A fashion story

Golden Book Gown

Golden Book Gown

This dress is truly a ‘classic’ story. The Golden Book Gown, designed by the incredibly creative Ryan Novelline, is constructed entirely out of recycled and discarded children’s Golden Books.

Golden Book Gown

I’m not sure if my childhood favourites are in there (Hush, Hush, It’s Sleepy Time and The Poky Little Puppy) but I can certainly spot lots of familiar titles on the voluminous skirt (the skirt is a little over fourteen square metres!). Pages of Golden Books were sewn together with metallic gold thread and the bodice was made from the books’ foil spines.

Golden Book Gown

Now before you start eyeing off your kid’s copy of Scuffy the Tugboat or considering how good the reds and oranges in The Little Red Hen might look as part of a frock for yourself, check out the pictures of the Golden Book Gown as it was being made – clearly an insane amount of work!

After you’ve marvelled at the pictures of the gown under construction, take a walk down memory lane with the history of some little books that changed publishing history. Then see another handy use we found for old Golden Books here.

Golden Book Gown

Golden Book Gown

Golden Book Gown

Katrina Whelen

Katrina studied planning and design, did the hard yards working in a big office building and then traded it all in for a relaxing (!) life at home with four children. She now fills her time with writing, completing a degree in genetics and taxiing her children around Melbourne to their various sporting commitments (not necessarily in that order).

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