Museum at FIT to showcase Fairy Tale Fashion

December 29, 2015
By Sheryl Blasnik


The Museum at FIT recently announced their next exhibit: Fairy Tale Fashion, a dynamic and creative infusion of legendary fairy tales and fashion. Fairy Tale Fashion will include scenes from famed fairy tale authors, including Hans Christian Andersen, the Brothers Grimm, and Charles Perrault. A wonderland aesthetic of fashion will be curated through storytelling bringing together high-end couture with elaborate set design.

The exhibit will showcase garments and accessories dating from the 18th century to the present day. Designers such as Dolce and Gabbana, Alexander McQueen, Prada, Thom Browne, Rodarte, Rick Owens, Tom Ford, Giles, Mary Katrantzou, Marchesa and others will showcase their designs to create fairy tale vignettes. Adding to the exhibit will be the “glass slipper” designed by Christian Louboutin and a clutch bag by British designer Charlotte Olympia.

MFIT Fairy Tale Fashion

(Manish Arora, dress, 2010 – Christian Louboutin, Lady Lynch stilettos – J. Mendel, ensemble, 2011)

80+ items will be displayed in fantasy-themed settings with visitors entering into the Forest where scenes from “Little Red Riding Hood,” “Snow White,” “The Fairies,” “Rapunzel,” and “Snow White and Rose Red” will be recreated under the watchful eye of FIT Museum associate curator Colleen Hill.

Front and center in the exhibit lies the Castle where “Cinderella,” “Furrypelts,” “The Snow Queen,” “Beauty and the Beast,” and “Sleeping Beauty” are displayed.

“The Little Mermaid” and “The Swan Maidens” will comprise the Sea section of the exhibition followed by the fourth archetypal setting Parallel Worlds where “Alice in Wonderland” and “The Wizard of Oz” will be open to the imagination.

The imaginative creativity of the exhibit balanced with the fashion aspect is expected to attract audiences of all ages.

Fairy Tale Fashion will be open to the public from January 15 – April 16, 2016. In early 2016, Yale University Press will publish a multi-author book, titled Fairy Tale Fashion.

Photos: FIT Museum

Sheryl Blasnik


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