Oscar loves fashion. He sees the world in colours, textures and patterns that can all be turned into a dress or a high couture fashion piece. He always dreamed of designing heavenly cloths but despite him being a prodigy, his own self-doubt consumes him and paralyses his creativity.
After suffering from a long period of unemployment, and destructive thoughts, Oscar finds himself in the possession of a magical machine called The Sampo that makes any dress glow. And so his journey of frantic designing, sketching and obsession starts mixed with love, friendship, fear and determination.
Despite a slow start the plot pick up the pace in mid story and it is filled with disturbing events. The epilogue is very interesting because it brings a different point of view other than Oscar's diary but his friend’s Ben rational letter does little to settle the unnerving question: Is the Sampo real? Also, what happened to the red scarf?
If you like fashion, magic, and a struggling protagonist, this is the novel for you.