This fascinating exhibition Fairy Tale Fashion could be seen at Museum at Fashion Institute of Technology, New York City. This place is not on usual touristic tracks. Moreover the entrance is free of charge. Finally it is not pure art, but art that you can actually wear. I do believe that haute-couture is art assimilated. So if you are looking for an exhibition out of the box in NYC – this is the perfect place to go.
Just think of all those tales: Little Red Riding Hood, Show White, Beauty and the Beast, Little Mermaid… What does it recall? As for me, it implies directly my childhood, my day dreams, imagination and first contact with life. When you become adult though, these stories seem sometimes so cruel and hard for the character. Red Hook got eaten by a wolf, Show White poisoned by an apple and Beauty given to the Beast by her own father. My preferred character, Little Mermaid, feels a terrible pain with each step because she made a sacrifice for her loved one. What a courage to pursue her dreams!
During my visit of Fairy Tale Fashion exhibition, all these came up from my subconscious. Child memories transformed into a sublimed elegance. Yes – it counts that all outfits and shoes are beautiful and made by well-known designers (Christian Louboutin, Nicholas Kirkwood, Tom Ford, Yves Saint Laurent, Rei Kawakuba and so on). But it is incredible how precise they are in reproducing the atmosphere of fairy tales with gorgeous details.
Minaudière in form of poisoned apple, provocative Big riding hood, melancholic dress reminding poesy and dreams of Little Mermaid, Sexy shoes in form of beast foots. It seems that if I put on any of these, the magic will start: handsome prince comes by or God mother appears out of the blue, or something like: my shoes have special power.
On the photo:
Big Red Riding Hood by Rei Kawakubo
A Walk in the Beast’s Shoes by Christian Laboutin
Photographic print from the Wonderland by Kirsty Mitchell
Fairy Tale Fashion at Museum at FIT
from January 15th until April 16th 2016
Seventh Avenue at 27 Street
New York City 10001-5992
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