We here at Old Dominion are so excited to host our second-annual Literary Ball! We hope that this post will give you some inspiration and spark your creativity with regards to your costumed-attire for the evening of April 7th.

*psst* If you’re wondering what a literary ball is, check out this post.

What Do I Wear to a Literary Ball?

The Literary Ball is a great excuse to make a costume, splurge a little, or just run the goodwill to put something fun together.

The idea is have a whole smorgasbord of characters represented from many different eras and works of literature.

You can come as a character from your favorite classic work, childhood picture book, mystery series, history textbook, or biography. The possibilities are endless! Kudos to those who come as a group or a collection of characters.

Here are several examples of literary character costumes (remember, it does not have to be a fictional character!):






imgresÒLes MisŽrablesÓ by Costume Designer, Paco Delgado, 2013 Academy Award¨ Nominee for Costume Design. These costumes can be seen in the 21st Annual ÒArt of Motion Picture Costume DesignÓ exhibition in the FIDM Museum & Galleries at FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising, Los Angeles. (L to R): Costumes: Eddie Redmayne as Marius, Samantha Barks as ƒponine, Eddie Redmayne as Marius, Amanda Seyfried as Cosette, Hugh Jackman as Jean Valjean, Anne Hathaway as Fantine














We look forward to seeing your creative costumes! Please remember to bring the book your character is from. We will be displaying the books during the evening to see the wide array of titles represented.

Please refer to our etiquette page for more information regarding dress-code and modesty guidelines.

— This post was originally published on March 24th, 2017 —

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