I love an exhibit on fashion, Savage Beauty at the V&A is one of my all time favourites, so after a doing a bit of research on my upcoming trip to New York I discovered “Fairy Tale Fashion” an exhibition that combines fairy tales with high fashion being held at the FIT (Fashion Institute of Technology) for free(!)
Inspired by tales from Charles Perrault, the Brothers Grimm, Hans Christian Andersen and more visitors are led into different settings like “The Forest” and “The Sea” where they can view beautifully detailed costumes influenced by a selection of favourite fairy tales.
Fairy Tale Fashion
I love this dress by Rodarte from Spring 2015. Inspired by The Little Mermaid by Hans Christian Andersen
“A young mermaid’s love for a human prince leads her to make a drastic decision. She visits a terrifying sea witch, who offers to transform the mermaid’s tail into legs – but at a steep price. When the mermaid is unable to win the prince’s hand in marriage, she dissolves into sea foam.”
I love this Manish Arora dress on the right from 2010. It was themed around Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.
Manish Arora created this dress in 2010 for a window display at the Printemps department store in Paris. Arora, Haider Ackermann, McQueen and other designers each made an ensemble to celebrate the release of Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland film. The playing card motif – referencing the King and Queen of hearts and their playing card attendants is an integral part of the “wonderland iconography”
This Dolce and Gabbana gown from 2012 is based on Snow White and Rose Red, the tale by the Brothers Grimm. The roses on this one of a kind ivory taffeta gown have been hand painted.
Of all of the descriptions of clothing in fairy tales Red Riding Hood’s ensemble is easiest to envision in real life. The red, hooded cloak commonly used to illustrate this character was a fashionable outer-garment during the late 18th and early 19th centuries.
Shoes For Cat Lovers
These Louboutin cat toe shoes = my dream.
The evening dress on the far left was designed by Mary Liotta in the 1930s. The star motif on this gown was intricately crafted from tiny silver beads highlighted by rows of silver sequins. The dress was part of the Furrypets tale by the Brothers Grimm. A story about how a beautiful young princess demands her father provide her with impossible garments in order to deter his proposal of marriage. Dresses that shine like the sun, the moon and the sun. Combined with a fur cloak made from the pelts of every animal in the kingdom. When the king manages to obtain these clothes, the princess flees into the woods. She disguises herself in the cloak and packs her three magnificent gowns. She later uses the gowns to awe a king in another land.
I absolutely loved this exhibit. I’d recommend any fashion lover visit it should you find yourself in New York. It runs until April 16th 2016 and with free entry it’s a no brainer really!