The Museum at FIT never fails to amaze with their extraordinary fashion exhibitions, and this year’s may be my favorite yet. Pairing the world of fashion with the fantastical legends of fairy tales, this new exhibition takes you into a world of magical wonder, and a little mystery as well.
Fairy Tale Fashion is a high fashion take on your favorite Brothers Grimm and Hans Christian Anderson tales (no Disney-fied versions here). The exhibition will feature creations from the fashion world’s favorite out of the box designers such as Alexander McQueen, Rick Owens, Prada, Rodarte, and Charlotte Olympia.
The gallery space is split up into 15 different classic fairy tales and “arranged within four archetypal settings” according to the museum’s website. The Forest section will include Little Red Riding Hood, Snow White and Rapunzel, with pieces like a red cape from Comme des Garçons that stands next to an authentic 18th century red cloak. The Castle includes an explosion of play cards on a dress from Manish Arora displaying Alice in Wonderland and Dorothy’s ruby red slippers a la Christian Louboutin. And the Sea showcases a pieces like a shimmering, silver gown from Thierry Mugler for The Little Mermaid and a stunning, draped gown from Charles James for The Swan Maidens.
The exhibit, which runs from January 15th to April 16th, is used to portray the idea “that dress is often used to symbolize a character’s transformation, vanity, power, or privilege” and will also feature large scale photography to go with some of the more intricate creations. Valerie Steele, the museum’s director and chief curator, told WWD that “The characters and themes resonate so strongly with our deepest fears and desires.”
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