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Fashion illustration of the day (The Scarlet Letter) / Modna ilustracija dana ( Grimizno slovo)

Today I'm sharing another fashion illustration with you. The medium is watercolour on paper. This one was actually inspired by one of my old outfit posts (here). In that post, I talked a bit about the book I was reading at that moment. Since I already discussed that book, today I wanted to take this opportunity to make another book recommendation. Just like my last literary recommendation, this one is a known classical of American literature. The Scarlet Letter was written by Nathaniel Hawthorne (who happens to be one of my favourite American writers). You can download this book for free here on project Gutenberg where it is available in different forms (kindle, etc.). When it comes to classics, you can always find them online, that is one of the advantages of the time we live in. Anyway, back on topic. This novel was published in 1850 and it is considered a masterpiece. It focuses on life of Hester Prynne, who after being condemned for adultery, manages to rebuild her life in an extremely puritan society/community. 

There is also a movie version of this book featuring Demi Moore. I kind of liked the movie, even if the movie version didn't really capture the spirit of the book. I watched the movie years prior to reading the book, but it didn't ruin it for me, because the novel actually has a different ending. The film itself has a happy ending that completely spoils the seriousness and the depth of this novel that is all about philosophical exploration of guilt, but I actually liked the acting in that film. I think Demi Moore did a pretty good job of capturing Hester's sensuality.  Unfortunately, the movie version didn't manage to capture neither the essence nor the sophistication of this book, which is about spiritual and individual growth. 

In the novel, Hester is portrayed as such a strong women and she becomes an inspiration for the reader (at least it was in my case). She manages to survive everything that life throws at her. In the movie, Hester needs a man to save her and that makes it a lot less interesting. The novel is all about its strong female protagonist and it focuses on her battle with both herself and the society. It is surprisingly modern for its time. In one way, I see it as a metaphor for a struggle between the artist and the society. Society is always both attracted and repelled by an artist. Repelled because artist's job is to challenge everything and because art of the best kind can be quite intense. At the same time, society is attracted to art because of that same intensity and beauty it posseses.

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With embroidery being so trendy this season, it is no wonder that Hester keeps invading my thoughts.  Hester, the heroine of this novel,  is an artist. An artist with the needle. After being excluded from the society, Hester lives a solitary life. Instead of becoming weakened by the harsh treatment she is subjected to, Hester grows stronger and manages not only to raise her daughter as a single mother but ensure a good life for her Pearl. Hester becomes known for her skill with the needle. In reality, Ester's embroidery becomes a form of art. I'm surprised that more critics didn't pick up on full significance of Ester's embroidery. Embroidery is a form of art. The kind of embroidery that Ester does certainly is. It is the only art form she has on her disposal. In her embroidery Hester finds realization of her sensuality and creative energies. There is passion in her work. That is why her embroidery becomes so popular. It is the only truly creative thing that exists in this puritan society. They don't have painting, they don't have higher education and learning, they don't have luxurious fashion. Embroidery is the one visual pleasure they have at their disposal (beside the nature itself). 

Paradoxically, once Hester doesn't need society anymore, society accepts her. Intuitively people feel her strength, and it comforts them. The story of Hester is a story of feminine courage. Of succeeding against all odds. Not everyone has the option of running away. Hester didn't have anywhere to go, but she managed to turned things into her advantage. That is perhaps what wisdom is about. Suffering the  blows of life and overcoming them, taking in the wrongs and turning them into something good. Too bad they had to make a film in which they turned it into a love story in which a heroine gets saved by a prince charming. You see, sometimes classics have more revolutionary ideas than modern film. This notion that a women can and should be enough for herself, but at the same time that by loving others she becomes something greater than herself. This idea that our individual growth is our first responsibility but that we don't need to forsake others for sake of it. That we can love, be hurt and rise about it. This idea that a woman can be fine on her own, but strong enough to love, strong enough that she can forgive and accept those who forsake her. You don't see this in modern films that often, do you? I tell you, The Scarlet Letter is quite an exceptional piece of writing. 


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Have you read The Scarlet Letter? Would you like to? Have you seen the film?


  1. This is a really lovely illustration Ivana! :) xx

  2. Great illustration Ivana! This book sounds really intriguing so I shall have top give it a go!!

  3. I didn't see the film and neither read the book. But obviously it is a very interesting story and yes, embroidery is definitely art. For me it is also interesting that the book and the film have different ends ... it seems to me that this happens often and sometime I think this is a pity. But in sum in my opinion this doesn't really matter as I got the feeling that most of the films tell differnt storys than the original books.
    I'm so in love with your illustration! (I love the original of your look, too.) The green is such an eye-catcher and so cool together with the bright denims. I really like it!
    xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena

    1. yes, often it is a pity. When it comes to movies, some thing have to be changed, and a movie can never be exactly the same as the book it is based on, but I don't see the point in changing the ending.

  4. WOW!!
    Obserwuję i zapraszam do mnie:

  5. Super illustration! Kisses:)


  6. look super amazing...thx for sharing Ivana...:-)

  7. My daughter is so artsy and she's currently painting. I cant paint anything to save my life. When say her work on canvas yesterday I almost passed out. And I discussed your recent illustrations with her as well. She loves your work. I clicked back and say the look that inspired this illustration. So beautiful! The author you spoke of I've not read no surprises but his work sounds so awesome. And back to this illustration I can't stop stating just how talented and in awe I am when I see your work. Very beautiful.
    Glad to hear that watching the movie didn't ruin the book for you as that's always the case. Must have been good with Demi in it. I love her. I wish the movie kept the character as a strong female instead of portraying her as needing a man. Rolling my eyes, they just had to make it that way. Like the strong independent woman is all a hoax.
    With everything going on in our busy and noisy world, i almost wish we could be transported to that embroidery and nature society. Must have been nice. How was your weekend Ivana? Have a great new week!

    1. that's amazing! It must be an awesome thing to have a daughter that is so talented. Thank you so much for your comment.

      Yes, Demi really saved that film. Her acting was really good. I'm sure that past times had its charms, our modern time is very fascinating as well.

  8. I have read The Scarlet Letter and I also saw the film. I enjoyed the book more than the movie and I do wish that it had been more of a faithful adaption of the book. The happy ending didn't feel right and I would've like it better if Hester actually stood her ground. Great job on the illustration. My first reaction was that it looked like you so I had to smile when I saw it was inspired by your outfit :)

  9. The novel is really inspiring and much deeper than the film. Btw, you look gorgeous in that picture.

    Jasmine x

  10. Thanks a lot :D

    I love your illustrationa dn you look really great

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  11. I have seen the film and thought it was okay. The book sounds much more like something I would enjoy, so I am going to hunt it down online and read it. Thank you for the insight!

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  12. This is marvellous, I always enjoy your illustrations!! I hope you have a great week ahead xx

  13. amazing post

  14. Found something new on your blog well keep it up girl :)
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  15. I dont know the film nor the book, but your drawing is gorgeous hun :) xx

  16. I lobe embroidery, dear Ivana, and embroidering too :) It's a great form of art, that turns things into personal items! I loved your picture with the book and the illustration as well, as usual! And I agree with you that artists both attract and push away society - it's ambiguous, I guess that society wants to like artistic expressions, but at the same time are afraid of some rebellious ways. I like the Scarlet Letter, there is also a movie with Emma stone talking about the book, directed to teens, mainly. Really a great post and illustration as always, dear Ivana! I like the depth! Hope you have a wonderful week!

  17. Don't you just hate it when a the film ending has nothing to do with the original story? I certainly do. Love the photo of you, Ivana, you look so pretty in it. Happy Monday, gotta dash.
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  19. Oh yes - The Scarlet Letter - what horrible times they were. Thank God w live in a completely different civilisation. You look lovely - Cheers - Margot :)

  20. Nisam čitala, ali posle tvog prikaza, verujem da hoću. Nisam sigurna za film doduše jer nekako ne vidim poentu u menjanju radnje, a i ljubavne priče me ne privlače koliko i pre. S druge strane, baš vidim Demi u liku žene koju opisuješ. Takva radnja je i dan danas simbol nekog prkosa, a tek u to vreme i da ne pričam. Čvrsto verujem da možemo i moramo da prihvatimo situacije koje ne možemo da promenimo jer možemo da učinimo da one rade za nas, a ne protiv nas. Koliko god to nekada delovalo nemoguće...

  21. Your illustration & portrayal pic is divine Ivana.


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