Connecting inspiring words from the NeverEnding Story with beautiful retro fashion.
Die deutsche Version des Beitrags findest du hier: „Jede wirkliche Geschichte ist eine unendliche Geschichte„.
Michael Ende, writer of the NeverEnding Story and Momo, is truly one of the greatest authors to me. His books aren’t simply books. They create fantastic worlds, help us to find our deepest wishes and teach us to appreciate the importance of our short time on this earth. It is international book day on April 23rd and I thought this would be the perfect occasion to say „thank you“ to one of my favourite writers.
I always read these two books when I need some time for myself, when I am in doubt with my plans or my future, when I am feeling weak or need to gain more strength and self-confidence. Reading Ende shows in a beautiful way what in life truly matters and opens our eyes for the simple things we should be thankful for every day.
“A story can be new and yet tell about olden times. The past comes into existence with the story.”
Recently I went to a lovely, small café in Leipzig to take some photos of new Emmy Design and Vivien of Holloway retro fashion looks. I brought the NeverEnding Story with me, as I was reading it for the second time then, and I love being photographed while drinking coffee and reading a book.
It always feels so natural – being surrounded by wonderful people, chatting, drinking, and then taking pictures becomes such a relaxing thing!
I would love to show you the 1940s inspired outfits I shot and combine these with my favourite quotes by Michael Ende. Even if you have never read one of his books, these words are inspiring.
„Every real Story is a NeverEnding Story“
„There are many doors to Fantastica. There are other such magical books. A lot of people read them without noticing. It all depends on who lays hands on the book.“
The NeverEnding Story is about a boy who reads a magical book. Bastian Balthasar Bux is a pudgy boy with a big lack of self-confidence, but a huge passion for literature. While escaping the bullies of his class-mates, he bursts into an antique book store and discovers the NeverEnding Story.
“If you have never wept bitter tears because a wonderful story has come to an end and you must take your leave of the characters with whom you have shared so many adventures, whom you have loved and admired, for whom you have hoped and feared, and without whose company life seems empty and meaningless.
If such things have not been part of your own experience, you probably won’t understand what Bastian did next.”
I don’t want to tell you exactly what he did next, but I can say that in the end the book becomes his possession. And with this, an unexpected journey begins. With opening the book, he enters the world of Fantastica. Fantastica is a place of wonders and wishes, ruled by the Childlike Empress. She is dying and looking for someone to help her save Fantastica from the Nothing, which is spreading all over this fantastic world to destroy it.
Bastian is reading about the boy warrior Atreyu, who is, together with the wonderful lucky dragon Falkor, on a long and dangerous adventure to save the Empress and her world. What Bastian did not know at first: Only a human child from beyond Fantastica’s borders can help. And one day does become a part of this miraculous story himself.
This beautiful, 1940s inspired outfit was given to me by Emmy Design.
Bastian had shown the lion the inscription on the reverse side of the Gem. „What do you suppose it means?“ he asked. „‚DO WHAT YOU WISH.‘ That must mean I can do anything I feel like. Don’t you think so?“
All at once Graógramán’s face looked alarmingly grave, and his eyes glowed.
„No,“ he said in his deep, rumbling voice. „It means that you must do what you really and truly want. And nothing is more difficult.“
„What I really and truly want? What do you mean by that?“
„It’s your own deepest secret and you yourself don’t know it.“
Special about this book are also the illustrations that introduce each chapter. If you are inspired to read this book yourself now, you can find a beautiful edition right here*.
“If you stop to think about it, you’ll have to admit that all the stories in the world consist essentially of twenty-six letters. The letters are always the same, only the arrangement varies. From letters words are formed, from words sentences, from sentences chapters, and from chapters stories.”
And now, after all my enthusiasm about reading, I do also want to tell you more about the beautiful garments I am wearing. I am a big fan of Emmy Design fashion. Not only because this brand is creating authentic reproduced and fair vintage clothing, but also because the label was founded by an inspiring Swedish woman and is now, after a few years, available in over fifty shops and webshops all over Europe.
Emmy is a true role model when it comes to turning one’s own dream into reality. And her story shows that – when you follow your passion with as much love and belief as you can – you will be successful in the end. There is a wonderful quote by Michael Ende about what happens to dreams when they are forgotten one day.
This is the foundation of the magical world, that the book is speaking about:
“Once someone dreams a dream, it can’t just drop out of existence. But if the dreamer can’t remember it, what becomes of it?” It lives on in Fantastica, deep under earth. There are forgotten dreams stored in many layers. The deeper one digs, the closer they are. All Fantastica rests on a foundation of forgotten dreams.“
All these pictures were taken by wonderful Tabea Brandt. This beautiful café homeLE is a lovely recommendation for everyone staying in Leipzig. Young mum and founder Maike furnished it with a colourful mixture of old vintage and second hand furniture. It makes the guest feel like sitting in a cozy living room.
The lovely red Bow & Crossbones hoop earrings match the super cute „be my baby“ tulip blouse from Emmy. The jazzy A-line skirt I am wearing is a timeless classic. Such a piece is wonderful to have, as this basic can be worn on any occasion and daytime. AND, dear ladies, it has pockets!
The other book by Ende that I totally adore is Momo*. This book is written about the Grey Gentlemen, the time-thieves, and a lovely child that brings the stolen time back to the people. This story means a lot to me, as it helped me through difficult times. During the severe days of my depression I had huge problems to concentrate and even read simple sentences.
One day I thought I would give it another try and chose Momo as the first book that I would read after years. I read it a couple of times before, so I already knew the story and Ende’s writing style.
First I only could read a few pages. But then it became a habit for me to grab this book, prepare some fruits, and then go out into the park. I always chose the same sunny place at a small lake and enjoyed reading in the sun. I cannot tell how healing this process was. It felt like coming back into life, page by page, step by step.
„He pondered a while. Then he said, ‚You must never think of (cleaning) the whole street at once, understand? You must only concentrate on the next step, the next breath, the next stroke of the broom, and the next, and the next. Nothing else.‘
Again he paused for thought before adding, ‚That way you enjoy your work, which is important, because then you make a good job of it. And that’s how it ought to be.'“
When stories become reality
Whether it’s the NeverEnding Story, Momo or another book that stole your heart, they all have one thing in common: They are taking you to foreign places, introducing to new people, new friends, that you never would have met without opening the first page. That is why ending a book is also sometimes a very touching moment for me.
We have to say goodbye to characters that we spent so many exciting, moving, sad or happy hours with, characters that became our companions and helped us to dream, discover and explore new places and worlds. But that is also the wonderful aspect about books: They are always there. Their worlds are always kept inside the pages, and whenever we need it, they are happy to take us with them again.
And this is also a question that is asked (and maybe answered?) in the NeverEnding Story: What happens to the characters of a book when the book is closed?
„But that’s another story and shall be told another time.“
In this picture I am wearing a classy piece by Vivien of Holloway. The Slash Neck Tops are actually one of my favourites of them, as they are so easy to style and come in so many different colours.
So now, my dear reader, I am so curious to hear your own story. What are the books, or what is the ONE book, that always touches your heart from the first page till the end?
Further posts about vintage styles:
1930s makeup guide – About thin eyebrows and fair complexions
On the way to myself – Why finding my own style changed my whole life
A night at the Opera – Glamorous Vintage Styles for a magical winter world
Autumn Vibes, Vintage Styles and Ladies Meetup – Welcome to Revival Retro London
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