Dressing Sira: Marrying literature and fashion
Reading – like fashion – is a refuge, inspiration, a space for dreams and escape. To celebrate the publication of Sira, the sequel to El tiempo entre costuras, by María Dueñas, Las Rozas Village shares a series of looks inspired by the novel.
Virginia Woolf wrote in Orlando “clothes have, they say, more important offices than merely to keep us warm. They change our view of the world and the world’s view of us.” Fashion plays an important part in each of María Dueñas’ novels. In El tiempo entre costuras (2009), fashion was the profession of the protagonist. "In Sira, fashion shows us how the world changes, what the historical circumstances of the moment are like, defines the characters and the sections of the story that follow," explains the writer. Let Dueñas’ words guide you in curating your spring wardrobe with essentials from the Village, inspired by Sira.
For María Dueñas, "sometimes a single garment, well chosen, can help define a character." The accessories are the key. Some of the bags that are being worn this spring could well have been part of Sira's wardrobe: rigid, vintage-inspired, ladylike aesthetics, with a short handle.
Green Gate leather bag
"A couple of curly strands had escaped from her updo and fell back down on her forehead, she was wearing men's clothing again, to which she, probably without trying, gave an air of rare elegance." (Sira, page 97)
Light blue blazer
"In the short time I had, I took a fleeting shower, applied make-up with relative care, and dressed in a beautiful sleeveless and patterned dress that I bought from Digby Morton in London." (Sira, page 291)
Black printed dress
Vestido de piel de cordero color celadón
Shoes with a story
"I tried on several superbly cut suits, exquisitely fashionable, said the shop assistant. I was amazed by its pure and stylized lines, simple, clean, devoid of the slightest ostentation or extravagance, a vivid reflection of the austerity that crossed the country in all its aspects. The prices, on the other hand, were abruptly far from economic and rational. I decided to keep two of them, adding a pair of slim-heeled shoes and a hat." (Sira, page 203)