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 make this a viable wardrobe option for those willing to burn through their greens. Garden Garments aren't always as glamorous and gorgeous as the page picture though. 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 to reinforce that women are Closer to Earth
by dressing them in plants 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.
of Improvised Clothes
A Sister Trope
to Live Mink Coat
(clothes from living animals).
See also Petal Power
Anime and Manga
Film - Western Animation
- Batman villainess Poison Ivy is fond of wearing a part or full leaf based costume.
- Tinker Bell and the Disney Fairies all wear flower or leaf based clothes.
- Similarly, the Leaf Men from EPIC wear leaf uniforms. Or else the Leaf Men are themselves partially composed of leaves.
- The Bible: After eating the forbidden fruit, Adam and Eve attempted to cover their nakedness through garments made of fig leaves (if you know what fig leaves look like◊, the symbolism is kind of obvious). God later provided animal skins for them to wear.
- The titular character in the Romanian fairy tale The Flower Queen's Daughter wears a dress woven out of flowers.
- 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.
- The elves, pixies, and most of the sprites from The Spiderwick Chronicles use this as their standard attire.
- 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.
- There are several green enchantments that boost a creature power and toughness and are represented by them being wrapped in wood or vines, like Oakenform and Moldervine Cloak.
- 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.
- 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.
- Their undergarments, however, appear to be appendages grown out of their bodies.
- 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.
- Leavanny, the Nurturing Pokémon, makes leaf clothing for small Pokémon it finds. Its pre-evolutions, Sewaddle and Swadloon, clothe themselves in leaves as well.
- The Petalars in Thundercats 2011 dress like this, though it may actually be part of their body, being plant people.
- 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. This includes the men, who wear leafy loincloths, and grow bushy, green, beards that make them resemble trees.