyde

Holly Smale as the White Witch, The Chronicles of Narnia

Benjamin Zephaniah as Anansi the Spider

Terry Jones as Rupert the Bear

Terry Pratchett as Just William

The exhibit runs at the Story Museum in Oxford through November 2nd.

Via Nerdist.

If we’re talking important literary figures, Vivian Kane would have dressed as Stacey from The Babysitter’s Club and she doesn’t care what you think!

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  • PDamian

    If I could do this, I'd be Laura Ingalls ... but it would be too weird to see a fat, middle-aged Latina prancing around in a pinafore, so it's probably just as well.

    And Anthony Horowitz is the creater and writer of Foyle's War, one of my all-time favorite series, so it's a delight to see him here.

  • NateMan

    I just saw Sir Pratchett had to cancel an appearance at a con because the Alzheimer's is getting worse. Glad to see something to lighten the mood.

  • Marcie

    That sucked. Yeah, fuck Alzheimer's.

  • emmalita

    That made me so sad. I hated watching mt grandfather, who was most proud of his mind, descend into dementia.

  • Fabius_Maximus

    Fuck Alzheimer's!

  • Jennifer


    Context: I was an intern at the Story Museum when they were getting this together, back in 2011.

    All the costumes were donated by an incredibly stuffy London costumes dealer who required frequent mollifying that we wouldn't set them on fire. There was at least one catfight over who got to play popular characters, but they were very British catfights, with lots of tea and excessive politeness.

    And EVERYBODY wanted to play Robin Hood.

  • bastich

    So who did the catfighting? Was it Gaiman vs. Pratchett? I hope not -- that would be a bad omen for everyone....

  • foolsage

    I see what you did there. :)

  • Jennifer

    Nah, they're great mates. I think Pratchett actually wanted to be Merlin, from The Sword In The Stone - but the costume, when it was sent up, was a ridiculous purple velvet robe-thing, with a false beard. It was... distressing.

    Philip Pullman was a bit of a handful (poor man was very ill), Michael Rosen did his best with a very dirty costume and a woman who will remain nameless chucked a fit because her costume idea had been taken.....

  • NateMan

    That's great!

  • indiemuse

    I'm a Kristy. But I always wanted to be a Claudia. No shame...

  • laylaness

    Stacey forever.

  • Nicole_OCTV

    One of my favorite things in the books was reading the descriptions of Claudia's wardrobe/accessories/hairstyles. But I knew that I could never be so cool. I always wanted to be Dawn, and I for sure harbored a secret crush on Stacey. I definitely had blonde envy as a pre-teen.

  • emmalita

    At least you aren't Jacquelin.

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