“Fairytale Fashion”. A magical exhibition presented by the Museum at FIT.

Posted on January 17, 2016 | | 0 Comments

In New York, The Museum at FIT (aka the Fashion institute of Technology) launched a brand new exhibition called Fairy Tale Fashion . 80 objects are on display to the public until the 16th of April 2016, each placed in fantastical settings created by renowned architect Kim Ackert.


Fairy Tale Fashion includes garments and accessories dating from the 18th century to the present. There is a particular emphasis on extraordinary 21st-century fashions by designers such as Thom Browne, Dolce and Gabbana, Tom Ford, Giles, Mary Katrantzou, Marchesa, Alexander McQueen, Rick Owens, Prada, Rodarte, and Walter Van Beirendonck, among others.


The exhibition is split into four sections; each covering a different theme found in the works of classic children’s authors like Lewis Carroll, The Brothers Grimm and Hans Christian Andersen, 15 classic fairytales in total.







Section One : “Forest” presents  fairy tales connected with forests like Snow White,  Rapunzel and Little Red Riding Hood.

Several variations of Little Red Riding Hood’s red cloak are shown, beginning with a fashionable woolen cloak from the late 18th century—the style that is used to illustrate innumerable versions of the story—and concluding with a fall 2014 Comme des Garçons ensemble . The subsection on “Rapunzel” includes a stunning dress from Alexander McQueen’s fall 2007 collection, made from deep emerald velvet embellished with copper-colored beads that create a motif of cascading hair.




Section two : “Castle” is dominated by a large Castle and the section is influenced by the tales of Cinderella,  Furrypelts, Beauty and the Beast , the Snow Queen and Sleeping Beauty.

Cinderella’s spectacular glass slippers are exemplified by a pair of 2014 heel-less shoes by Noritaka Tatehana, 3D-printed in clear acrylic and faceted to reflect light. Clothing is central to a lesser-known Brothers Grimm tale titled “Furrypelts,” which calls for a cloak of many furs, in addition to magnificent dresses that look like the sun, the moon, and the stars. The latter is represented by a dazzling, early 1930s evening gown by Mary Liotta, covered in silver stars crafted from beads and sequins. In “The Snow Queen,” the beautiful villainess wears a coat and cap of pristine white fur, exemplified in Fairy Tale Fashion by an opulent hooded fur cape by J. Mendel from 2011 and a two piece enseble in a contrast black colour by Jean paul Gaultier.



Section Three : “Sea” references The Little Mermaid and the Swan Maidens. The Little Mermaid” is represented by a variety of beautiful, mermaid-inspired gowns, including Thierry Mugler’s 1987 bustier and fishtail skirt in metallic lilac fabric, and an elaborately crafted dress embellished with pearls, sequins, feathers, and Swarovski crystals from the spring 2015 Rodarte collection.



Section Four : “Parallel Worlds” explores fashion influenced by more surreal stories like Alice in Wonderlandand, The Wizard of Oz and Fairies. 

An eccentric bright blue mini-dress by Manish Arora, adorned with fabric playing cards  refers to the Queen of Hearts and her playing card army. By contrast, The Wizard of Oz makes numerous references to fashion, including Dorothy Gale’s blue-and-white gingham frock, represented by a checked cotton dress from the early 1940s by Adrian.



Photos and details courtesy by fitnyc

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