|The Swan Maidens, Alice in Wonderland, Little Mermaid|
Organized by Colleen Hill, associate curator of costume, the exhibition was inspired when Ms Hill saw the Dolce & Gabbana, fairy tale themed fashion show in 2014 and thought that it would make a really fun topic to explore, and indeed she has with such delightful results that you will linger longer to escape into the fantasy of your favorite fairy tale. Image Left: 1. Undercover "The Swan Maidens," 2. A Manish Arora "Alice in Wonderland," 3. Rodarte "The Little Mermaid."
Why Fairy Tales? Because dress plays an important role in fairy tales, signaling status, wealth, romance, and happiness ever after. The presentation features more than 80 fairy-tale inspired designs, all placed in a fantasy-like setting designed by Kimberly Ackert, the American futurists architect who's behind Ackert Architects (thumps up for the girl-power collaboration).
|Russian supermodel Natalia Vodianova and Valentino|
Coleen Hill has included some works of art by some XX and XXI century illustrators and photographers, such as Edmud Dulac, whose H.C. Anderson tale's give the Danish stories a spell of magic as does Kirsty Mitchel's Wonderland series. The gallery, dominated by a large castle, narrates various fairy tales, including Cinderella, The Snow Queen, The Beauty and the Beast and other works by famous authors. Just to show you how fairy tale translates into other fashion venues note the Image Right: What Russian supermodel Natalia Vodianova had in mind for her White Fairy Tale Love Ball for her Naked Heart Foundation charity fashion show.
|FAIRY TALE FASHION by Colleen Hill|
Fairy Tale Fashion, the book, by Colleen Hill; with Patricia Meers, Ellen Sampson, and Kiera Vaclavik is the first book to examine the history, significance and imagery of classic fairy tales through the lens of high fashion. Generously illustrated well-remembered fairy tales are linked to examples of clothing by celebrated fashion designers. Yale University Press, available April 19, 2016.
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