I’m enthralled by these descriptions of clothing:
“[…] she wears what can only be called a costume, as they certainly aren’t normal clothes. White boots with lots of buttons, white stockings, and a white dress made from bits of every fabric imaginable, scraps of lace and silk and cotton all combined into one, with a short white military jacket over it, and white gloves. Every inch from her neck down is covered in white, which makes her red hair exceptionally shocking.”
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“On this evening, Mme. Padva wears a dress of black silk, hand embroidered with intricate patterns of cherry blossoms, something like a kimono reincarnated as a gown. Her silver hair is piled atop her head and held in place with a small jeweled black cage. A choker of perfectly cut scarlet rubies circles her neck, putting forth a vague impresion of her throat having been slit. The overall effect is slightly morbid and incredibly elegant.
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern - The inevitable movie production of this book ought to be spectacular, if the costumes do it justice.