Fairytales have been colored in the hues and shades of Cinderella’s sparkly blue gown, Dorothy’s ruby red slippers and the baby pink dress of Aurora, aka Sleeping Beauty. That is to say, most of our fairy tale icons were created by a certain Walt Disney and then followed by pop culture.
However, the Fashion Institute of Technology spins a different kind of tale. The museum’s “Fairy Tale Fashion” exhibit, which runs until April 16, “is a unique and imaginative exhibition that examines fairy tales through the lens of high fashion.” The leading ladies are no longer the damsels in distress, the fairytale motifs are not draggy and the magical mouse’s effects are long forgotten.
On the left, Marchesa looks at Aurora, better known as The Sleeping Beauty, in the most royal way possible, jewels et al. On the right, Zuhair Murad does his magic with his haute couture gown from his Spring 2015 collection. To think that Aurora slept in this for 100 years makes me want to be the next sleeping beauty.
The original L. Frank Baum tale, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, said Glinda gives Dorothy silver shoes. But the 1939 Judy Garland film had ruby slippers. And Christian Louboutin’s 2009 stilettos make Dorothy look more like a boss and less like the damsel-in-distress-looking-for-Oz kinda girl.
Beauty and the Beast could give the royal family a run for their money. While the “scary” beast wears a three piece embroidered suit, the beauty Belle wears a grandiose gown like attire with flowersand feathers.
Snow White’s poisoned apple is among the most remembered motifs from fairy tales. The apple was evil, but Judith Leiber’s minaudière purse is far from being malicious, more like every woman’s dream.
“Off with her head” said The Queen of Hearts. Hideki Seo’s sculpture is everything that would make the queen a nightmare.
That’s not all. The exhibition also has some other favorites like, ” The Little Red Riding Hood,” “Furrypelts,” and “Snow Queen,” among others.
After you take a stroll through these beauties, you too will live happily ever after.