Fairy Tale Fashion at Fashion Institute of Technology
From January 15 to April 16 this year, FIT (Fashion Institute of Technology) sets up its Special Exhibition Gallery for the Fairy Tale Fashion exhibition, showcasing dozens of luxurious and beautiful garments to illustrate famous fairy tales, such as Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty and Little Red Riding Hood.
The design of every piece of garment derives from something or somewhere, whether it’s from a scenic, an object, or an old oil on canvas painting. In this exhibition, Fairy Tale Fashion, it collects garments that had their narratives inspired by fairy tales, solidifying and illustrating fictional stories in the best way possible.
A Journey Through the Forest calls to the piece on the left from Dolce and Gabbanna’s fall 2014 collection. Though many of the garments shown are referring to a gerneral fairy-tale iconography, this piece with woodland-inspired print reminds one of Red Riding Hood’s adventure through the forest.
Big Red Riding Hood – this piece from Comme des Garçons combines an enormous and peaked headpiece in patent leather with vertically cut strips hanging over the body. resembling the Big Red Riding Hood, this garment had received even more attention when worn by Björk in the Spring 2015 issue of T magazine.
Besides displaying garments from Couture, FIT also goes back into history and to find garments from the 18th to the 19th century that were possibly inspired by fairy tales. Above are two garments of a cloak from the late 18th century and a night dress from 1885, both depicting the story of the Little Red Riding Hood.
The Mirror Dress by Tom Ford was once worn by Jennifer Lawrence at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party. It’s a dress symbolizing vanity, frivolity and affluence for it’s detailed shining of reflection in every angle.
Next to the mirror dress introduces this Symmetrical Snowflake dress by Alexander McQueen, exhibiting a “frigid mathematical perfection” with rigid and solid black lines crisscrossing white prints, forming minalistic snowflakes while maintaining the rule that “no two snowflakes are the same.” While Anderson describes her wearing a gown of snowy white gauze, the dress’s touch of black adds some mystery to the plot.
White as Snow, Red as Bloog, Black as Ebony
Many grew up with the ingrained mindset on the identity of colors that white is pure, red is powerful, and black is the death. The color dye technique on this red Rodarte dress was inspired by the look of blood in water, steming a menacing beauty.
This grand and luxurious dress is by Dolce and Gabbana, featureing white roses in black outlines in a texture of Chinese brush drawings.
This gallery wishes to present to its audiance the plot of many fairy tales while not leaving any characters behind. These two dresses were linked to stepsisters. While one might ask: “how are stepsisters dressing in exclusively beautiful dresses?” stepsisters actually have an important role in fairy tales, thus should be elevated by beautiful dress in colors such as red, gold and black to attract attention of their cruelty.
Christian Louboutin created these finely-detailed and flattering heels, invoking the ideal night of Cinderalla again for the audience during the 2012 re-release of Disney classic animation of the tale. “The slipper is the magic wand of transformation which conjures confidence, beauty and love,” notes the designer.
Two gowns above depicts the fairy tale of Sleeping Beauty. The Romantic Pastel Gowns on the left was made with a dreamy and light texture lace or yarn. The stand-up collar of the right dress exposes a seductiveness in its low neckline which counters the original wired collar or ruff Sleeping Beauty had.
“I was amazed how this exhibition is able to put together dresses from different ages to recall our childhood memory of the fancy fairy tales. It’s definitely worth visiting,” said Mia Luo, freshman student at FIT.