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FAIRY TALE FASHION BY COLLEEN HILL

Clothing illustrating “The Little Mermaid” and “The Swan Maidens.” From left to right: clothing by Charles James, Hideki Seo, Thierry Mugler, Norman Norell, Rodarte, Jean Louis Sabaji, Charles James, Jean Louis Sabaji, Giles, and Undercover
Clothing illustrating “The Little Mermaid” and “The Swan Maidens.” From left to right: clothing by Charles James, Hideki Seo, Thierry Mugler, Norman Norell, Rodarte, Jean Louis Sabaji, Charles James, Jean Louis Sabaji, Giles, and Undercover

Last month, while in New York, I had the pleasure to meet Colleen Hill and get an insight into her exhibition Fairy Tale Fashion at FIT that closed today.

The theme was to represent the inspiration behind classic fairy tales by different renowned fashion designers.

Furthermore, her idea was to shine ligtht on the relationship of fashion editorials and some of the most remarkable childhood stories such as Cinderella, Beauty & the Beast, The Snow Queen, and Rapunzel, amongst others 15 tales.

Alice in Wonderland by McQUeen, Haider Ackermann, & the cards dress by Manish Arora.

The more than friendly Colleen, shared her project’s evolution regarding the research material such as beautiful vintage books that surrounded her in her office. She wanted to represent the link between fairy tale and fashion, as an evocative but not overwhelming approach.

Colleen and her two books: Fairy tale Fashion & Sustainable Fashion.

She did so, by introducing us into a silhouette and shadow created forest done by xxxx. As you explored the enchanted grounds you could meet the different Rodarte, Dolce & Gabbana, Mary Katrantzou and Mc Queen’s of your dreams.

Amost everything was accompanied by appealling original books and a series of projections screened under the mannequins feet.

During our conversation, she confessed having spent a year preparing her project, with the approval of Valerie Steele, senior curator at FIT. This was a great opportunity for her to take the public into her own world. A world full of magic, playfulness, memorable childhood characters wrapped into silks and velvets…

After such an interesting meeting, she was so kind to give me a copy of an autographed edition of Fairy Tale Fashion which will hold an important place in my own library forever.

Images FlorBIbas and courtesy of FIT Museum.

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