WE LIKE WELL-READ WOMEN

New York Illustrator Samantha Hahn first caught our attention with her ethereal watercolours of our favourite fashion week looks. Recreating the most eye-catching of outfits in her dreamy paintings, she put a new spin on our seasonal fashion view.

This month it is the written word Hahn is breathing artistic life in to – specifically fictional heroines – in her new book Well-Read Women. Bringing together fifty of literature’s greatest female characters, Hahn has produced enchanting portraits of each, accompanied by the most notable and evocative quotations from their respective novels.

Included are some of the most feisty, admirable and well-dressed female protagonists that literature has to offer. The Great Gatsby’s Daisy Buchanan is immortalised with her 1920’s curls in place, while Leo Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina is swathed in the fur we instantly associate with the doomed Russian lover.

No collection would be complete without the inclusion of Holly Golightly from Truman Capote’s groundbreaking volume Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Effortlessly stylish, Hahn depicts Golightly in full glamour mode, decorated in a red gown with the New York city outline in the background.

This new view of some of our most beloved female characters has us picking up the classic novels we’d long since forgotten about – while dreaming of access to some of the most enviable fictional wardrobes to date. Consider this collection a coffee table must-have, a beautiful read with intellectual punch.

Well-Read Women, Portraits of Fiction’s Most Beloved Heroines by Samantha Hahn is published by Chronicle Books. Get your copy here.