Created By: Earnest on February 25, 2013 Last Edited By: Earnest on March 25, 2013
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Chlorophyl Clothes

Dressing in living plants.

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Please vote for the name in this crowner.

You have got to respect anyone who can combine gardening and fashion into a single discipline. Basically, they can turn still living plants into un-wilting clothes that can take on the wear and tear of everyday life without dying or breaking.

Often, this is because plant magic is involved, or obscenely advanced genetic engineering is used. A Plant Person usually straddles the line between both of these justifications. Failing that, enough money can makes this a viable wardrobe option for those willing to burn through their greens. That said, Clorophyl Clothes aren't always as glamorous and gorgeous as the page picture. For instance, the Nature Hero may make a slipshod loincloth out of grubby leaves and vines, and monsters such as trolls may be covered in modesty moss.

This trope is almost Always Female with only rare male exceptions like Peter Pan. It may be because women are Closer to Earth, and dressing them in plants is an easy way to make Mother Nature / Nature Spirit / Dryad /Fairy connotations. Then again, this trope is also a good excuse for Fanservice-y Costume Porn, regardless of gender.

Sub-Trope of Improvised Clothes. See also Petal Power.


Examples:

Anime and Manga

Comic Books
  • Batman villainess Poison Ivy is fond of wearing a part or full leaf based costume.

Film - Western Animation
  • Tinkerbell and the Disney Fairies all wear flower or leaf based clothes.

Literature
  • The Bible: After eating the forbidden fruit, Adam and Eve attempted to cover their nakedness through garments made of fig leaves. God later provided animal skins for them to wear.
  • Rhia of The Lost Years of Merlin is described to be wearing clothes made of vines.
  • In the book Ivy And The Meanstalk, Princess Ivy is brought to her friend's wedding wearing a cumbersome dress made entirely of live flowers, which hurts to walk in and attracts a lot of insects. The bride specifically chose it for her.
  • Trolls in Discworld'' often have living lichens growing on their stony bodies, and fashion-conscious females sometimes cultivate the more-attractive varieties deliberately.
  • Dryads in The Chronicles of Narnia are often described as wearing clothes that are made of the leaves and bark of the trees they come from.

Tabletop Games
  • In early Dungeons & Dragons material the halfling nature deity Sheela Peryroyl is dressed in wildflowers.
  • Magic: The Gathering has several Dryads dress this way. Special mention goes to Rushwood Dryad and Shanodin Dryads, the latter of whom combines it Petal Power into a floating cloud of foliage.
  • In the tabletop role-playing game Brave New World, the Jungler archetype (whose power set involves controlling plants) is depicted as being dressed in leaves.

Video Games
  • Being a classic Plant Person, Zyra from League of Legends is an example.
  • The Sylvari in Guild Wars 2 are sentient human-like plants. All of their buildings and racial specific equipment is made of leaves, wood, and flowers. The clothes do come separate though, as other races can equip Sylvari produced weaponry and clothing.
  • Warcraft III and World of Warcraft dryads have the lower body of deer, but their upper halves usually wear leafy looking bras.
  • Terraria has another Dryad example.

Western Animation
  • The Petalars in ThunderCats (2011) dress like this, though it may actually be part of their body, being plant people.

Real Life
  • An artist called Rene Walker Soloman makes grass suits, but with grass seed and adhesive and water and an old suit instead of advanced technology, magic, or the patience of a saint.

Community Feedback Replies: 28
  • February 25, 2013
    troacctid
    "Couture" is a nice SAT word, but nobody's going to search for it and Added Alliterative Appeal isn't a substitute for actual cleverness. Needs A Better Title.

    Other than that, I think it's tropable, although I don't have any examples off the top of my head.
  • February 25, 2013
    Earnest
    I've gotten used to spectacular displays of curtness, but speaking of substitutes curtness is not a one for actual trope name alternatives either.

    I'd be more than happy to hear some.
  • February 25, 2013
    DennisDunjinman
    Chlorophyll Cloth/ing?

    I have an example. In the book Ivy and the Meanstalk, Princess Ivy is brought to her friend's wedding wearing a cumbersome dress made entirely of live flowers, which hurts to walk in and attracts a lot of insects. The bride specifically chose it for her.
  • February 26, 2013
    Tuckerscreator
    • The Bible: After eating the forbidden fruit, Adam and Eve attempted to cover their nakedness through garments made of fig leaves. God later provided animal skins for them to wear.
    • Rhia of The Lost Years Of Merlin is described to be wearing clothes made of vines.
  • March 1, 2013
    Guyven
    Video Games
    • The Sylvari in Guild Wars 2 are sentient human-like plants. All of their buildings and racial specific equipment is made of leaves, wood, and flowers. The clothes do come separate though, as other races can equip Sylvari produced weaponry and clothing.
  • March 1, 2013
    KZN02
  • March 1, 2013
    Paradisesnake
    Chlorophyll Clothes sounds a bit awkward to me... How about Vegetation Wear? Also, an example:

    Video Games
  • March 1, 2013
    NateTheGreat
  • March 1, 2013
    GiantSpaceChinchilla
    A artist called Rene Walker Soloman makes grass suits, but with grass seed and adhesive and the patience of a saint water and a old suit instead of advanced technology or magic.
  • March 3, 2013
    DracMonster
  • March 3, 2013
    SharleeD
    • Trolls in Discworld often have living lichens growing on their stony bodies, and fashion-conscious females sometimes cultivate the more-attractive varieties deliberately.
  • March 4, 2013
    Arivne
    Tabletop Games
    • In early Dungeons And Dragons material the halfling nature deity Sheela Peryroyl is dressed in wildflowers.
  • March 4, 2013
    NESBoy
    GiantSpaceChinchilla's example wouldn't translate well into an actual article due to the use of the strike markup.
  • March 4, 2013
    NateTheGreat
    I hate to admit it, but Fashionable Foliage is better.
  • March 5, 2013
    hevendor717
    The plant clothes don't have to be fashionable. They could look horrible. So Fashionable Foliage is not better.
  • March 5, 2013
    Tallens
    Dryads in their various portrayals throughout media.

    • Dryads in The Chronicles Of Narnia are often described as wearing clothes that are made of the leaves and bark of the trees they come from.
    • Warcraft III and World Of Warcraft dryads have the lower body of deer, but their upper halves usually wear leafy looking bras.
  • March 6, 2013
    GiantSpaceChinchilla
    Kind of like Vegetation Wear perhaps with Vege Wear as a redirect?
  • March 6, 2013
    dakta
    ^^ When applied to hideous garments, Fashionable Foliage becomes sweet irony.
  • March 6, 2013
    Tallens
    Maybe just Foliage Fashion?
  • March 11, 2013
    Earnest
    I feel it has enough examples to launch, but I'd like a few more votes on the name choices before doing so.
  • March 12, 2013
    foxley
    In the tabletop role-playing game Brave New World, the Jungler archetype (whose power set involves controlling plants) is depicted as being dressed in leaves.
  • March 12, 2013
    BOFH
    Video Games
  • March 12, 2013
    BOFH
    Anime And Manga
  • March 22, 2013
    Adbot
    I vote for Lady In Greenery.

    Also, a couple more Poison Ivy examples (to the point where we could consider her as the definition of the trope, maybe even as a category all to herself)

    Film - Live Action
    • Much like her comic counterpart, Poison Ivy in Batman And Robin also wears plants as her clothes.

    Video Game
    • In her appearance pre-mutation in Batman Arkham Asylum, although she still wears an inmates shirt, her... lower half appears to be covered in vines.

    Western Animation
    • Again, Poison Ivy from Batman: The Animated Series wears clothes made out of leaves.
  • March 22, 2013
    MacronNotes
    Lady In Greenery makes it look like it's gender-specific.
  • March 22, 2013
    xanderiskander
    Western Animation
    • Wakfu: Has Amalia, a Sadida (their world's plant summoners) that wears a skirt made out of leaves. Other Sadidas seen in the show also wear similarly leafy clothing. The males take this even further, by growing green beards, that cover their entire face, and make them resemble trees.

    Also for a better title how about "Garden Garments", or "Greenery Garments"?
  • March 22, 2013
    Paradisesnake
    I think this trope just needs a crowner for choosing the name and then launch.
  • March 25, 2013
    Earnest
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