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Fairy Tale Fashion chapter 1 Fairy Tale Fashion , meaning Fairy Tale Fashion , genre Fairy Tale Fashion , book cover Fairy Tale Fashion , flies Fairy Tale Fashion , Fairy Tale Fashion 1bd401707e736 A Conceptually Innovative And Visually Stunning Investigation Of The Interconnected Worlds Of High Fashion And Fairy Tales Dress Plays A Crucial Role In Fairy Tales, Signaling The Status, Wealth, Or Vanity Of Particular Characters, And Symbolizing Their Transformation Fairy Tales Often Provide Little Information Beyond What Is Necessary To A Plot, But Clothing And Accessories Are Frequently Vividly Described, Enhancing The Sense Of Wonder Integral To The Genre Cinderella S Glass Slipper Is Perhaps The Most Famous Example, But It Is One Of Many Enchanted Or Emblematic Pieces Of Dress That Populate These Tales This Is The First Book To Examine The History, Significance, And Imagery Of Classic Fairy Tales Through The Lens Of High Fashion A Comprehensive Introduction To The Topic Of Fairy Tales And Dress Is Followed By A Series Of Short Essays On Thirteen Stories Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, The Fairies, Sleeping Beauty, Beauty And The Beast, Snow White, Rapunzel, Furrypelts, The Little Mermaid, The Snow Queen, The Swan Maidens, Alice S Adventures In Wonderland, And The Wonderful Wizard Of Oz Generously Illustrated, These Stories Are Creatively And Imaginatively Linked To Examples Of Clothing By Comme Des Garc Ons, Dolce And Gabbana, Charles James, And Alexander McQueen, Among Many Others

10 thoughts on “Fairy Tale Fashion

  1. says:

    This book is beautiful There is nothing quite like it out there A well researched look at the fashion depicted in than a dozen fairy tales and how it has also influenced designers throughout history As someone who has a particular interest in fairy tales and design I really enjoyed the essays and imagery

  2. says:

    Once upon a time, there was a dress, a glass slipper, a red hood, ruined dancing shoes, and a furry pelt In Fairy Tale Fashion, Coleen Hill takes us back to the very fashioning of some of our most memorable tales and how these damsels clothing says than one might think Clothing has a very profound effect on us and there are certain pieces of clothing that have stayed in our universal consciousness Girls dream of having a Cinderella moment, perhaps at prom or on their wedding day Or when one puts on an evocative outfit, the first image in one s mind me be that you are emulating Little Red Riding Hood and that the wolves are out tonight I enjoyed Hill s ideas and how she juxtaposed older drawings with contemporary designs that called these fairy tales to mind However, I think that not enough time was spent on the objects of fashion in these fairy tales and while Hill s assertion that analysis should be left to people adept in that matter, I wanted to hear her analysis I wanted to know what she thought these timeless garments said about the population that hears these stories over and over and keeps these garments alive and well Included in her book are the stories of Cinderella the rag dress, the gown, the glass slipper , Little Red Riding Hood the hood , the Fairies clothes as a currency , Sleeping Beauty the stand up collar , Beauty and the Beast Beauty s new clothes , Snow White being tied up in corset lacing by the Evil Queen , Rapunzel the hair , Furrypelts dresses and pelt , the Little Mermaid losing tail, the comb , the Snow Queen the red shoes, as well as the very image of the Snow Queen , the Swan Maidens stealing a feathered dress , Alice in Wonderland clothing and hair ornaments , and the Wizard of Oz shoes Also included are essays on ballet s revival through fairy tales and its influence on fashion, the importance of shoes, and the craze over Alice bands.Whereas stories like the Little Mermaid and Beauty and the Beast depict stories of alienation between man s part in nature and in civilization, other stories are intrinsically linked in the world of fashion Cinderella, for example, may be a story about how clothing can be so beautiful that it appears to have magical properties Charles Perrault may have been inspired by the incredible court gowns at the time On the opposite side of this spectrum is Little Red Riding Hood, dressed in a violent color, punished for her idleness and ravished by a wolf In Hill s eyes, Sleeping Beauty becomes a tale about class, as spinning was considered peasant work, seeing as it destroyed the hands Beauty s collar indicates the wealth of her class, but when she wakes up 100 years later, all is for naught as the Prince mocks her dress as looking like one his mother would wear The rarity of blonde hair is cherished in Rapunzel, locked in a tower along with her girlhood When she tries to escape, the enchantress cuts off all of her hair which destroys Rapunzel s identity And the Swan Maidens features women who are beautiful yet savage, and perhaps their status as partly animal reminds us of the violent act that is after true love In Furrypelts, clothing displays the princess love for fashion as well as how clothing worked as currency in Perrault s time The Princess seeks help from heaven the stars, the sun, the moon and from the earth the pelts to escape her father The fact that she takes all of her dresses with her as she escapes to the forest shows how important fashion is to her Snow White is an interesting tale in that for most fairy tales, evil is equated with ugliness The Evil Queen is beautiful And perhaps she is such a memorable character because her hatred is powerful and frightening According to Hill, the Queen preys upon Snow White s, vanity, vulnerability, and sense of propriety There should be a balance between beauty and modesty Snow White displays this, enthralled with the corset laces that will spell her doom, as well as the apple, a reflection of her cheeks Shoes are incredibly important in fairy tales In the Snow Queen, the protagonist throws out her shoes as a form of sacrifice In The Red Shoes, Hans Christian Andersen s Karen has her vanity overtake her, dancing rapturously until her legs are cut off And in The Wizard of Oz, Dorothy s red shoes, originally silver in L Frank Baum s novel, are the key to her home What stands out as an important tale to Hill though is the Twelve Princesses, who escape their father every night and go down into a strange land to dance This dancing is a subversion of patriarchal values, and it is only in finding the ruined shoes the next morning that the King knows of their disobedience The shoes are red again, that violent color representing vitality and sin According to Hill, shoes are the facilitators of change in fairy tales, such as the case of Cinderella and Dorothy However, they can also be the relinquishing of the self to desire Desire and the longing for shoes enlivens the static female, fairy tale body Dancing itself is an act of transgression, as we see with Karen With the wicked stepmother who is forced to wear shoes made of hot coals, Karen, and Cinderella s stepsisters who hack at their feet, shoes are a way to make unruly and wayward bodies docile again This is true with the dancing princesses as well, who must be transformed into docile women again In most fairy tales, virtuous women who do not question the moral norms of their times are rewarded and women who are subversive are either punished or made docile once again As Hill says in Fairy Tale Fashion, fashion designers are story tellers They reclaim the stories for the fashion that is provided and these acts of transgression are transformed into valorous efforts Fashion cannot make us go through a transformation But we can utilize the glamor of fashion to cast an enchantment over others.

  3. says:

    I was really dispointed in this one, but I m having trouble figuring how to articulate it.I guess on a basic level the fashion didn t really seem to tie in all that much it often seemed like images were chosen and then tied into the story after the fact.On a deeper level it was the sheer uncriticalness of the text I admit I was in it for art inspiration, but after a few spreads of skeletalyoung women with apples I skipped inspiration and fell into annoyance Tying in fairy tales and fashion emphasizes some of the issues of the tales in the modern era the narrowness of the type of woman they wanted young and thin and pale good, fat or old or dark skinned bad And fashion still has so much of this going on, the images were perfect examples and I would have loved a little critical analysis of the beauty standards these tales both reflect and perpetuate and how fashion feeds off that and continues to perpetuate them.

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    I became aware of this book due to an event at the 2016 Cheltenham literature festival I was drawn to the event because I have a love of fairy tales, not because I am a great follower of high fashion Truly, I didn t really know what to expect I had never heard of Colleen Hill before but I left her event eager to get my hands on her book.As Colleen explains, this book is a result of her examination specifically into how fashion has been influenced by fairy tales but also the significance of fashion within the fairy tales And, as she quickly discovers, this is an area which has been neglected by fairy tale historians, academics and folklorists Fairy tales the imagery that they conjure to mind, the knowledge that certain things are expected within them permeate our minds and consciousness Beauty is often equated with being good and virtuous, whilst evil is often represented by ugliness both on the outside as well as on the inside So, what can the fashions of fairy tales tell us What is the significance of particular colours used within the original tales or later literary and cinematic reproductions With this book, Colleen attempts to look at such questions.The book is organised into three main sections The first is entitled Fashion and Fairy Tales this basically introduces Colleen s concept for the book, but she also provides a brief examination into literary fairy tales and their history The second section is The Tales here, Colleen examines separate fairy tales such as Cinderella, Rapunzel and Sleeping Beauty Colleen provides a summary for each tale before an in depth examination into how each tale has inspired fashion designers The final section comprises of Sleeping Beauty A Fairy Tale s Dance with Fashion by Patricia Mears Dancing, Desire, and Death The Role of Footwear in Fairy Tales by Ellen Sampson and finally, Of Bands, Bows, and Brows Hair, the Alice Books, and the Emergence of a Style Icon by Kiera Vaclavik.This is a fascinating and beautifully produced book It is coffee table book size, meaning that all images of the exquisite clothes are beautifully reproduced Yes, at full price, it is quite pricey, but this is a book that would interest anyone with either a love of fashion or a love for fairy tales.

  5. says:

    What a wonderful book Colleen Hill has done a great job in linking fairy tales to fashion She picks a few great tales Cinderella, Red Riding Hood, The Fairies, Sleeping Beauty, Beauty and the Beast, Snow White, Rapunzel, Furrypelts, The Little Mermaid, The Snow Queen, The Swan Maidens, Alice in Wonderland and The Wizard of Oz and then takes each one in turn and presents fashion that can be seen to be inspired by these magical tales Using her access to artefacts at the Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology really want to pay a visit now where she is a curator she carefully selects items to be presented along side the text In addition to this there are sumptuous photographs to swoon over from other sources and amazing styles of fashion to ponder.Hill also makes lots of interesting observations and her text had me looking up lots of topics to supplement what she was saying A well thought out book which is a stunning visual account of fairy tale fashion but equally an interesting account of the links.

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