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.
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.
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.