Fashion and Fiction: The Butler and Clothing in Recent History

This post features the movie The Butler to show the importance of fashion in recent history aJANE FONDA stars in LEE DANIELS' THE BUTLERnd how clothing is an important part of fiction.

We know characters by what they wear – whether that’s described in print, television, or in film.

What we wear also shows the way we’re going to act and our audience. A man dresses one way for the office and another way to cut the grass at home or watch football.

A woman can wear clothing that makes her look businesslike and powerful or sensual and sexy.

Fashion designer Ruth Carter told the Hollywood Reporter that her biggest challenge for The Butler was catching the styles and essence of Jacqueline Kennedy and Nancy Reagan.

“I wanted to pay homage to the first ladies’ favorite designers, but I had to design and craft a lot from scratch because we didn’t have a big costume budget,” says Carter, who hit up private collectors and L.A. vintage stores, including her favorite vintage couture boutique, The Paper Bag Princess in Beverly Hills.

I’ll post regularly about fashion and its role in fiction as I write Arrival the third installment of The Jessie Carter Fashion Series.

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If you’d like the first 3 chapters to read for free, just shoot me an email at with Boarding Chapters in the subject line.

Click here to read the entire interview in The Hollywood Reporter.


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