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Boden’s Whoopsy-splunkers Roald Dahl Collection Is Fit for Her Majester

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British brand Boden collaborated with Roald Dahl's estate on a capsule collection.
Darling kids in Boden’s darling Roald Dahl collection.

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Racked’s Slack just exploded with phizz-whizzing shopping news: Perhaps you thought every possible collaboration had been collaborated upon, but no! Boden’s just released a truly gloriumptious Roald Dahl collection.

Yes the clothes are for children and we are adults, but this human bean will happily squeeze herself into a boys size 11 to 12 years old T-shirt if it means she can wear the words “itchy little whippersnapper” across her chest.

Boden’s creative director, Laura Harvey, collaborated with Dahl’s estate in celebration of his 100th birthday. “As a brand, we like to encourage a bit of troublemaking, and that’s exactly what you find in Roald Dahl’s stories and his characters,” she says on the British brand’s site.

A worm spaghetti sweatshirt, from The Twits.
A worm spaghetti sweatshirt, from The Twits.

And thus began what looks like a totally delightful process of reading and re-reading books like Matilda and The Twits, The BFG and James and the Giant Peach, and interpreting the characters and their adventures into some of the most charming clothes and accessories I’ve ever seen.

The petticoat of a Matilda dress, for example, is a bookshelf full of the character’s favorite novels. A golden ticket on the Wonka-themed sweater is made of reversible sequins, so you can actually turn the black ticket gold with a single swipe. Inside the BFG cape, you’ll find an illustration of London’s skyline with the giant himself jumping over palace walls. And check out the smiles on the worms in the worm spaghetti — smiling worms!

One glaring omission is The Witches, Dahl’s rather terrifying novel about a cabal of child-hating witches (led by a wicked Anjelica Huston in the 1990 film). It might have been too scary for kids, but if the Grand High Witch is looking for a little something to add to her wardrobe, Balenciaga just showed square toed shoes for spring.