The link in last week’s Thursday Links to a mix-tape for Alice (of Wonderland fame) reminded me that it’s been a long time since I created a “fashion mix-tape” inspired by my literary loves.
Today’s inspiration doesn’t come from fiction, but from the seminal text for the foundation of modern biology: On the Origin of Species. I re-read this book every few years, and slogging though parts may be, it never fails to inspire me and remind me why I think there’s nothing more amazing than the natural world.
On Saturday I wished Darwin a happy birthday and today I want to dress like him. Well, not exactly like him – the guy enjoyed a high collar the likes of which would completely obscure my graceful and swan-like neck – but the inspiration is there.
I think the 19th century naturalist would be proud of how my sense of style is evolving.
There is grandeur in this view of life, with its several powers, having been originally breathed into a few forms or into one; and that, whilst this planet has gone cycling on according to the fixed law of gravity, from so simple a beginning endless forms most beautiful and wonderful have been, and are being, evolved.
- Charles Darwin, On the Origin of Species