Story Inspiration Sunday

True confession time.

I enjoy reading about fashion. I am a Project Runway junkie, and I religiously follow Tom and Lorenzo. (Their “Pretty of the day” posts are frequently inspiring!) I buy fashion books, and, okay, I sometimes even buy fashion magazines (special treat for when I’m sick and lying in bed and want to look at something pretty.)

However, if you met me, you’d never know it. I’m very much a jeans and T-shirt kind of gal. I may own a few pairs of high heels, but I rarely wear them. My clothes must be comfortable.

A lot of these posts are going to be inspiration from fashion shows. The designers are telling a story, and they have created many characters with their clothes and models. Not every fashion show is successful, and not every line tells a good story. Some are too repetitive, too focused on a theme. But even those will sometimes have a great character or two.

This picture comes from the Dolce & Gabbana Fall 2013 collection.

Dolce&Gabbana Fall 2013

Me, I see a young queen, just come to power. She’s young, untried, but determined. This is a character with great conviction, who is going to make fabulous mistakes, at least in terms of plot. I don’t have a name for her, or her backstory, but I see such a wealth of character and possibility in her.

What do you see? Could you write a story about her?

As always, feel free to use these images as inspiration for your own work. Whatever you create will be 100% different than anything I do.





Story Inspiration Sunday — 4 Comments

  1. The red dress, while gorgeous, strikes me as armor. Maybe it has a consciousness of its own, whether imposed by an outside spell or inherent in the garment itself. That way, the young Queen must struggle not only with her courtiers, rivals, enemies, etc., but with the magic that has a different agenda.

  2. I’m afraid it strikes me, up front, as obviously a fashion shot without noticing that it is one.

    Though it might be selecting a bride for a king, and this woman is determined to show her queenly side, having great need for a political affiliation, and suspecting that the king is looking for such a determined woman.